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My guest today left Egypt as an adult for the US, also under politically grim circumstances. During the Arab Spring, as his country convulsed toward revolution, he became a leading voice of dissent. A trained surgeon, he made an unlikely transition to famous tv satirist for millions of viewers on his nightly political comedy show. Bassem risked jail, helped facilitate the toppling of a dictator who’d been in power for 30 years, and after all that change decided it was time to start a new life in America.
And just yesterday I was complaining that I’m sick of New York City, but I don’t see how I could possibly leave . . .
Bassem Youssef is a comedian, writer, and the smart, funny host of the podcast ReMade in America.
Surprise conversation-starter clips in this episode:
Alvin Hall on being black in the US vs. the UK
Michio Kaku on the new economics of space exploration
Alice Dreger on social media slacktivism
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