Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Minnesota’s fifth district, was the first Muslim-American elected to the U.S. Congress. He told us about his decision to use Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an during his swearing-in ceremony in 2007.Comments 
Gary Gensler, outgoing chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has been called the “best” chairman of the Federal financial regulation institution. But you could also add another title to his many accolades: highly-skilled ballroom dancer.Comments 
Listener Scott Jennings shared some of his son’s great photos from a recent trip to Kiev, Ukraine, where public protests have dominated the streets of the Eastern European capital city.Comments 
Alisa Ruban, International Secretary for the Democratic Alliance, a main opposition party in Ukraine, tells us that protests in the Eastern European country are continuing, and their main goal now is for President Victor Yanokovich to resign.Comments 
Freelance reporter Eric Lyman tells us that Pope Francis’ latest statement is drawing attention from many quarters of the international media — ourselves included — for its unique take on larger economic issues.Comments 
On our Monday, Dec. 2 program, author and journalist David Laskin discussed how he traced the three branches of his mother’s family for his book The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century. Laskin’s family of Russian-Jewish immigrants includes Zionist pioneers, Maidenform Bra Company founder Ida Rosenthal and seventeen victims of the Holocaust. Here, Laskin describes how all of us can launch our own family search.
Our pre-Thanksgiving hour on the different ways diverse American cultures find their way to the collective holiday table included more than a few delicious recipes. Our three guests offer their ideas for your own uniquely modern American feast.Comments