Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Shaina Shealy is a producer and journalist whose work focuses on religion, identity and women's health and safety. She currently produces radio stories at WNYC's Snap Judgment in Oakland, California.
Arts, Culture & Media
Than Toe Aung faced years of discrimination and harassment as a Muslim in Myanmar. When he discovered the power of slam poetry, he decided to use it as a tool to speak out, unite and fight for justice.
Aye Aye Dun says her parents told her to ignore what was happening to Rohingya in Myanmar. So she got organized.
A recent Myanmar government report says the number of rape cases in Myanmar increased by nearly 30 percent from 2016-2017.
Teklit Michael dreamed of competing in the Olympics. But the Eritrean runner had to flee his country. He's now among the estimated 20,000 African migrants living without papers in Israel. And Israel has announced plans to deport them.
An Arab Israeli woman with three daughters decided to make sure her next pregnancy would be a boy. So she traveled to the West Bank for a sex selection procedure that is highly regulated in Israel.
Muna Assaf used to work in public health. But when she went into Besan 101.9 to pitch a radio show, the owner made her station manager.
When I went to camp Anytown Alabama, the focus was on interracial dialogue. Now immigration is part of the camp curriculum.
Abortion is illegal in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, but many women still seek access. Illegal abortions are a leading cause of maternal death there.
Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem was once nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. But since October, Jewish and Palestinian women are both avoiding its shared maternity ward.
Israeli linguist Arik Sadan is an authority on the Arabic language. Palestinian Sobhi Bahloul is Gaza's best-known Hebrew teacher. They share a love for the other's native tongue. But these two linguists have never met.