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Khaled Jaraysa

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
02/12/2008

On September 11, 2001 Khaled Jaraysa got stuck in America. Today, how a trip to Seattle for a prosthetic arm became a six year stay. Khaled tells us how he's built a foundation to help the people he left behind in Palestine. We also hear three versions of "Hello, Hooray."


At 2:08 p.m. – Music From Seattle's Clown Prince of Politics
In the early 20th Century, Vic Meyers was known as Seattle's "clown prince of politics." He once dressed as Gandhi as a publicity stunt, he declared that the city should put flower boxes around all of the fire hydrants, and he actually won seats as both Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State. He also happened to be one of the most successful band leaders of the speakeasy era. Peter Blecha is the author of Music in Washington: Seattle and Beyond. Peter says Vic Meyers was notable on many levels — including recording the first commercial record in Seattle.

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At 2:20 p.m. – South Asia Meets the Northwest
Immigrants from South Asia have been coming to the Northwest since the late 19th century. A new oral history project at the University of Washington is gathering the stories of immigrants who arrived in the 20th century. Today, Librarian Deepa Banerjee shares the experiences that brought South Asians to Seattle and kept them here.

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At 2:40 p.m. – Eric Lane Barnes on "Hello Hooray"
Eric Lane Barnes shares three different versions of the song "Hello Hooray," covered by Joan Collins, Alice Cooper, and Phe Cullen.

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At 2:50 p.m. – Khaled Jaraysa
After September 11, many people found themselves stuck, unable to travel home. Khaled Jaraysa was one of those people. He came to Seattle from Bethlehem for a new prosthetic arm, and what was supposed to be a month–long trip turned into six years and counting. Now a student at Seattle University, Khaled has started a foundation called Children Of Peace. The foundation aims to help other Palestinian kids who, like him, are traumatized by the violence surrounding them. And even though Khaled's well aware of the dangers of his homeland, he's returning as soon as he finishes school here.

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