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Radiolab

Radiolab’s Latif Nass­er always believed his name was unique, sin­gu­lar, com­plete­ly his own. Until one day when he makes a bizarre and shock­ing dis­cov­ery. He shares his name with anoth­er man: Abdul Latif Nass­er, detainee 244 at Guan­tanamo Bay. The U.S. gov­ern­ment paints a ter­ri­fy­ing pic­ture of The Oth­er Latif as Al-Qaeda’s top explo­sives expert, and one of the most impor­tant advi­sors to Osama bin Laden. Nasser’s lawyer claims that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and that he was nev­er even in Al-Qae­da. This clash leads Radiolab’s Latif into a years-long inves­ti­ga­tion, pick­ing apart evi­dence, attempt­ing to sep­a­rate fact from fic­tion, and try­ing to uncov­er what this man actu­al­ly did or didn’t do. Along the way, Radiolab’s Latif reflects on Amer­i­can val­ues and his own reli­gious past, and won­ders how his name­sake, a fel­low nerdy, sub­ur­ban Mus­lim kid, may have gone down such a strik­ing­ly dif­fer­ent path.

Episode 2: Morocco

Latif trav­els to Abdul Latif’s home­town of Casablan­ca, Moroc­co, to try and find out: was he rad­i­cal­ized? And if so, how? Latif begins by vis­it­ing the man’s fam­i­ly, but the family’s reac­tion to him gets com­pli­cat­ed as Latif digs for the truth. He finds out sur­pris­ing infor­ma­tion on a polit­i­cal group Abdul Latif joined in his youth, his alleged onramp to extrem­ism. Ten­sions esca­late when Latif real­izes he’s being tailed.