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The Other Latif: Episode 1

The Other Latif: Episode 1

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The Other Latif


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 1: My Namesake


We hear the evidence against Abdul Latif Nasser -- at least the evidence that has been leaked or declassified -- and we meet Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, his attorney, who contests more or less every government claim against him. Sullivan-Bennis walks us through the excruciating process that came close to releasing Abdul Latif Nasser in the waning days of the Obama administration, but fell apart at the last minute. He is now technically a free man -- he was cleared for transfer home in 2016 -- yet he remains stuck at Guantanamo Bay, thanks in part to a Presidential Tweet.


 







A photo of Abdul Latif Nasser 



Read more about Abdul Latif Nasser at the New York Times’ Guantanamo Docket. 


This episode was produced by Annie McEwen, Latif Nasser, Sarah Qari, and Suzie Lechtenberg. Fact checking by Diane Kelly and Margot Williams. Editing by Jad Abumrad and Soren Wheeler. Original music by Jad Abumrad, Alex Overington, Annie McEwen, and Amino Belyamani. 


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Comments (9)

Martha Gottesleben

What I'm hearing is that a bunch of government intelligence put this man in prison after which he continued to act hostile but because he said he didnt do it we believe hes innocent....ok well I'm not convinced yet but I'll keep listening I guess

Feb 27th
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Ian P. Davies

skips at 29:35

Feb 14th
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King Panda

Outstanding

Feb 11th
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Fuck You

I love the og intro!!! the show doesn't feel the same without it

Feb 9th
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Kelly Reay

Wow, this was a great intro to this series. I'm eager to hear the rest!

Feb 7th
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Casey Wollberg

plot twist: YOU are the other latif. remember when journalists didnt want to be the story?

Feb 5th
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Travis Henson

I’m hype of this! Can’t wait to hear more.

Feb 5th
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Oldskin

the way that woman at the start says survey over and over is so fucking annoying. what an ugly accent

Feb 4th
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