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Catalyst Radio: local connections to Syrian Conflict

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Dr. Sam Attal and Dr. Mohammad Saleh, Syrian-born American doctors who have been helping Syrians affected by the conflict both in Grand Rapids and internationally.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with co-hosts Katie Gordon, Michele Fife and Jessica Young. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on community issues, public affairs, social justice, and media literacy. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.


Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

SRGR - Syrian Refugees Grand Rapids group photo

SRGR - Syrian Refugees Grand Rapids group photo /Sam Attal

Dr. Mohammad Saleh

Dr. Mohammad Saleh /Mohammad Saleh

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As Syrian-born Americans, Dr. Sam Attal and Dr. Mohammad Saleh have both played an important part in helping Syrians during this 5+ year uprising and conflict. This conversation gives a brief overview of where the Syrian conflict stands, the lack of international outcry and Western media coverage, as well as efforts locally and internationally to aid those suffering most from the conflict. 

More information:

Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)

Bethany Christian Services of Michigan

Samaritas (formerly Lutheran Social Services of Michigan)


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