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Military Manoeuvres

An American convert to Islam explains why he was drawn to violent extremism.

We’ll meet Michael Muhammed Knight, an American convert to Islam who explains why he was drawn to violent extremism— and how he came to ultimately reject it. We’ll also hear how former US soldiers use body art to mark their service and share experiences that are often hard to put into words. And, the grandson of General George S. Patton tells us why he makes films, not war.

Plus: memories of fleeing Vietnam, landing in Idaho and asking people for candy. Why anti-communist Vietnamese refugees in New Orleans signed up for a cooperative farm. And we’ll meet David Radzynski, Israel's newest concertmaster, who’s leading a youth movement at the country's premier orchestra.

Image: Michael Muhammed Knight, an American convert to Islam who very nearly joined the ranks of Islamic fighters in Chechnya. Credit: Barbara Muerdter/ www.popkontext.de

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27 minutes

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Sat 30 May 2015 19:32GMT

Chapters

  • Violent Extremism

    Why are some Western converts to Islam drawn to fighting for groups like Islamic State?

    Duration: 04:21

  • War Ink

    How US soldiers commemorate wartime experiences with body art

    Duration: 04:05

  • ‘I was There’

    Film-making workshops help former US soldiers cope with post-traumatic stress

    Duration: 04:34

  • First Days

    Memories of fleeing Vietnam, landing in the American West and asking people for candy

    Duration: 02:59

  • Co-operative Farm

    How the BP oil spill forced a huge change for Vietnamese fishermen in Louisiana

    Duration: 04:02

  • Top Violinist

    Israel's newest concertmaster leads a youth movement at the country's premier orchestra

    Duration: 04:52

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