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FRONTLINE: The Man Behind The Mosque

Airs Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV (updated from September 13th)


Credit: Courtesy of © Richard H. Cohen/Corbis

Above: In "The Man Behind the Mosque," FRONTLINE tells the inside story of New York City real estate developer Sharif El-Gamal (pictured) and the most controversial building in America.

It became the most controversial building in America, a mostly derelict property in lower Manhattan made infamous overnight as the Ground Zero Mosque. Going beyond frenzied media portraits at the time, FRONTLINE tells the inside stories of Sharif El-Gamal, a real estate developer, and of the victims’ relatives and anti-Islam activists who helped turn his project into a continuing battle over faith, values and the meaning of being American.

Also in this episode: Adam Davidson of NPR’s “Planet Money” returns to Haiti to meet a man with an unlikely plan to help turn around his country’s economy through tourism.

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This broadcast was originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2011, but has been moved to September 27.

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