The Dean Obeidallah Show: Should Apple unlock suspected terrorists’ iPhones?

On my live show Saturday morning I’ll be joined by Reza Aslan, best selling author and host of the new Ovation TV series, Rough Draft with Reza Aslan. Aslan’s new show, which premieres this Sunday night and features guests TV legend Norman Lear and singer Ingrid Michaelson, is a lot like Inside the Actors Studio, but with writers, a live musical performance, and lots of cocktails.

Should we close the Guantanamo Bay prison? Aslan, who is also a religious scholar, will join me to discuss President Obama’s push this week to close Guantanamo Bay prison. Is Gitmo making us safer or actually used by terrorists to recruit new followers? Is it true as President Obama said this week that keeping Gitmo open is hurting America’s standing in the world? That and more with Aslan.

Is Apple worried about protecting civil liberties or its corporate brand? NBC’s counterterrorism expert Laith Alkhouri will join me to tackle this issue from a counterterrorism point of view. Is this really about just one phone as the FBI is suggesting? Or is Apple’s CEO Tim Cook correct that FBI wants to require Apple to build a backdoor that will allow the government to access the iPhone data of any person suspected of wrongdoing? Apple filed a motion Thursday with the court asserting that was the real issue. What do you think?

You are my guest! This segment of the show features you, the SiriusXM listeners as my guest. It has been so popular the three weeks in a row we have tried it that we will do two segments of it on Saturday. The first question we will address together is: Can Donald Trump be stopped in the primary or the general election? And in the final segment of the show we will discuss: Should Hillary Clinton release the transcripts of her speeches to Wall Street firms and should Donald Trump release his tax returns?

Hope you not only tune in to my LIVE show, but join the conversation at 877-974-7487. I want to hear what you think about these issues, plus join us for our weekly “Ask A Muslim” a question segment.

Also if you live in the Raleigh Durham area of North Carolina, I’ll be performing stand up Monday night as part of  SiriusXM Insight’s Electoral College Comedy Tour with Pete Dominick and John Fugelsang on the campus of Duke University.  I hope you come out to the show. Plus I’ll be hosting all next week from Noon to 1 pm ET on SiriusXM Insight.  I’ll be broadcasting live from Duke University Monday and Tuesday as we get ready for the Super Tuesday primary contests. Hope you tune in.

My show airs live every Saturday at 10 am to noon ET on SiriusXM Insight (Ch 121) and repeats several times over the weekend. It is also available On Demand. Hope you check it out and better yet give us a call during the show to “Ask a Muslim” a question, discuss issues of the week or even be contestant on our weekly segment “Name That Religion.” And as always, I want to be your Muslim friend – so if you don’t have one follow me on Twitter at @deanofcomedy and I’ll follow you back or ask me questions at

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