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'The Lemon Tree' Tells Mideast History Via Friendship

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Sandy Tolan talks about his book The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew and the Heart of the Middle East. The account grew out of a 1998 NPR documentary in which Tolan reported on a friendship between a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman that served as an example of the region's fragile history.

Tolan is the co-founder of Homelands Productions, and has made dozens of documentaries for NPR and PRI. He is also the author of the book Me & Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later, and he’s written for more than 40 newspapers and magazines. He currently directs the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism's Project on International Reporting.

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