Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

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H.M. Queen Noor of Jordan

In 1978 she became the first American-born queen of an Arab country when she married His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan. For the last three decades, she has been a world-famous advocate of cross-cultural dialogue and global peace.   In this interview with María Hinojosa, Her Majesty Queen Noor talks about her late husband’s efforts to maintain peace in the Middle East, how she balanced tradition with her role as a contemporary queen, and her initiative Global Zero, launched in 2008 to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide.

Maria on her interview with Queen Noor:

"Getting ready to interview Her Majesty was one of the few times that I felt just a bit nervous. I had never interviewed official royalty on Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One and of course the first thing that comes to mind is protocol. One never touches royalty unless they extend a hand. Queen Noor more than extended a hand. She was gracious and engaging with everyone in the studio. She is not a fast speaker--thoughtful and smart is more her style. It was an honest and revealing conversation. When she said a final good bye from a far, I threw her a pretend hug. She turned around and came back to give me one for real. Such is the touch of Her Majesty."


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ABOUT MARIA HINOJOSA: ONE-ON-ONE

About María Hinojosa

maria hinojosaMaría Hinojosa is a journalist and author as well as the managing editor and host of public radio's Latino USA

Throughout her career, Hinojosa has garnered many awards and honors. Since 1995, Hispanic Business Magazine has named her one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States three times.

In 1991, Hinojosa won an Associated Press award for her coverage of Nelson Mandela for WNYC Radio. That same year, she won a Unity Award and the Top Story of the Year Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for her NPR story Crews, about New York gang members. The NPR story evolved into the book Crews: Gang Members Talk to María Hinojosa.

She received both the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Radio Award and the New York Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Award for her NPR report Kids and Guns. For Manhood Behind Bars, a story for NPR that documented how incarceration has become a right of passage for men of all races, Hinojosa received the Robert F. Kennedy Award. She was inducted into the "She Made It" Hall of Fame of Women in Media. She is the author of the book Raising Raúl.

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María Hinojosa: One-on-One is a production of La Plaza, the Latino production unit of WGBH Boston.

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Funding for María Hinojosa: One-on-One is generously provided, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

 

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