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Mona Haydar and her husband Sebastian Robins gained international attention for their “Ask a Muslim” project— a booth offering free donuts in exchange for dialogue in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino extremist attacks. Not long after, Mona’s hip-hop anthem, “Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab),” gained more than 8 million views on YouTube, and Billboard named it one of the “Best Protest Songs” of the year. Now the couple star in the new PBS series, The Great Muslim American Road Trip, in which they explore the Muslim experience in America on a 2,500-mile drive from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Although they are practicing Muslims (Sebastian converted after meeting Mona), the couple, like most Americans, are unfamiliar with Islam’s deeps roots in America. The road trip enables them to experience the breathtaking panoramas and iconic roadside attractions that have made Route 66 famous, and learn more about the history of their faith and what it means to be Muslim in America today.