The Other Latif

Radiolab’s Latif Nasser always believed his name was unique, singular, completely his own. Until one day when he makes a bizarre and shocking discovery. He shares his name with another man: Abdul Latif Nasser, detainee 244 at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. government paints a terrifying picture of The Other Latif as Al-Qaeda’s top explosives expert, and one of the most important advisors to Osama bin Laden. Nasser’s lawyer claims that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and that he was never even in Al-Qaeda. This clash leads Radiolab’s Latif into a years-long investigation, picking apart evidence, attempting to separate fact from fiction, and trying to uncover what this man actually did or didn’t do. Along the way, Radiolab’s Latif reflects on American values and his own religious past, and wonders how his namesake, a fellow nerdy, suburban Muslim kid, may have gone down such a strikingly different path.

  • The Other Latif: Episode 6

    Mar 17, 2020
    Despite being cleared for transfer home in 2016, Abdul Latif Nasser is still stuck at Guantanamo. Why? Latif digs for answers, and spoiler: it goes all the way to the top.
  • The Other Latif: Episode 5

    Mar 6, 2020
    What happened to Abdul Latif at Guantanamo Bay?  Latif visits the “legal equivalent of outer space,” and manages to see his namesake … maybe.
  • The Other Latif: Bonus Episode!

    Mar 3, 2020
    We’re not done with Episode 5 yet! While we wait, Jad and Latif chat about Abdul Latif’s response to the series, deleted scenes, and the nudges that make us who we are.
  • The Other Latif: Episode 4

    Feb 25, 2020
    Latif investigates Abdul Latif’s classified time in Afghanistan, and amidst the explosions and rubble, finds a jailhouse interview that changes how he sees his namesake.
  • The Other Latif: Episode 3

    Feb 18, 2020
    Abdul Latif Nasser gets a job working on a sunflower farm in Sudan.  What on earth could be suspicious about that?
  • The Other Latif: Episode 2

    Feb 11, 2020
    Latif travels to Morocco to trace his namesake's possible onramp into extremism and is surprised by what he finds.
  • The Other Latif: Episode 1

    Feb 4, 2020
    Radiolab’s Latif Nasser is stunned to find he shares his name with detainee 244 at Guantanamo Bay. This man was cleared to leave Gitmo in 2016, so why is he still stuck there?