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Once The 'Jon Stewart Of Egypt,' Bassem Youssef Is Reinventing Himself In America

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Bassem Youssef gained international recognition as the host of a political satire television show in his native Egypt.

In his first children's book, "The Magical Reality of Nadia," the cardiac surgeon and political satirist argues that being different is a strength.

Bassem Youssef is a cardiac surgeon who took on the issues of the day in his native Egypt as the host of a weekly television show. His political satire led to Youssef eventually fleeing his homeland for the United States. He explains the inspiration for his latest venture, a children's book.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.