Saturday, February 16, 2008

Feb 18-22 Shows

Dear Hereonearthians,

Salve! And yes, thank God it's over. Thank you all for your support, and let's all look forward to Here on Earth the way God intended it.

Monday: Joe Hardtke scored a big one for us in getting Iranian exile Marjane Satrapi to join us at the start of her American tour to talk about the huge success of Persepolis, her graphic novel, now an animated film (currently at Sundance in Madison) nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year's Academy Awards. (Feb. 24)

Tuesday: We've just learned that Steven Spielberg is boycotting this year's Olympic Games in support of Darfur and to protest China's support of the government of Sudan. We think it might be the start of a boycott movement and we're working to find the right guests. Any ideas out there?

Wednesday: Turkish Head Scarves. Many Turkish women are devout Muslims who are clamoring for the right to wear their head scarves in public buildings, a practice Turkey's traditionally secular government disallows. (It's the reverse of what you'd expect) Will the new Islamist government reverse the law? And does this portend a swing to Islamic conservatism for secular Turkey?

Thursday: Latin America: The Forgotten Continent. Michael Reid argues in his book that in spite of Latin America's struggles to create fairer communities, making it one of the world's most prosperous laboratories for democracy, it remains The Forgotten Continent.

Friday: What is the origin of the fortune cookie? Los Angeles and San Francisco both lay claim to it. Chinese and Japanese restaurants both offer them. But is it only American after all? This hour we crack open the fortune cookie.

We need each other to get through February. Please stay plugged in, and check out my blog entry, "Broccoli Rape for Breakfast."



Brian Dunbar said...

What is the origin of the fortune cookie?

You are of course familiar with Stan Freberg's 'Fortune Cookie Factory' skit, yes?

I've only heard it once but the punchline still makes me laugh.

Anonymous said...

Cool idea! I'll have to snoop around and find that audio for Friday's show. Stay tuned...

Joe Hardtke
Tech. Director
Here on Earth