Friday, April 18, 2008

April 18-25 Programs

Hello Here-on-Earthlings!

I’m heading north again this weekend. Randall Davidson and I will be at the Aaron Bohrod Gallery at UW-Fox Valley for a reception and reading this Friday as part of the Fox Valley Literary Festival. Then it’s off to our studios in Green Bay to do a Here on Earth program on sturgeon caviar, and after that I head south again to Wisconsin Rapids to read on Saturday at the Prairie Chicken Festival, although I’ve never written anything about prairie chickens.

Here’s what’s coming up this week on Here on Earth:

Monday: Chasing the Olympic Torch: 37 arrested in London, chaos in Paris, and Free Tibet banners flying from the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s been a wild ride for the Olympic Torch, and it’s far from over. Should we boycott the games? Joe says this one promises to be “a firecracker.”

Tuesday: Maronite, Coptic, Armenian Orthodox: As we head into Holy Week in the Eastern Orthodox Church, we sample some of the riches of the Eastern Christian liturgies with Andrew Krivak, a former Jesuit, and the author of A Long Retreat.

Wednesday: Here on Earth travels north to celebrate Earth Day at Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. Our theme: Growing Up Wild: Connecting Kids with the Great Outdoors.

Thursday: The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: In an age of irony and irreverence, we still have a desire to believe. No one taps into our longing more than the Dalai Lama. Celebrated travel writer Pico Iyer talks about why the Dalai Lama matters and what lies ahead for the spiritual leader, globe trotter and simple monk.

Friday: Did you ever pull up a weed from your garden and think "Hey, that looks good enough to eat!" From dandelions to chickweed to grape leaves, learn how to forage the roadsides and fields with Wildman Steve Brill, America's Best-Known Forager.

I’m out a here!


Friday, April 11, 2008

April 14-17 Programs

Cari Amici!

Here’s what’s coming up on Here on Earth:

Monday: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine and the One State Solution: For an unflinching analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with an equally bold and unflinching solution, join me with London-based Palestinian physician, Dr. Ghadi Karmi, a 1948 refugee from Jerusalem, the author of Married to Another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine.

Tuesday: For a whale of a story, we take a look at the international whaling industry: Who hunts them? Who eats them? How many are left?

Wednesday: You don’t have to become a monk to live like one. The BBC recently broadcast a television special that chronicled the adventure of a group of laymen who set out to live the monastic life.

Thursday: Many of us were captivated by the images of three protestors who crawled up the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco this week in support of a Free Tibet. We’re in touch with the organization that sponsored them, and hope to follow up on the waves of protests that are plaguing the Olympic Torch on its journey from Athens to Beijing.

Friday: I’ll be in Green Bay today with colleague and fellow writer Randall Davidson to take part in the first annual Fox Cities Literary Festival. We’ll be in Menasha at the Aaron Bohrad Gallery for a reception and readings. After that, I’ll be whisked away to our studios in Green Bay to host a Friday Here on Earth food program about Caviar. Would you know what to do with 50 pounds of sturgeon eggs? Betsy Krizenesky does!

Have a great weekend!


Friday, April 04, 2008

Ciao Amici!

Without intending it, we have lined up an almost completely Hispanic week on Here on Earth, with the exception of one Australian theologian!

Here’s how it shakes out:

Monday: Fermat’s Room: A scary Spanish film featured in this weekend’s Wisconsin Film Festival, and this year’s choice for World Cinema Day, Fermat’s Room has an intriguing premise straight out of The Pit and the Pendulum: 4 mathematicians locked in a shrinking red room that will crush them to death if they don’t solve the problem! Talk about pressure!

Tuesday: Juan Felipe Herrera, a multi-talented writer/performer whose many works focus on the politics of immigration and identity issues in the Latino community. His latest book is 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border.

Wednesday: Isabel Allende talks about her latest memoir, The Sum of Our Days, a passionate and inspiring look at the life of the Allende family held together by the resolute matriarch – Isabel herself - after the tragic loss of Paula, her daughter.

Thursday: Michael Morwood, the controversial Christian theologian, author of Is Jesus God and Tomorrow’s Catholic is in the midst of a rare US tour. We’ll catch him as he flies by.

Friday: We break stride with our Food Friday tradition today to welcome the star of the 2005 Madison World Music Festival, Lila Downs, back to Madison. The daughter of a Mixtec cabaret singer, Downs has been touring internationally performing native Mesoamerican music in Mixtec, Zapotec and Maya. She was featured in the movie Frida. You’ll love her if you don’t already.

What a week! You come too and make it really special.