Friday, February 27, 2009

March 2-6 Programs

Jean’s Pick of the Week: Mardi Gras! We managed to bring both the dark and the light side of Mardi Gras into the conversation – perfectly in keeping with the real essence of Fat Tuesday. I especially appreciated the wonderful callers from New Orleans and Mobile who added such a rich dimension to the show.

Pledge Report: We’re actually ahead of where we expected to be thus far into the drive, thanks to your incredibly generous support. The drive ends at 1:00pm on Monday, so here’s what’s coming up on Here on Earth in the week ahead:

Monday: Canadian Physicist Searches for the Next Einstein in Africa: Neil Turok is a TED prize winner who founded the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cape Town. He’s working to promote math and science education in Africa so that the world’s next Einstein may be African.

Tuesday: Daughters of Shame: Jasvinder Sanghera, founder of Karma Nirvana, author of Shame and Daughters of Shame, helps women escape from forced marriages and honor-based violence.

Wednesday: Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Waltz with Bashir is an animated documentary film written and directed by Israeli veteran Ari Folman. It tells the director’s own story of his attempt to piece together the lost memory of a massacre in which he participated during the 1982 Lebanon War. Folman himself joins us from Israel.

Thursday: Inside Pakistan: Real People; Real Lives: You may have noticed the buzz about Daniyal Mueenuddin’s collection of linked stories: In Other Rooms, Other Wonders and that’s because it’s a really terrific book that provides a window into a remote world rarely captured in fiction. Plus, the guy’s story is amazing – he grew up in Lahore, Pakistan and Elroy, Wisconsin!

Friday: Can anybody be a food critic? Maybe so, but not like Moira Hodgson, the daughter of a British foreign service officer, who discovered American food in Saigon, ate wild boar and snails in Berlin, and learned how to make potatoes 57 different ways from her Irish grandma. She serves it all up in her memoir, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: My Adventures in Life and Food.

Again, thanks so much for all your support this week. Your reward will be in heaven and so long as you keep listening to WPR!


1 comment:

grammacamper said...

Hey - the lady that had cooked the pig in her oven cut in half was so funny! I was in my office at work & just burst out laughing. Don't think I would've thought of cutting the pig in half, but it was a great solution! Left a hysterical mental picture.