Friday, April 24, 2009

April 27 - May 1 Programs

Hi Everybody,

We’re still working on the line-up for next week’s shows, but it’s all fast falling into place:

Monday: With two thirds of Americans supporting investigations into the Bush administration’s use of torture, and 40 percent supporting criminal prosecutions, pressure on President Obama is mounting. The Center for Constitutional Rights is calling for the Attorney General to Appoint a Special Prosecutor. We’ll talk with CCR director Michael Ratner.

Tuesday: Well, it’s debt and evil bankers in Dickens’ Little Dorritt. Check your local listing for updates!

Wednesday: Gamorrah – Roberto Saviano’s expose of the Neopolitan Mafia, the book that shocked the Italian psyche and caused Saviano to go into hiding is now a feature film playing at the Orpheum in Madison. We’ll talk with a husband and wife team who know the scene in Naples firsthand.

Thursday: Prize-winning poet Martín Espada has sometimes been referred to as "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors." As a poet of justice, an advocate for those who remain unheard, Espada's work touches on the unrest of South America and the postcolonial conflict of Puerto Rico, the land of his ancestors.

Friday: If you haven’t yet discovered Vom Fass, (it means “From the Tap”) the German import store that features tastings of oils, vinegars, and now scotch right out of the barrel, you’re in for a treat.

That’s all Folks!


Friday, April 17, 2009

April 20-24 Programs

Jean is sick in the past few days, but we producers are proud to say that all shows are booked for next week.

Monday: Eco-Trip: Ever wonder how that gold ring got to your finger? Eco-adventurer David de Rothschild traveled the world to find the answer for this and other questions on his new TV show, Eco-Trip. It premiers next Tuesday on the Sundance Channel but you can talk with David and Jean Feraca about the true impact of our lifestyle.

Tuesday: Playing For Change: Mark Johnson and his film crew travelled to four continents to capture the music you’re hearing right now. Musicians from South Africa, New Orleans, Barcelona, India and elsewhere all singing the same song in the film and CD Playing for Change. We posted a link to a moving video clip of "Stand by Me" performed by musicians around the world.

Wednesday: The Greenwashing of Hollywood: Disney’s new movie Earth hits theaters Wednesday. It hopes to follow other nature films like March of the Penguins to box office gold. But are Americans ready to actually save the polar bear, or do we just like watching them on the big screen?

Thursday: Reggaeton: First it took Latin America, then the U.S., and now the world. It’s reggaeton, a music that meets at the crossroads of hip-hop and reggae. Jean Feraca talks to Raquel Rivera who co-edited a book on the subject, and she’ll take us to sweaty Puerto Rican clubs that gave birth to reggaeton.

Friday: Searching for Perfect Pizza: Peter Reinhart, a master bread baker, follows the trail from Italy to the States searching for the perfect pizzas and stories behind them.

Enjoy the spring. See you next week.

Lisa Bu
Web producer

Friday, April 10, 2009

April 13-17 Programs

My Pick of the Week (why have I been referring to myself in the third person?): Noam Chomsky. At eighty, surrounded by adoring sycophantic twenty year olds, this guy is the Tony Bennett of intellectuals. He was pretty hard on Obama, and, as it turned out, hadn’t had the time to read his speech from the Turkish parliament, but I really liked the answer he gave to my question, “Who are your mentors? How did Noam Chomsky become Noam Chomsky?”

Next Week on Here on Earth:

Monday: Planet Forward: Take web-savvy pioneers, viewer-driven television and eco-friendly innovations and you have Planet Forward, a new series premiering on PBS next week. I'll talk with Emmy-winning host Frank Sesno about future green ideas and their genesis on web.

Tuesday: What a Billion Muslims Really Think: Dalia Mogahed is the Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. She’s coming to campus as a guest of the Lubar Instittute for Abrahamic Studies to talk about the findings of Gallup’s unprecedented survey of Muslims worldwide.

Wednesday: Slow Money: First there was Slow Food, then came Slow Cities, and now Slow Money. Not surprising, investor Woody Tasch’s controversial book about the nature of slow money includes a forward by Slow Food patriarch Carlo Petrini and carries the sub-title: Investing as if food, farms and fertility mattered. Bottom line? “In soil we trust.”

Thursday: Klezmer Camp: Henry Sapoznik has been on the UW-Madison campus this semester as the 2009 Visiting Scholar on Yiddish and American popular culture. A four-time Grammy nominee, he won a Peabody for the series, the "Yiddish Radio Project". He promises to play klezmer on his banjo when he joins us on Thursday.

Friday: Curries: Are you ready for 660 Indian Curries? Raghavan Iyer, an award-winning teacher of the year, joins us to lead us through the sour, salty, sweet, pungent, bitter gateway to Indian cooking.

Happy Easter, and may you find many hidden treasures besides the eggs.


Friday, April 03, 2009

April 6-10 Programs

Jean’s Pick of the Week: Rediscovering the Russian Classics: What could be better than talking for an hour about Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky with two of the world’s best Russian translators?

Here’s what we have planned for you in the first full week of “the cruelest month:”

Monday: Yanamono Medical Clinic: Dr. Linnea Smith took a trip to the Peruvian rainforest 16 years ago and ended up opening a medical clinic on the banks of the Amazon. This year the clinic, which was largely built by Rotarians from Duluth, was in danger of being swallowed up by the Amazon. So the intrepid Rotarians trooped back down to the rainforest and started all over again. Linnea joins us with more harrowing and heroic stories.

Tuesday: “If the Nuremburg laws were applied, then every post World War American president would have been hanged.” Noam Chomsky said that. He’ll be paying Here on Earth a visit during his stay on the UW-Madison campus next week.

Wednesday: The First Paul: Two of the world’s leading Jesus scholars – Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan – expose the church’s attempt to silence Jesus’ most radical disciple – Paul.

Thursday: Being Gay and Muslim: Writer, blogger and director Parvez Sharma is openly gay. He’s also identifies as a Muslim. He attempts to bridge the chasm between the two with his latest documentary, A Jihad for Love, a project which found Sharma talking with gay and lesbian Muslims all over the world.

Friday: Lori Skelton explores Passover Sweets – no easy feat since everything has to be made without flour.

Hope you pulled off your April Fool’s jokes. I tried to convince my husband that I had converted to Islam, but he just turned the joke back on me and said, “Oh good. Now we can both give up sausages!”