Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Good Week for Pie!

Carly Yuenger

It's a short week for us here, but we're heading into a couple of great archived shows before the holiday weekend. And, to supplement that, what better than pie?

Fortunately, Evan Kleiman, host of Good Food out of KCRW in L.A. and last Friday's guest for our show "Who's Bringing the Pie?," was kind enough to send along one of the recipes discussed on the show: Espresso Chocolate Pecan Pie. You can stream or download the MP3 of the show here and you can check out her recipe below.

Be sure to come back after you've tried it and leave your impressions, or, just share your favorite holiday pie recipe.

Espresso Chocolate Pecan Pie

In this recipe the Cocoa Nibs, coffee extract and bittersweet chocolate cut the sweetness of the traditional filling and add a deeper flavor. They can be found at Surfas in Culver City or at

  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked or frozen deep-dish pie crust
  • 6 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Karo© Light or Dark Corn Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ cups pecans
  • ¼ cup Sharffen Berger Cocoa Nibs*
  • 1 Tablespoon Trablit Coffee Extract *
Preheat oven to 350°F. Scatter the chunks of chocolate over the pie crust. In medium bowl with fork beat eggs slightly. Add sugar, Karo®, butter and coffee extract and stir until blended. Stir in pecans and Cocoa Nibs. Pour into pie crust. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Jean's Pick of the Week for November 20th

Joe Hardtke

You don't have to journey 7,000 miles to guess Jean's pick of the week. In fact, just watch this video...

...and download the show from our Here on Earth archive. You can hear other shows like it right here. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Global Competence - 11/17

Dominique Haller

For today's show about global competence, we've worked very closely with Masarah van Eyck from the Division of International Studies at UW-Madison. She wrote an article about global competence that served as our starting point for preparing this program. In her article, she raises some interesting questions about what global competence really means.

In our show today, we will try to go beyond the usual tales of travels abroad and of the initial disorientation that we experience in new surroundings. We will try to discuss global competence in terms of leaving your comfort zone - whether you are right at home or on the other side of the world.

How do you understand global competence? Do you think it is something that we can learn? How has traveling outside of your comfort zone made you see who you are and how you relate to others? And can you tell us about existing practices in your school that promote global competence?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Jean's Pick of the Week - November 13th

Joe Hardtke

Jean's favorite show this week involves an emotional story (and lots and lots of tigers...)

You can download and listen to Jean's pick in the Here on Earth archive.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Environmental Film Festival - Madison 11/05

Dominique Haller

With Jean still being sick, we unfortunately had to cancel our show about Garbage Dreams, one of the films that will screen at the "Tales from Planet Earth" Film Festival here in Madison this weekend.

In her film, director Mai Iskander follows three teenage boys who were born into the trash trade and who grow up in the outskirts of Cairo, in what is called Cairo's garbage village. Here, 60,000 Zaballeen or garbage people survive by recycling 80% of the garbage they collect from Cairo residents. While Mai's film clearly shows the hardship of the Zaballeen in the face of poverty and the globalisation of their trade, it also highlights some of the environmental lessons we can learn from environmental and social grassroots movements all around the world.

The "Tales from Planet Earth" Environmental Film Festival will screen a wide array of films not only about the environment, but also about the social consequences our actions on the environment have. But "Tales from Planet Earth" does more than just show films. The festival has partnered with several community organizations where you can take action - so once the lights go back on, you can direct your energy back into several community events.

Arab Bodies (Encore) & Our Pick of the Week - 11/5

Joe Hardtke

Jean Feraca is still feeling under the weather, unfortunately, so we've decided to air another popular show from the Here on Earth archive today.

We'll revisit Joumana Haddad, the Lebanese journalist and poet with her provocative effort fighting sexual taboos in the Arabic-speaking world. We called the show "Arab Bodies" and we talk about how you can get involved in the discussion in this video from the Here on Earth production office.

We also pick our favorite show of the week... Kind of...

You can download the "Arab Bodies" show for free from our Here on Earth archive. Oh, and as promised in the video, here's Christopher Walken with his "interpretation" of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face."

Stay healthy, everyone!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Vanishing Face of Gaia - Postponed

Joe Hardtke

It's a bit of a rough week around here! First Jean falls ill and is taking a well-deserved break at home. Then James Lovelock, our guest today, couldn't join us for this afternoon's live program.

Carly Yuenger will try to sort out things with Mr. Lovelock's publicist and reschedule the interview on his book The Vanishing Face of Gaia. In the meantime, we'll forge ahead Wednesday with Lori Skelton, who admirably offered to fill-in for Jean, and a thought-provoking show on the international history of poker. Not only its history, but how this French aristocratic parlor game continues to influence America's outlook on the world. Lisa Bu booked this program with James McManus, author of Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker, and it promises to be a suprising look at an everyday activity you might not think twice about.

As for today's show, we're rebroadcasting a program with lawyer, scholar and author Sumbul Ali-Karamali on her book The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, The Media and that Veil Thing. Even though we're not live, you can still call in and leave a comment at our Here on Earth hotline, 1-877-GLOBE-07, or leave a comment right here at the Blog Without Borders. We'll use them in a future mailbag segment. Thanks for listening and hanging in there! Don't get sick now...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Think Again: Asia's Rise - 11/4

Joe Hardtke

Unfortunately, Jean is out sick today and we're working to reschedule our interview with Wayne Karlin on his book Wandering Souls. In his place today, we're going to air one of our more popular shows recently according to your hits at Here's more detail in a video from our production office...

So keep those calls coming to 1-877-GLOBE-07 or post your thoughts right here at the Blog Without Borders and we'll use them on a future show. Thanks for listening!