Friday, January 13, 2012

Programs for the Week of 1/16

Jean’s Pick of the Week: Through the Door of Life: I never expected to identify so closely with a transgender woman, but Joy Ladin’s life story, told so beautifully in her memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders, is really about the search for the authentic self. It’s a deeply spiritual journey at is heart, and Ladin is completely candid about her life-long struggle with suicide and the angel’s voice who finally rescues her from it.

Monday: Bill Strickland: Meet a man who transformed his own life from inner-city desperation to successful social entrepreneur. Today, he rescues at-risk school kids by using the arts to teach them life skills. He also created a model for turning displaced adults into productive workers. His work has helped re-invent America’s approach to social entrepreneurship.

Tuesday: A Semester At Sea: Established in 1963, Semester at Sea is the only study-abroad program of its kind in the world. On a ship that becomes a traveling campus, a community of faculty and students live and learn together, exploring a different world region every semester.

Wednesday: The Museum of Underwater Art: Can a sculpture garden save the world's coral reefs?: Amazingly enough, we discovered a story reported in National Geographic about an underwater sculpture garden situated in the Caribbean somewhere between Cancun and Isla Mujeres that is attracting a new kind of coral reef. Here’s a description:They stand in a submerged world of watery silence: hundreds of life-size sculptures, depicting scenes from everyday life. A portly man watching TV, a woman staring into the deep-sea abyss; someone slumped over the hood of a VW Beetle. Yet, each statue is a constantly changing, highly coveted habitat for choral, fish and other marine life—just like the sculptor intended. The Museum of Underwater Modern Art shows what a sustainable, symbiotic relationship with nature may look like.

Thursday: Talking with the Taliban: The Taliban announced this week that ten years after 9/11, it is finally willing to talk with the United States. There’s only one catch: in return, the Obama Administration has to release at least five senior Taliban officials held at Guantánamo. President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights Michael Ratner joins us to talk about prospects for peace, and the future of Guantánamo.

Friday: Feeding the Dragon: In 2005, Mary Kate and Nate Tate set out on a 9,700 mile trip across China, collecting recipes from the country’s myriad culinary traditions. From the snow-capped mountains of Tibet to the scorching deserts of Xinjiang, the brother-sister duo create a mouth-watering blend of food, culture and travel.

Enjoy the snow!


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