Worked on editing this piece for the Women’s International News Gathering Service on the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon. So terrible what people are going through there! Several women’s groups are pushing for dialogue amid continued violence.
New audio piece born of my language learning notebook and audio recordings from Togo.
“Girls of Togo,” adapted from my 2010 radio series Radio Réussite (produced in French in Togo), airs on the Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS) this week. It features my song “La Belle Vie.” Preparing this segment allowed me to revisit the voices of old friends, as well as refresh my memory and awareness of another way of life.
“Hominy, Frybread, Ramps, and a Casino: Evolving Cherokee Foodways” investigates the recent history of Cherokee foodways and examines lifestyle changes brought to the Eastern Band by the construction of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.
This piece, from interviews on the role of women during my Peace Corps service in Azerbaijan, aired on the Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS) in October 2008. The conversations here informed my decision to join the Girls’ Education and Empowerment program in Togo.
Morris Berman, author and historian of science, speaks with Wally Bowen about holistic versus mechanistic worldviews on a show called The Curiosity Shop in the mid-1980’s at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
“How you live is gonna have consequences….In Sanskrit the word is called karma.”
“Part of the problem with a scientific worldview is that it assumes a psychic distance between observer and observed.”
I recently revisited a folktale a teacher at the school I taught at in Togo shared with me in 2010. It’s called “Honesty,” or “L’honnêteté,” and highlights the problem of corruption. You can listen to my interpretation/translation from the French here:
When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, Leprechauns and potatoes may come to mind. But the Irish aren’t the only people to think about the little people. Many cultures have their versions of small, magical folk. And no matter where they live, fairies have to eat, too — right?
This audio piece I produced on “philosoforager” Alan Muskat, founder of No Taste Like Home, will air on APM’s The Splendid Table this weekend. Muskat connects foraging with regaining a sense of home in this life:
“I would like to communicate through wild foods this feeling that the Garden of Eden is real, and it’s a choice we’ve made, we make every day, to take what’s freely given as a gift, or to struggle to do it ourselves to replace it with what we think is better.”
Muskat’s foraging philosophy has prompted me to connect sense of home with my artistic philosophy of bricolage. Learn more in my Earth Flavors profile of lambsquarters, which features Muskat.
On the trail of fairy potatoes, a.k.a. air potatoes, cinnamon vine, shan yao, and Chinese yam, I run into several interesting characters. #EarthFlavor20. Also in Mountain Xpress here as “Fairy food: WNC’s wild air potatoes satisfy appetites, feed imaginations.”
The following audio piece is a fairy potato treasure hunt incorporating elements of Cherokee, Celtic, and Chinese folklore and a bit o’ magic: