Global activism in India, the music of Roberto Fonseca by WBEZ’s Worldview

Worldview revisits its “Global Activism in India” series with a visit to the mountains of Udaipur, India – Manish Jain grew up in Willowbrook, IL. After attending Brown and Harvard Universities and a career in conventional education and at multilateral institutions like UNESCO, Jain felt there was a better, alternative approach to educating, mentoring and training youth. So he and a group of friends moved to India to start Swaraj University. The school includes an urban youth center and a biodiverse ashram. Jain and Swaraj co-founder Reva Dandage, tell us how a university that doesn’t grant diplomas has changed their lives and the lives of young people in India.

Global Notes, the music of Roberto Fonseca – This week on Global Notes we bring you the sounds of Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca.

Fonseca is rooted in the Afro Cuban tradition that so many people first identified with the Buena Vista Social Club. But he’s also taking the form in new and unexpected directions.
Fonseca and his rhythm section play tunes in our Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio.


Jimmy Carter looks back, photographer Lynsey Addario looks out by WBEZ’s Worldview

Jimmy Carter looks back — We revisit a conversation with former President Jimmy Carter’s . He spoke to us about his 29th book, ‘A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety’. We spoke with the president about his life, hist legacy and his thoughts on today’s society.

Photographer Lynsey Addario — Lynsey Addario became a top photojournalist in the post-9/11 world. Her detention in Libya with three other New York Times journalists made international news. Addario’s new book “It’s What I Do” explains how she’s negotiated difficult circumstances in Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq and countless other hot spots. The book offers an inside account of one of the world’s most demanding jobs. Being in a male-dominated business, Addario negotiates the disadvantages of being a woman, while capitalizing on the advantages. She’ll tell us about the professional and the personal price of photojournalism today.

A history of US/Puerto Rican relations, Worldview in India by WBEZ’s Worldview

A history of US/Puerto Rican relations — Puerto Rico’s relationship with the U.S. is long and complicated. Nelson Denis joins us to discuss the legacy of U.S. influence in Puerto Rico. He’s the author of War Against All Puerto Ricans Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony. The book looks back at the history of U.S. intervention into the politics of Puerto Rico and is based on interviews, oral histories, congressional testimony and recently declassified FBI files from the 1898 U.S. invasion through today.

Worldview in India (a look back) — Earlier this year Worldview traveled to India with the India Development Service (IDS) to meet with the organizers of an initiative to educate, house and uplift rag-pickers’ and their children. Rag-pickers are people in India who rummage through refuge to make a living and for their very survival . Worldview spoke with Ashish Jain, director of Indian Pollution Control Association, about how he is teaching the rag-pickers how to recycle and develop the garbage they sort. The group provided a space for this rag-picker community by building a small village within a Delhi garbage dump. IDS helped fund an on-site school for the rag pickers’ children.

Fighting for rights in Guatemala, Syrian clarinetist uses music for peace by WBEZ’s Worldview

Fighting for better rights in Guatemala. Every year, the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission awards the Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defender Award. This year the award went to Prensa Comunitaria (Community Press). It’s a community media organization in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. We’ll speak with Lorenzo Mateo Francisco. He’s a Q’anjob’al indigenous leader and a member of Prensa Comunitaria. He’s also director of the community radio station in Huehuetenango. He’ll tell us about how the Guatemalan government shuts down media it views as adversarial.

Syrian clarinetist uses music to work for peace- Kinan Azmeh is a world renowned clarinetist. He plays in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and he’s a musical ambassador for the UN’s “What Does it Take” campaign. It’s goal is to draw attention to Syria’s four year-long civil war. We talked with Azmeh about his life growing up in Damascus, his career and why putting a stop to war in Syria is his current life’s mission. He also performed for us in WBEZ’s Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio.

Why Is It So Hard to Pick the Best Movies of 2015? by Panoply Media

For the final episode of the year, we look back at the year in film and the wacky Oscar race that has resulted. Plus, a conversation with Elizabeth Banks, star of Love and Mercy and the final Hunger Games movie as well as director of Pitch Perfect 2. Finally, we check in on the state of the extremely competitive best actress race.