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OUT OF AFRICA ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE HOUR

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OUT OF AFRICA

Two stories out of Africa are the focus of The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Up first, a visit with journalist Stephanie Hanes the author of a highly-controversial new book, WHITE MAN’S GAME: SAVING ANIMALS, REBUILDING EDEN & OTHER MYTHS OF CONSERVATION IN AFRICA, a thought-provoking exposé of the troubling realities of Western conservation efforts in Africa. And in our second half-hour a visit to Maasailand with Joni Binder, the author of MILE 46: FACE TO FACE IN MAASAILAND. You’re in for two truly fascinating conversations on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

Stephanie Hanes has worked across the African continent her journalism appearing in dozens of publications, including The Christian Science Monitor as well as the PBSNewHour. In her new book WHITE MAN’S GAME, Hanes presents a provocative account that profoundly challenges the way we think about philanthropy and conservation. In an eye-opening examination, Hanes addresses the problems that arise when Westerners try to “fix” complex, messy situations in the developing world, acting with best intentions yet potentially overlooking the wishes of the people who live there. Beneath the uplifting stories we tell ourselves about helping Africans often lies a dramatic misunderstanding of what the locals actually need and want. WHITE MAN’S GAME is a gripping narrative of environmentalists and insurgents, poachers and tycoons, elephants and angry spirits that profoundly challenges the way we think about philanthropy and conservation.

Joni Binder’s book MILE 46: FACE TO FACE IN MAASAILAND is a fascinating photographic and literary memoir about her time in Kenya living with the Maasai that underscores the urgent need for global community awareness and support for women who are disenfranchised by their own cultures. A wife and mother of two, Binder has served as president of the Modern Art Council at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has become a strong advocate of arts education as a Fine Arts Committee member and Education Committee co-chair for the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State. She is currently helping to lead an international arts-driven campaign with Futures Without Violence and The Representation Project to raise awareness about healthy masculinity and its role in eliminating domestic violence.

 

OUT OF AFRICAOut of Africa stories of wildlife, colonialism, philanthropy, environmentalism, animals, politics, violence against women, genital mutilation — a thought-provoking, empowering hour with Stephanie Hanes and Joni Binder on The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF AMERICA’S WAYNE PACELLE AND ELEPHANT WHISPERER ANDREA TURKALO

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Humane Society of America’s CEO Wayne Pacelle’s new book

All things great and small are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 22, 3 pm ET when joining Halli at her table is President and CEO of the nation’s largest animal protection organization, The Humane Society of America, Wayne Pacelle and field biologist Andrea Turkalo, known as “The Elephant Whisperer.”

In his new, important book THE HUMANE ECONOMY: HOW INNOVATORS AND ENLIGHTENED CONSUMERS ARE TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF ANIMALS Pacelle offers the first full accounting of a revolution sweeping global business, and changing how we value animals in a surprising narrative of how entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, world-class scientists, and a new class of political leaders, both inspired and pressured by conscious consumers and voters, are collectively remaking our relationship with other species and the natural world. Goodbye puppy mills and factory farms, trophy hunting safaris and circuses with wild animal acts, laboratories confining chimpanzees and cosmetic testing facilities poisoning rabbits. Hello to the burgeoning, unstoppable growth of the humane economy.

Humane SocietyField biologist Andrea Turkalo is the world’s leading expert on forest elephants, working tirelessly to map the sometimes inaudible language of elephants, in an effort to put to together the world’s first elephant dictionary. Living in Africa as an aid worker, Turkalo was drawn to the intricate lives of the rainforest elephants. There she lived and studied her beloved elephants until Civil War broke out and forced her to leave the bai. Her research is exciting, her story compelling.

Animal Rights, nature, ecology, wildlife, elephants, politics, the ivory trade, conservation, Africa, with Halli’s guests on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Wayne Pacelle and Andrea Turkalo, Wednesday, June 22, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN with ACTIVISTS/AUTHORS ESTA SOLER & JONI BINDER

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Wednesday, April 6, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a hard look at women and violence internationally and domestically with the founder of FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE Esta Soler and with author of MILE 46: FACE TO FACE IN MAASAILAND, Joni Binder.

Esta Soler is an expert on violence against women and children. She founded Futures Without Violence over 30 years ago and transformed it into one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies. Under Soler’s direction, Futures Without Violence was a driving force behind passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. She is committed to passage of the International Violence Against Women Act to prevent gender-based violence on a global scale. Soler’s many awards include a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship, a Koret Israel Prize, and a University of California Public Health Heroes Award.

AfricaBookMile46Joni Binder’s new book MILE 46: FACE TO FACE IN MAASAILAND is a fascinating photographic and literary memoir about her time in Kenya living with the Maasai that underscores the urgent need for global community awareness and support for women who are disenfranchised by their own cultures. A wife and mother of two, Binder has served as president of the Modern Art Council at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has become a strong advocate of arts education as a Fine Arts Committee member and Education Committee co-chair for the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State. She is currently helping to lead an international arts-driven campaign with Futures Without Violence and The Representation Project to raise awareness about healthy masculinity and its role in eliminating domestic violence.

A conversation about violence against women and the efforts to end genital mutilation in a thought-provoking, empowering hour with Esta Soler and Joni Binder on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 6, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

UP NEXT: BLOOD IVORY & THE FATE OF THE WORLD’S ELEPHANTS

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ELEPHANT CARCASSWednesday, July 23, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs a special 90 minute special INSIDE THE IVORY TRADE: IS IT TOO LATE TO SAVE THE ELEPHANT? Joining in the conversation are the top voices of the subject: Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Andrea Turkalo, Dr. Ron Orenstein and Grace Ge Gabriel.

In 1993, Iain Douglas-Hamilton founded the organization Save the Elephants. A zoologist, he is the recipient of the 2010 Indianapolis Prize for his work on elephant conservation. His chief research interest is to understand elephant choices by studying their movements. He is a frequent keynote speaker at the annual Wildlife Conservation Network expo.

Dr. Ron Orenstein is the author of Ivory, Horn and Blood: Behind the Elephant and Rhinoceros Poaching Crisis. Since 1987, Dr. Orenstein has been an observer at meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). He was one of the engineers of the compromise amendment that led to an international ivory ban.

Field biologist Andrea Turkalo has been called “The Elephant Whisperer.” She is the world’s leading expert on forest elephants, working tirelessly to map the sometimes inaudible, language of elephants, in an effort to put to together the world’s first elephant dictionary.

A native of China, Grace Ge Gabriel is a driving force behind the International Fund for Animal Welfare China (IFAW) and has worked tirelessly to alleviate human-elephant conflicts and raise conservation awareness in the country that stands at the heart of the “blood ivory” illicit trade.

An important conversation you won’t want to miss “Blood Ivory and the Fate of the World’s Elephants” on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 23, 3 pm ET. Tune in live online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

RECOMMENDED READING

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Around the world

 

 

 

 

 

 
If you didn’t get a chance to listen to Wednesday’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, please do. This week’s guests took us around the world in 60 minutes and with them we visited Cuba, the Caribbean and the Congo.

First up was author Ruth Behar. Ruth was born in Cuba, but raised in New York by Jewish parents, her mother of European descent (Ashkenazim) and her father a Sephardi Jew with roots in Turkey. Ruth’s latest book is Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys, and in it she shares stories of her cultural heritage and the conflict she has suffered since being forced to leave Cuba when the Castro regime took over the island nation. But Ruth’s story could be yours and mine. Don’t we all struggle with our identity? Ruth’s descriptions of Cuba in our interview and her abject honesty about her struggle as a Cuban-American are only part of the reason I suggest you read this gripping memoir by the award-winning writer.

Next up was journalist Michael Deibert whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal among others, and who has been a commentator on international affairs for the BBC, Al Jazeera, National Public Radio. But in recent years, Michael has worked to increase and sustain dialogue on international peace-building and development issues, with a particular focus on Africa and Latin America. His new book, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Between Hope and Despair is a take-no-prisoners look at the Congo, and is a cut-above the usual fare, as is our conversation. Do listen and do read the eye-opening book. You’ll be curious to hear Michael’s take on the Bush II and Clinton Administrations. Enjoy.

Third up on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show: Every so often a writer comes along with a truly unusual voice and that fits the description of award-winning author Robert Antoni. What an interesting life Robert has led, and what a fascinating family he is a part of. Robert was raised in the Bahamas, but his grandparents were early settlers of Trinidad and Tobago, with a heck of a story to tell. Robert’s latest masterpiece As Flies to Whatless Boys is fiction based on his family history. Magical, mystical, melodic is the only way to describe this coming of age story filled with unique characters and plot twists. Don’t miss this one.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds airs Wednesdays at 3 pm ET but podcasts of the show are available for your listening pleasure from multiple venues. You can download the podcast FREE from iTunes @ http://bit.ly/P1K7kF, listen @ http://bit.ly/YEswYS or for your mobile connection find us at Stitcher.com.

Miami Book Fair

By the way, all three of my guests will be making appearances at the Miami Book Fair International November 17-24.  Check out the book fair’s website for date and times of appearances, and to see a list of all the authors participating in the fair and the many events that will take place. I’ll be there, so come on down to Miami and let’s meet in person!

THE WORLD IS OUR VILLAGE

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JoyOn yesterday’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, I talked with my guest Allison Samuels about many things including her wonderful book What Would Michelle Do? A Modern-Day Guide to Living with Substance and Style, the untimely death of Whitney Houston, the Trayvon Martin story and oh, so much more. You must listen. Allison is the real deal, genuine to her core, and her truth sizzles when she speaks.

What I learned during the interview is that Allison and I share something in common, and that is our love for Africa. Allison first traveled to Africa with her friend Oprah Winfrey. We talked about Oprah and her all-girls school and about the fact that even though Allison and Oprah are friends, in a piece that Allison wrote about her trip to South Africa with Winfrey, Allison questioned the massive amount of money Oprah had spent on her project. Subsequently, Allison herself spent several months in West Africa teaching math and English. 

I got my “calling” to travel to Uganda as both Oprah and Allison were called to Africa. Never one to pass up on opportunity, off I went. It was a vital trip, infusing, regenerating, heartwarming, difficult, fascinating, fabulous, heartening. There in that virtually untouched world where poverty and its ravages reign, you will never meet a more dynamic people. Untouched by the callousness and cynicism of Western life, the people are warm and sharing, even when there is so little to divide. It is cleansing to spend even a day in Uganda, fortifying, enriching, a natural multivitamin.

There in the land of Eden, much of my heart remains today. They call me Abwooli, my Empaco (nickname) that means little cat. The name was given to me by my very good friend, Amooti, Herbert Asiimwe, and his late mother who died of hypertension at 40 years of age — a death that would hardly occur in the Western world thanks to the availability of modern medicines, while, if available, unaffordable in rural Uganda.

It was with Amooti that I first traveled to the village of Nyamarwa to visit The Kibbuse Foundation, founded by a favorite person of mine, Rev. James Joloba Adyeri. Rev. James has more energy than the busy weaver birds who build thousands of nests in the upright trees of the gorgeous equatorial country.

I love a man of ideas and action; Rev. James is such a man. Out of the lessons of his own childhood, he conceived the notion and founded The Kibbuse Foundation based on the idea that if poverty is to be erased in Uganda, it will be because the nation has created industries that can make it an exporting rather than an importing nation. His goal was to build a school that educates students to become job creators rather than job seekers. In action, The Kibbuse Foundation offers unique opportunities for rural youth to join the 21st Century. He has achieved his goal.

At the St. James Kibbuse Foundation, young people are trained in the kind of skills that Uganda desperately needs. Carpentry, bricklaying, metalwork, auto mechanics, sewing and tailoring, catering, management skills, English are what are taught in the cool, dark, concrete-laden walls of the school.

There in a little oasis carved out of the African bush, children get a second chance at life. They are orphans, many of the AIDS epidemic, school drop outs, single mothers, or children whose parents simply could not afford to educate them beyond primary school. At Rev. James’ school, fees are set low so that even the poorest of the poor in Uganda have an opportunity to be trained to live a life of self sufficiency. Students grow their own food, and tend their own livestock. If necessary and it often is, school fees are paid in beans, or chickens.

So there in Nyamarwa I’ve given my time and money to what I consider a deeply, worthy cause. Many ask: Why Africa? Why give your time and money to a country so far away when poverty is a problem right here in America?

The answer: To those of us who have much, the world is our village. 

* Photos from the upcoming book OKUSOBOKA – POSSIBILITY  by Halli Casser-Jayne with a forward by His Royal Highness King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I.

 

 

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