A Conversation with Chris Cleave

Hello and welcome back to A Community of Voices.

This week, I speak with author Chris Cleave about his New York Times #1 Bestselling Novel, Little Bee.  Set in present day London, Little Bee forces us to confront some of the most pressing and controversial issues of the day: the life of a refugee, our role in globalization, privilege of Western life, and how we play into the depletion of our natural resources.  Chris’s novels take on the hard, ethical questions of the day, causing his readers to challenge their own beliefs and values.

So join us this week on A Community of Voices!

Until next time radio-land,
Vinny
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I Survived the Holocaust: Claire Soria

This week on A Community of Voices:

Claire Soria was a young girl, living in Belgium with her parents, when World War II broke out.  They were soon separated, putting her on a path that would finally take her to the United States.

This is Claire’s story, in her own words, of how she survived the horrors of the Nazi Party.  Claire’s story reminds us all that while terror, cruelty, and hatred can fill the world around us, hope and the people’s humanity will find a way through.

Until next time radio-land,
Vinny

The Life and Legacy of Zora Neale Hurston

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On this week’s show, we are celebrating the life and legacy of Zora Neale Hurston.  Zora is one of the most important and influential authors of the 20th century.  While she lay in obscurity for 25+ years, since the late 1970s, she has begun to come out of the shadows.

2012 marks the 75th Anniversary of her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.  One of Time Magazine’s Best English-Language Novels, Zora’s legacy can be felt today.  She offers a unique perspective on African-American life and culture through her novels, by focuses on Black Southern culture and life outside the urban setting, and outside the definition of race.

On today’s episode, I speak with Mrs. N.Y. Nathiri, Executive Director of the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts in Eatonville, Florida.  Why does Zora need to remembered? Is she relevant to an audience today? What makes her different than other influential members of the Harlem Renaissance?  All of this and more will be answered on, A Community of Voices!

Until next time radio-land,
Vinny

As Goes Florida, So Goes the Nation: Florida and U.S. Presidential Elections

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Voting and elections is one of the corner-stone values of the United States.  More than that, it is a core belief in a democracy.  This week, we speak with Mr. Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections, about the ever-important swing state, Florida.  You may be wanting to know why Florida is so important… Well as the fourth largest state in the U.S., and without a definitive sway towards the Democrats or Republicans, Florida often plays a deciding role in deciding who will become the President of the United States.  And more frequently, the old adage, As Goes Florida, So Goes the Nation, as had a great deal of truth to it.

What role does Florida play in the national election process? What about the voter  purges? And did the infamous 2000 Presidential Election between George W. Bush and Al Gore affect the election process in the state?

We will answer all those questions and more, this week on A Community of Voices!

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Until next time radio-land,
Vinny

Oil, Democracy, and U.S. Military Intervention: 1953 Iran

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Iran has a tattered history filled with violence, famine, and war.  But what about democracy?

Join A Community of Voices this week as we discuss just that: Oil, Democracy, and U.S. Military Intervention: 1953 Iran.  Elected to the short-lived constitutional parliament, Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh strove to bring Iran true democracy.  Taking a nationalist stand-point, read wanting the Iranian people to gain some benefit from their oil, Prime Minister Mosaddegh was not a popular figure to other countries around the world, and certainly not with the United States or the United Kingdom.

Hence, U.S. military intervention in the form of a CIA-back coup d’éta aimed to remove Prime Minister Mosaddegh from power.  This is the story of oil, democracy, and U.S. foreign intervention. This is “1953 Iran.”

Until next time radio-land,
Vinny