Musician Van-Anh Voh talks about censorship back in her old home in Vietnam, and the chilly reception she gets from Vietnamese-Americans in her new home, the San Francisco Bay area.
You've probably heard about people who try to eat only food grown locally. Now in Northern California, a woman has vowed that everything she wears for the next year will be made from local, natural fibers. She calls it the Fibershed Project.
For our Global Hit Monday, we're playing a fusion of sorts, a mix of the pounding, hip-swaying drums of Afro-Cuban jazz and lilting New York Jewish tunes. Lonny Shavelson went to a concert in San Francisco featuring that musical mashup.
Rabbi Leo Trepp is 97 years old. He now lives in San Francisco but he grew up in Germany. He is the last living rabbi who led German-Jewish communities during the Nazi holocaust. Lonny Shavelson sent us a radio report.
Today's Global Hit starts on the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent in 1635. Two slave ships wrecked there, and the slaves escaped. They mixed in with the native Caribs, giving birth to a new Afro-Caribbean culture; the Garifuna. Lonny Shavelson reports.
The Cuban musical sound was born in the 1800s. That son Cubano evolved into a music we now think of as from all of Latin America; salsa. Lonny Shavelson found out at a concert of band Septeto Nacional, some Cuban musicians want the credit for salsa back.
Every day, US federal asylum judges hear stories of persecution and danger faced by asylum seekers. Lonny Shavelson reports that a recent survey suggests the judges are traumatized just by listening to all the stories.
A California homeowner, obsessed with saving energy, meets the challenge to renovate his house to meet the highest green building standards.
For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for the country that consumes the most chocolate per capita. The answer is Switzerland. Reporter Lonny Shavelson joined a chocolate lovers group in Berkeley, California, to find out which country has the best tasting chocolate.