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Being Rastamon artists in Jamaica

These Tidings come to you from Jamaica where I spent time with two artists in their family “yard”or compound in Oracabessa.  You’ll hear Rani Carson talk about her journey from growing up Jewish to becoming a Rasta artist.
rani in studio            

Ras Ibrak, intuitive Jamaican artist, talks about the philosophy and beliefs of Rastafari and what it means to live the life of a Rastamon.

Ras Ibrak            The Beauty of Creation

Please follow the links to see more of their work. (Rebroadcast on WPKN on August 10, 2016. Produced by Tony Ernst.)

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Tom Scovel: linguist, author, Third Culture Kid

Photo courtesy Pat Sheafor (2016)

In this very personal Tidings, Tom Scovel and I swap stories about our boarding school days in India and what growing up as Third Culture Kids meant to each of us: for Tom born and raised in China (which he’s … View full post

Jen Marlowe: activist, author, filmmaker

Tidings Feb11, 2015

Coming to us from Jerusalem via Skype is Jen Marlowe,, a tireless and imaginative social justice activist, with a lifelong commitment to fight for human rights wherever in the world she sees them abused, using whatever medium, device or initiatives … View full post

Hirsh Sawhney: author, professor, editor

Harsh Sawhney, author

Hirsh Sawhney talks about his new novel South Haven, set in an imagined suburb of Connecticut and published by Akashic Books. The conversation ranges from this very local story to the immigrant, Indian and transnational cultures that Sawhney and his writings … View full post

Tom Rawinski, botanist and conservationist

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Tom Rawinski is a botanist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham, New Hampshire. Specializing in the impact of the overabundant white-tailed deer population on native vegetation in America’s northeast region, he is committed to protecting our ecosystem through wildlife … View full post

Why isn’t healthcare a human right?

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India’s Dr. Sara Bhattacharji is talking about the philosophy and principles behind the community health clinic she runs in Vellore, Tamil Nadu and where I visited her in 2009.  Her belief in healthcare as a human right seems to me as … View full post

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Very old film: refugees during 1947 India-Pakistan partition

Rare video showing refugees reaching Lahore’s  Wagha border on trains, bullocks and Lahore Omnibus Service during the  1947 partition war.  These were Muslims forced to flee India because what was formerly India had now been partitioned by the British into primarily Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan, … View full post

Freud’s couch

Yusuf and the story of Batir

Yusuf’s story is relatively simple: before 1967, Batir was in Jordan. After the Six Day War, it became part of Israel’s occupied territories. Until two years ago, Yusuf was able to move and work between Batir and Israel. Today, Batir … View full post

Beggars and begging on blog

Like tipping, the subject of another early Tidings program, begging creates an unequal relationship between giver and receiver, an unbalanced one-way exchange with the amount of money transferred depending on the generosity and intentions of the donor with the receiver having … View full post

Christopher Bollen on “Orient” the mystery novel

Christopher Bollen does not live and work on the North Fork but you wouldn’t know it from his book Orient, a dark mystery novel set in the hamlet of Orient among intrigue, politics, tension and murders. Cameo appearance by Beth Young. Listen to this North Fork Works program … View full post

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