President Obama is in Kenya today. This is the first timein his father’s home country since he was elected president. There was discussion of making the visit a national holiday. We’ll talk with Phylis Nasubo Magina who is in Funyula. She’s with The ABCs of Sex Education. Ken Opalo, an assistant professor at Georgetown University, also joins us to discuss Obama’s visit. He’s originally from Kenya.
For our Global Activism segment, we'll revisit with Dana Degrazia. She started an NGO in Kenya called “Afreaka” to utilize “sexual education through urban art and music, leaving the listener feeling empowered by their knowledge and choices.” For Global Activism, Dana will update us on her progress and specifically, the Githurai bus case, that has made global headlines.
Several organizations are trying to battle the spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya through sex education. We talk to two of them on the show today. Also, Nelson Denis, author of the book "War Against All Puerto Ricans" joins us on the show to share his findings about the United States' relations with the island. Finally, historian John Schmidt talks about the first moderns Olympics.
A violent attack in a university in Kenya continues the destabilizing trend in the Horn of Africa. With neighboring states also facing internal conflicts, questions remain around the political future of the region. We also talk about two international films opening in Chicago and a new medieval Cairo exhibition at the Oriental Institute.
Today for Global Activism, we talk with three past Global Activists who are collaborating to help people. Their common denominator is that they help HIV/AIDS-affected people in Kenya. Keen Harrison, from Project Harambee joins us, along with Fr. Terry Charlton, co-founder and chaplain at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School and Guy Vaccaro, executive director and president of Upendo Village.
The Women’s Global Education Project was one of our first ever Global Activism stories 10 years ago. And Jerome sat down with its founder, Amy Maglio and two of her partners from Senegal and Kenya to update us on the work the group is doing today.
Judy Kohl grew up in a missionary family in Belgian Congo. When the Belgians were overthrown, her family was forced to flee to Kenya, where she spent much of her childhood. Those times developed Judy’s sense of social justice and giving back.