WBEZ | India http://www.wbez.org/tags/india Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Greek debt crisis http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-06-04/greek-debt-crisis-112142 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP%20PhotoYorgos%20Karahalis.jpg" style="width: 563px; height: 375px;" title="(Photo: AP/Yorgos Karahalis)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208829796&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Greece inches toward debt agreement</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The Greek prime minister met with the country&rsquo;s Eurozone creditors in Brussels yesterday and during the night to try and negotiate the terms of a final loan agreement for its international bailout. Greece and the Eurozone lenders and the IMF have been in negotiations for months over what kinds of reforms Greece needs to make in order to secure the final group of loans. Greece is hoping to avert a default although the country has said it might not be able to make its next IMF repayment, 335 million dollars, which is due on Friday. The head of the International Monetary Fund has said she is &quot;confident&quot; Greece will make the key debt payment tomorrow. Stephen Nelson, a professor of political science at Northwestern University who specializes in the politics of debt and Nick Malkoutzis, editor of MacroPolis, join us to talk about the possible solutions to the crisis and its impact on Greece.<br /><br /><strong>Guests: </strong></p><ul><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="http://www.polisci.northwestern.edu/people/core-faculty/stephen-nelson.html">Stephen Nelson</a> is a professor of political science at Northwestern University.</em></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="https://twitter.com/nickmalkoutzis">Nick Malkoutzis</a> is the editor of MacroPolis.&nbsp;</em></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208829794&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Activism: Blind Foundation for India</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">According to World Health Organization, close to 300 million people globally are visually impaired, 39 million are blind and nine out of every ten visually impaired people are low-income. Manu Vora is president and founding director of the Blind Foundation for India (BFI), based in Naperville, IL. We first spoke with him in 2008. For our Global Activism segment, Manu is back to update us on BFI&rsquo;s work to provide aid and support to the tens of millions of India&rsquo;s visually impaired.<br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Manu Vora is&nbsp;president and founding director of the <a href="http://www.blindfoundation.org/">Blind Foundation for India</a>.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208829791&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Relief efforts continue in Nepal and US-South Asian relations</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Nepal continues to rebuild after a deadly earthquake struck the country last April. According the U.S. State Department, the earthquake destroyed or damaged 760,000 homes. The United States has provided temporary housing to many displaced Nepalis and is collaborating with the Nepali government on coordinating the reconstruction of the infrastructure that was destroyed. This week, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the US agreed to two new defense trade deals with India as part of a plan to strengthen military ties between the two countries. Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, joins us to talk about the U.S. effort in Nepal and relations with India.<br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/215789.htm">Nisha Desai Biswal</a>&nbsp;is Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.</em></p></p> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-06-04/greek-debt-crisis-112142 Global Activism: Blind Foundation for India http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-blind-foundation-india-112167 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GA-BFI.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-fa8e1f6c-da07-13e5-d25e-80a22976dee3">According to World Health Organization estimates, close to 300 million people globally are visually impaired, 39 million are blind and nine out of every ten visually impaired people are low-income. Manu Vora is president and founding director of the <a href="http://www.blindfoundation.org">Blind Foundation for India</a> (BFI), based in Naperville, IL. We first spoke with him in 2008. For our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a> segment, Manu is back to update us on BFI&rsquo;s work to provide aid and support to the tens of millions of India&rsquo;s visually impaired.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208829794&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-blind-foundation-india-112167 Global Activism in India: Swaraj University-Shikshantar promotes alternative learning http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-swaraj-university-shikshantar-promotes-alternative <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/swaraj.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Worldview</em> continues its &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-09/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888"><em>Global Activism in India</em></a>&rdquo; series with a visit to the mountains of Udaipur, India. Manish Jain grew up in Willowbrook, IL. After attending Brown and Harvard Universities and a career in conventional education and at multilateral institutions like UNESCO, Jain felt there was a better, alternative approach to educating, mentoring and training youth. So he and a group of friends moved to India to found Swaraj University. The school includes an urban youth center and a biodiverse ashram. Jain and Swaraj co-founder Reva Dandage, tell us how a university that doesn&rsquo;t grant diplomas has changed their lives and the lives of young people in India.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/205484180&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 14 May 2015 09:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-swaraj-university-shikshantar-promotes-alternative Poland Elections: Chicago's Polish community to vote in upcoming elections http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-07/poland-elections-chicagos-polish-community-vote-upcoming-elections <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Polish%20elections%20chicago%20main%20.JPG" title="(photo by Dan Pogorzelski)" /><br /><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204396854&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe>Chicago&#39;s &#39;Polonia&#39; to vote in Poland&#39;s elections</span></span></p><p>Poland will hold presidential elections this weekend. &nbsp;Candidates include the current president, a former tv star and &nbsp;Polish punk rock star PaweĊ‚ Kukiz, who is polling third. &nbsp;President Bronislaw Komorowski had been leading but it remains unclear whether he&rsquo;ll get enough votes in this weekend&rsquo;s election to avoid a runoff. Poles in Chicago will vote on Saturday at six different polling stations around the city. &nbsp;We look at the candidates, the issues, and how the vote is expected to play out in the Chicago community with Dan Pogorelski and Wojciech Wloch<strong>.</strong></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p><em>Dan Pogorelski is a&nbsp; writer and editor at <a href="http://forgottenchicago.com/">Forgotten Chicago</a> and a Chicago election judge.</em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.neiu.edu/academics/staff/wojciech-wloch">Wojciech Wloch</a><strong> </strong>is coordinator of International Partnerships at Northeastern Illinois University.&nbsp; He&rsquo;s originally from Poland.</em><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204396141&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Israel: Netanyahu forms new government</span></span></p><p>On Wednesday, just an hour before a looming deadline, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he had &nbsp;succeeded in forming a coalition government. Netanyahu&rsquo;s Likud party won 30 seats in the March election. The main rival party won 24. &nbsp;He had six weeks to form a ruling coalition government, which proved a difficult task. Many analysts have said the coalition, which is made up of entirely right-wing parties and has a very narrow majority, could have a hard time governing and might not last very long. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll discuss the bargaining that went into forming the government with political science professor, Gideon Rahat.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p><em>Gideon Rahat is a professor of political science at Hebrew University and director of research of the Israel Democracy Institute&rsquo;s Political Reform Project.</em><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204397876&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></div><p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Global Activism in India: Pravah helps youth overcome caste and sexism</span></span></p><p>We continue our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/water/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888">Global Activism in India series</a> with a visit to Delhi. We and India Development Service, met with the NGO, Community Youth Collective Learning and Leadership Journey is a partnering initiative of the NGO, Pravah. The project tries to inspire India&rsquo;s youth to become leaders and overcome traditional societal barriers, such as class and sexism. Pravah received attention when co- director, Neha Buch, introduced President Obama before one of his speeches during his visit to India. We&rsquo;ll chat with Pravah&#39;s Sonal Chaturvedi and young people about how they now dream and achieve in areas that at one time were cut off from them.</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-ebcdae0c-2fe7-fb4c-6770-c3d051646fd7"><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Nila Vora is with <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a>.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Sonal Chaturvedi is co-director of <a href="http://pravah.org/content/">Pravah</a>.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>EVENT</strong></p><p><strong>Jerome McDonnell and Steve Bynum of WBEZ&#39;s <em>Worldview</em> and </strong><strong>India Development Service (IDS)</strong><strong> share their adventures in India</strong></p><p>Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 5:00pm-7:30pm</p><p>The Meadows Club</p><p>2950 Golf Road, Rolling Meadows</p><p>Free of Charge - Dinner Included</p><p><strong><a href="https://mycity.sulekha.com/development-unveiled_buy_2090130">Reserve Tickets Here</a></strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204416685&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Joan of Arc and the Battle of Orleans</span></span><br />On May 7, 1429, Joan of Arc helped lead the French army to victory in Orleans. Though she didn&rsquo;t command the army, she wore armor and carried a large banner near the head of the troops as they went into battle. Historian John Schmidt tells us what happened.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p>John Schmidt is an historian and editor of the blog, <a href="https://chicagohistorytoday.wordpress.com/"><em>Chicago History Today</em></a> and author of the book <em>On This Day in Chicago History</em></p></p> Thu, 07 May 2015 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-07/poland-elections-chicagos-polish-community-vote-upcoming-elections Global Activism in India: Pravah helps youth overcome caste, sexism and religious intolerance http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-pravah-helps-youth-overcome-caste-sexism-and-religious <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/india%20ga%20pravah%20manisha%20and%20husband.JPG" title="Manisha emotionally talks of how much of India society considered education wasted on a woman from a lower class. But after working with the NGO, Pravah, she and her husband - pictured - are inspired to achieve. Manisha is now a business owner. Taken at Pravah's Delhi offices February 1, 2015 (Photo by Steve Bynum)" /></div><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ebcdae0c-3049-7fee-9931-6c6284daf4f9">We continue our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/water/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888">Global Activism in India</a> series with a visit to Delhi. We and <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a>, met with the NGO, Community Youth Collective Learning and Leadership Journey is a partnering initiative of the NGO, <a href="http://pravah.org/">Pravah</a>. The project tries to inspire India&rsquo;s youth to become leaders and overcome traditional societal barriers, such as <span id="docs-internal-guid-ebcdae0c-3049-7fee-9931-6c6284daf4f9">caste, sexism and religious intolerance</span>. Pravah received attention when co- director, Neha Buch, introduced President Obama before one of his speeches during his visit to India. We&rsquo;ll chat with co-director, Sonal Chaturvedi and young people about how they now dream and achieve in areas that at one time were cut off from them.</span></p><p><strong>Jerome McDonnell and Steve Bynum of WBEZ&#39;s <em>Worldview</em> and </strong><strong>India Development Service (IDS)</strong><strong> share their adventures in India</strong></p><p>Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 5:00pm-7:30pm</p><p>The Meadows Club</p><p>2950 Golf Road, Rolling Meadows</p><p>Free of Charge - Dinner Included</p><p><strong><a href="https://mycity.sulekha.com/development-unveiled_buy_2090130">Reserve Tickets Here</a></strong></p></p> Thu, 07 May 2015 13:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-india-pravah-helps-youth-overcome-caste-sexism-and-religious Worldview in India: Jal Bhagirathi and water security http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-jal-bhagirathi-and-water-security-111933 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_0293.JPG" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="A woman carries a bucket with fresh water in Rajasthan, India. (Jerome McDonnell)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Worldview in India: Jal Bhagirathi Foundation and water security</span></font></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Worldview</em>&nbsp;took&nbsp;<em>Global Activism</em>&nbsp;on the road to India! And we continue our visit to India&rsquo;s Rajasthan State, the world&rsquo;s most densely populated desert region, with the first of a two-part conversation with Jal Bhagirathi Foundation. It&rsquo;s an NGO focused on water security. Parikshit singh Tomar of Jal Bhagirathi, will show us their retention basin where they store rainwater. The land reserve has developed into a beautiful ecosystem. Next week, Parikshit will take us to a remote rural village that was revolutionized by Jal Bhagirathi projects.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Guest:</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-9682de71-e7e8-e514-bbea-7f8d829048fb">Parikshit singh Tomar is the</span> media and communications director for&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/jalbhagirathi">Jal Bhagirathi Foundation,</a> based outside of Jodhpur, India.</em></div></p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-jal-bhagirathi-and-water-security-111933 Worldview: The politics surrounding the Jordan River Valley's fresh water http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-23/worldview-politics-surrounding-jordan-river-valleys-fresh-water-111932 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5418351509_7f19ae4fbc_z.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px;" title="The Jordan River (Bill Rice/Flickr)" /></div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202229142&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Middle East water issues in the Jordan River Valley</span></p><p>The Great Lakes contain one of the world&rsquo;s largest shares of fresh water. &nbsp;Its environmental health depends on collaboration between states and countries. The Jordan River is also a shared body of water, requiring collaboration between the Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian governments. Leaders from the Midwest and the Middle East are gathered in Chicago to share knowledge and experience with regards to water resources at the Water After Borders summit at UIC. &nbsp;Mayors from the Midwest and Middle East plan to sign a &ldquo;Sister Waters&ldquo; agreement. We&rsquo;ll talk about plans to restore the Jordan River and other Middle East water issues with&nbsp;Nader Al-Khateeb, a Palestinian and Yana Abu Taleb, a Jordanian, both with Ecopeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East and with Ran Molcho, chief engineer of the Sea of Galilee Drainage Authority, Israel.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p><em>Yana Abu Taleb is a project manager for <a href="https://twitter.com/FoEMidEast">Ecopeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East.</a></em></p><p><em>Nader Al-Khateeb is the &nbsp;Palestinian director of <a href="https://twitter.com/FoEMidEast">Ecopeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East.</a></em></p><p><em>Ran Molcho is the chief engineer of the Sea of Galilee Drainage Authority, Israel.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202231994&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Activism: Jal Bhgirathi Foundation and water security</span></p><p><em>Worldview</em>&nbsp;took&nbsp;<em>Global Activism</em>&nbsp;on the road to India! And we continue our visit to India&rsquo;s Rajasthan State, the world&rsquo;s most densely populated desert region, with the first of a two-part conversation with Jal Bhagirathi Foundation. It&rsquo;s an NGO focused on water security. Parikshit singh Tomar of Jal Bhagirathi, will show us their retention basin where they store rainwater. The land reserve has developed into a beautiful ecosystem. Next week, Parikshit will take us to a remote rural village that was revolutionized by Jal Bhagirathi projects.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-9682de71-e7df-fab4-8ba9-f6355d6f3152">Parikshit Singh Tomar is the </span>media and communications director for &nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/jalbhagirathi">Jal Bhagirathi Foundation</a>, based outside of Jodhpur, India.</em></p></p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-23/worldview-politics-surrounding-jordan-river-valleys-fresh-water-111932 Worldview in India: GRAVIS seeks to improve living conditions in Rajasthan http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-gravis-seeks-improve-living-conditions-rajasthan-111893 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/India-Rajasthan.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>Worldview took the Global Activism series on the road to India in conjunction with the Chicago-based NGO, India Development Service (IDS). &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll continue the series today with our visit to the most densely populated desert region on Earth, India&rsquo;s Rajasthan State. We&rsquo;ll talk with Dr. Prakash Tyagi, executive director of Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS). His group has been working in Rajasthan State for more than 25 years on issues such as water security, health, education and animal husbandry.</div></p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/worldview-india-gravis-seeks-improve-living-conditions-rajasthan-111893 Special Series: Global Activism - 'Worldview' Visits India http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-09/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/India-series%20620%20good.JPG" title="From bottom l to r - Sonal Chaturvedi, co-director of Pravah, Nila Vora of India Development Service, Steve Bynum and Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ with the NGO Community Youth Collective in Delhi on Feb., 1, 2015 (Photo by Nilesh Kothari)" /><em>Worldview</em> took <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/water/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888">Global Activism</a></em> to India! And we take you along for the ride. For years, India Development Service <a href="http://idsusa.org/">(IDS)</a>, a Chicago-based investment NGO, has brought from India Global Activists to <em>Worldview&nbsp;</em>who work there to make life better. So IDS brought us to India to talk with people doing service and development projects on-the-ground. IDS guided us through big cities like, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, as well as to remote villages and towns. We met people working to overcome challenges like illiteracy, abuse of women and children, class issues and water security.</p></p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-09/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888 Worldview: How Airbnb is expanding into Cuba http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-09/worldview-how-airbnb-expanding-cuba-111850 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP507049073521.jpg" style="height: 418px; width: 620px;" title="Tourists walk beside two privately owned houses with rooms for rent in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/200046139&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Airbnb now listing properties in Cuba</span></p><p>President Obama is in Jamaica and is headed to the Summit of the Americas in Panama. Cuba will also attend the summit for the first time in history. It&rsquo;s taking part in the meetings at the request of the United States. It&rsquo;s expected that the two countries will hold talks where issues such as the reopening of embassies is likely to be discussed. The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has already had a major impact on the travel industry and last week Airbnb opened up its listing site in Cuba. The company is taking advantage of looser telecommunications and trade restrictions that have been put in place. Still, a lot of obstacles remain, including access to the internet. Samantha Shankman, a reporter at Skift, a travel industry news company, joins us to talk about the potential impact.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/SamShankman">Samantha Shankman</a> is a reporter for <a href="https://twitter.com/skift">Skift</a>, a travel industry news company.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/200046604&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">An update in post election Nigeria</span></p><p>Muhammadu Buhari made history last &nbsp;month when he defeated President Goodluck Jonathan.&nbsp; Buhari became the first opposition candidate to unseat a sitting president in Nigeria. &nbsp;Now, as he enters the presidency, he faces a series of tough issues, &nbsp;including the Boko Haram insurgency and rampant corruption. We&rsquo;ll take a look at what&rsquo;s at stake in Nigeria with Richard Joseph, professor of international history and politics at Northwestern University and a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-812e22a4-9fc4-f69c-0aa7-2fa04639aec8">Richard Joseph is the John Evans Professor of International History and Politics at <a href="https://twitter.com/NorthwesternU">Northwestern University</a> and a Senior Fellow of the <a href="https://twitter.com/BrookingsInst">Brookings Institution</a>.</span></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/200046848&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Activism: An interview with S.R. Hiremath</span></p><p><em>Wor</em><em>ldview&nbsp;</em>continues its series from India with a trip &nbsp;to the southern city of Bangalore. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s known as the Silicon Valley of India.&nbsp; Bangalore has seen enormous economic growth over the past couple of decades. Some feel this growth has come at too high a cost for Bangalore&rsquo;s society and environment. &nbsp;Worldview spoke with &nbsp;S.R. Hiremath, a co-founder of India Development Service . He left Chicago in 1979 and founded the NGO Samaj Parivartana Samudaya (Community for Social Change) to create a &ldquo;free, democratic, secular, egalitarian, non-violent, non exploitative and just society&rdquo; in India. Mr. Hiremath has been at the center of numerous campaigns and legal action against government &nbsp;corruption and big polluters.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-fa12ad11-9fc8-3f13-4477-e3ad78352b9d">S.R. Hiremath is an&nbsp;</span>environmental and social activist, founder of Samaj Parivartana Samudaya (Community for Social Change), co-founder of <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-09/worldview-how-airbnb-expanding-cuba-111850