WBEZ | Peace Corps http://www.wbez.org/tags/peace-corps Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Developing women leaders in West Africa http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-developing-women-leaders-west-africa-108717 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Expanding Lives.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F107882079&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>As a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger in the late &lsquo;80s, Leslie Natzke noticed that there were very few young women and girls going to school. Since then, she&#39;s launched a non-profit aimed at developing leadership skills in young women in West Africa to empower them to become pillars in their communities. Natzke introduces us to her organization, <a href="http://www.expandinglives.org/">Expanding Lives</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-developing-women-leaders-west-africa-108717 Former Peace Corps volunteer returns to village in Pakistan to see if things have changed http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-19/former-peace-corps-volunteer-returns-village-pakistan-see-if-things-have <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-19/4.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After 50 years, Leslie Mass recently revisited the rural Pakistani village where she volunteered with the Peace Corps in 1962. The changes between the village she visited as a young college graduate, and now, is the topic of her new book, <em>Back to Pakistan: A Fifty Year Journey</em>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Leslie will speak four nights this week in Chicago:</em></p><p><em>Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 6:30pm-The Pakistan Club, University of Chicago's Gleacher Center</em></p><p><em>Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 6:30pm-East West University. </em></p><p><em>Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 6:00pm-Oak Park Public Library, Main Library Veterans Room</em></p><p><em>Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00pm-Evanston Public Library</em></p></p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-19/former-peace-corps-volunteer-returns-village-pakistan-see-if-things-have Worldview 8.4.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-8411 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-august/2011-08-03/ap080328039765.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Conversations about climate change have ranged from skepticism that it exists in the first place to strategies for ending it. Today, we have a different conversation with environmentalist <a href="http://markhertsgaard.com/" target="_blank">Mark Hertsgaard</a>, author of <em>HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth</em>. He believes the challenge is no longer just to halt and reverse global warming, but also to live through the substantial climate change that is now locked in for the coming decades. And, the Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. On <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a> we commemorate the volunteer program’s legacy with several former Peace Corps volunteers.</p></p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-8411 Global Activism: Stories from the Peace Corps http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/global-activism-stories-peace-corps <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Kennedy_greeting_Peace_Corps_volunteers,_1961.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Each Thursday on our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a> series, we hear about an individual who’s decided to work to make the world a better place. On today’s segment we thought we’d do something a little different.</p><p>In 1960 Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. That speech was the beginning of the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps was Kennedy’s idea but it was his brother in law, Sargent Shriver, who would establish the agency and serve as its first director. Earlier this month Sargent Shriver passed away. We thought we’d remember his legacy today with several former Peace Corps volunteers.&nbsp;</p><p>Amy Maglio is the founder of the<a href="http://womensglobal.org/" target="_blank"> Women’s Global Education Project</a>. Patsy Mertz is the founder of <a href="http://www.ivorycoastaid.org/" target="_blank">Ivory Coast Mothers and Children</a>. Barbara Janes served as part of the very first Peace Corps class in 1961, in Pakistan. They have all been featured on the Global Activism series and they join us to reminisce about the Peace Corps.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/global-activism-stories-peace-corps