Program 344: South Seas with Robert Louis Stevenson; Changing Bhutan; Modern Sweden
Release Date: 11-09-2013
Hear how J. Maarten Troost found contentment and sobriety, sailing in the wake of Robert Louis Stevenson among the South Sea islands. Journalist Lisa Napoli describes the pressures to modernize and connect with the outside world that are changing the Himalayan country of Bhutan. Also, tour guide Asa Danielsson from Stockholm explains how a strong sense of ethics and fairness shapes the social order in Sweden.
- J. Maarten Troost, author of "Headhunters on my Doorstep" (Gotham)
- Lisa Napoli, author of "Radio Shangri-La" (Broadway)
- Swedish tour guide Åsa Danielsson
- Maarten followed Robert Louis Stevenson's South Pacific travels, including spending time in the Marquesas Islands, Fakarava in Tahiti, and Samoa.
- Lisa Napoli has photos of the people involved in the "Kuzoo FM90" radio station she helped set up in Bhutan.
- BBC News discusses the impact of tourism on Bhutan.
- Tourism to Bhutan must be arranged through official channels.
- There is an English-language website devoted to the concept of "Gross National Happiness."
- Contact information for Asa Danielsson in Stockholm is on the Viator tour guide website.
- Information about Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden.
Program Extra 1 - J. Maarten Troost tells Rick how a popular drug of his day that Robert Louis Stevenson took influenced him to write "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." (runs 1:23)
Program Extra 2 - A caller from Maryland asks what makes Swedish design distinctive today. Asa Danielsson summarizes the tenets of "Scandinavian design," with suggestions for shopping districts in Stockholm. (runs 2:03)