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

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Program Extras

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)