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Program 305: Radio Shangri-La in Bhutan; Tibet on the Edge; Pico Iyer: Lonely Places

Release Date: 11-03-2012


Lisa Napoli tells us about her stint helping to start a radio station in the formerly isolated former-kingdom of Bhutan. Photographer Phil Borges describes how much things have changed on a recent return to rural Tibet, and what's threatening its indigenous people. Also, author Pico Iyer explains the appeal of spending time in some of the world's least likely places for tourism.


  • Lisa Napoli, author of "Radio Shangri-La:  What I Learned on my accidental journey to the happiest kingdom on earth"  (Broadway Books)
  • Photographer Phil Borges, author of "Tibet:  Culture on the Edge"   (Rizzoli)
  • Pico Iyer, author of numberous articles and books, including  "Falling off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World" and "The Man Within My Head."

Related Links

  • Lisa Napoli's book about her work helping to start Radio Kuzoo in Bhutan is called "Radio Shangri La."
  • Lisa also posts videos about her experiences in Bhutan on YouTube. 
  • Phil Borges has a website that includes what he calls "social documentary" photography from various locations around the world.
  • He also has a site dedicated to photography from his book "Tibet: Culture on the Edge." It includes a short video trailer about his project there, and links to organizations that help people in Tibet.
  • Phil Borges recommends Tibet FIT Travel as a specialist to make official travel arrangements and permits to enter.  
  • Pico Iyer has an entry about himself on Wikipedia.
  • Pico's book "Falling off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World" was published in 1993.  His latest book is "The Man Within My Head."
  • Samples of Pico Iyer's observations about the world are on his website.