Program 493: Rolling Blackouts; Language to Lend; Czech Beer
Release Date: 08-05-2017
Cartoonist Sarah Glidden shares the insights she gained while getting to know the Kurdish people of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Then a Dutch "language spotter" recommends interesting foreign words we English speakers might want to borrow. And tour guides from Prague explain how sharing a beer is an important part of the social fabric in the Czech Republic.
- Journalist Sarah Glidden, author/illustrator of "Rolling Blackouts" (Drawn and Quarterly)
- Linguist Gaston Dorren, author of "Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages" (Atlantic Monthly Press)
- Katerina Svobodova and Jana Hronkova, tour guides from Prague
- Sarah Glidden's "Rolling Blackouts" details her travels as part of a reporting crew in Turkey, Iraq and Syria, with an investigative journalism group called The Seattle Globalist.
- Sarah's first graphic novel is "How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less."
- BBC News provides a profile of political events in Syria over the past 100 years.
- Sarah recommends Mercy Corps and the UNHCR as useful organizations for aiding refugees.
- Gaston Dorren wrote "Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages" which was released in late 2014 in Europe by Profile Books in the UK, and in December 2015 in North America by Grove/Atlantic.
- Gaston Dorren's app is called "The Language Lover's Guide to Europe," and lists sights, shops, and oddities in Europe where language is a big part of the story.
- The website for Katerina Svobodova includes contact information for guided walking tours of Prague.
- Jana Hronkova can be booked for private tours of Prague from her website.
- In Prague, the Strahov Monastery Brewery, the traditional U Pinkasu pub, Lokal for unpasteurized beer, and U Hrocha (The Hippo), are all highly rated on Trip Advisor.
- American Friends of the Czech Republic show support for rebuilding the Sokol Hall in West, Texas, where they hold a Czech festival every Labor Day Weekend.