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Program 512: Shakespeare in South Sudan; Africa 54; Normandy

Release Date: 01-27-2018

Description

We check in with author and long-distance walker Francis Tapon after his five-year journey to all 54 countries in Africa. And we hear how a widespread love of Shakespeare played a key role in shaping Africa's newest nation, South Sudan. Plus, tour guides from France offer tips for exploring the countryside of Normandy, including the monuments to WWII battles fought there.

Guests

  • Literature professor Edward Wilson-Lee, author of "Shakespeare in Swahililand" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Travel writer and filmmaker Francis Tapon
  • French tour guides Antoine Bonfils, Virginie Moré, Patrick Vidal

Additional Info

  • Edward Wilson-Lee was raised in Kenya, teaches literature at Cambridge, and is the author of "Shakespeare in Swahililand." 
  • A video promo for the South Sudan Shakespeare Company's production of "Cymbeline" in Juba, from the start of the new nation in 2011. 
  • Francis Tapon posts blog messages and videos from his adventures at www.tapon.org.
  • Francis spoke with Rick on Travel with Rick Steves in 2013, as he prepared to start his Africa 54 journey on program #314. We also checked in with Francis in the middle of his trip, while he was in Tanzania. It's on the first show of 2015, program #390.
  • Rick's online guide to the highlights of Normandy.  
  • The American Cemetery in Normandy is operated by the American Battle Monuments  Commission as a tribute to the fallen troops from D-Day.
  • The Mont Saint-Michel Abbey is operated by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.
  • The scars of the Second World War in Normandy are still evident at the church caller Keith visited at Angoville-Au-Plain.

Program Extras

More about Normandy - Listeners share what they love about Normandy, including why you should not overlook the coastal city of Cherbourg. (runs 1:56)