Africa http://wunc.org en A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus http://wunc.org/post/doctor-leading-fight-against-ebola-has-caught-virus In the past several months, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has been a leader in the fight against the deadliest and largest Ebola outbreak in history.<p>Khan, 39, has treated over 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. He's a "national hero," the country's health minister said Tuesday.<p>Now the doctor has caught the deadly virus himself, Reuters <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/us-health-ebola-africa-idINKBN0FS10T20140723">reports</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:56:00 +0000 editor 39497 at http://wunc.org A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus A Fresh Tune For West Africa http://wunc.org/post/fresh-tune-west-africa <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color:black">Grounded in West African tradition and propelled by the funk and jazz of today, <a href="http://africaunplugged.wordpress.com/about/">Africa Unplugged</a> blends its own genre of music . </span></p><p><span style="color:black">The Greensboro group explores new ways to formulate West African music on their new self-titled album. </span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio & Charlie Shelton 38623 at http://wunc.org A Fresh Tune For West Africa Listen: This Doctor Tried To Save A Boy With The Ebola Virus http://wunc.org/post/listen-doctor-tried-save-boy-ebola-virus <p>The World Health Organization has reported the largest outbreak of Ebola ever: more than 330 deaths in western Africa, and the number is rising.&nbsp; Dr. William Fischer is an infectious disease specialist at the UNC School of Medicine. He has just returned from Guinea, the epicenter of the outbreak.&nbsp; Fischer admits he was scared at first. He wore protective clothing and a mask that made him look more like an astronaut than a physician.&nbsp;</p><p>When asked about one of his most memorable experiences, he told this story:</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:32:46 +0000 Phoebe Judge & Eric Mennel 37992 at http://wunc.org Listen: This Doctor Tried To Save A Boy With The Ebola Virus A Bridge To The Future http://wunc.org/post/bridge-future <p><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px">Author <a href="http://www.monicabyrne.org/">Monica Byrne</a> was reading a poem that included the words "ocean" and "bridge," when something just clicked. She couldn't get the idea out of her head: a pedestrian bridge so long it spanned the Arabian Sea. The vision formed the basis of her debut novel, "<a href="http://crownpublishing.com/feature/start-reading-the-girl-in-the-road/#.U5XWMZQnR5s">The Girl in the Road</a>" (<a href="http://crownpublishing.com/">Crown Publishing</a>/2014), which is set decades in the future. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px">The novel combines months of research and travel with numerous autobiographical details. It considers the different ways people recover from trauma.</span></p><p><font face="Tahoma, sans-serif"><span style="line-height: normal; font-size: 15px">Learn more about Monica and her work <a href="http://www.monicabyrne.org/">here</a>.</span></font></p><p></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:00:56 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37145 at http://wunc.org A Bridge To The Future This Durham Mechanic Bought A Million Acres Of Rainforest To Save His Home Village http://wunc.org/post/durham-mechanic-bought-million-acres-rainforest-save-his-home-village <p></p><p>Godi Godar lives and works in Durham, NC. He's a mechanic there. That's kind of amazing since Godar had never seen a car until he was in his 20s.</p><p>Godi grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There was no running water or electricity in his town, Ikoko Bonginda. (Ikoko is in the Congolese rainforest, several hundred miles upriver from the DRC's capital, Kinshasa.)</p><p>Godi recalls seeing electricity across the lake, where the missionaries were.</p><p>"I remember saying, 'Wow, look at the lights there!' It was a trip."</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 16:43:48 +0000 Carol Jackson 34767 at http://wunc.org This Durham Mechanic Bought A Million Acres Of Rainforest To Save His Home Village The Solar Suitcase: Sharing Big Ideas At SwitchPoint http://wunc.org/post/solar-suitcase-sharing-big-ideas-switchpoint <p></p><p>There's a fascinating conference happening Thursday and Friday at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw. It's called SwitchPoint. This is the conference for you if you're interested in things like using technology for good, social entrepreneurship and creativity/design.</p><p>The attendees are the kind of people who are doing the most interesting things in our society: printing 3-D organs, crowdsourcing crisis response via text, building medical devices out of broken toys.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:07:16 +0000 Carol Jackson & Eric Hodge 34365 at http://wunc.org The Solar Suitcase: Sharing Big Ideas At SwitchPoint Congolese Artists Find An Independent Platform For Their Voices http://wunc.org/post/congolese-artists-find-independent-platform-their-voices <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11pt;">When we see</span></font><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></font><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">The Democratic Republic of Congo on the nightly news, we see scenes of bloody conflict . Rarely do we hear from the people of Congo themselves. The Congolese arts organization Yole!Africa has a new project, Art On The Frontline, to promote the work of Congolese filmmakers and musicians.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:01:56 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 31323 at http://wunc.org Congolese Artists Find An Independent Platform For Their Voices [PHOTOS] Theater Of Belief: The Ritual Of Masking Across The Globe http://wunc.org/post/photos-theater-belief-ritual-masking-across-globe <p>When people don masks and costumes in the United States, it is often for Halloween or to root for their favorite sports team. But in Africa and the Caribbean, masking carries a much deeper meaning.<br />&nbsp; Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:30:39 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 30742 at http://wunc.org [PHOTOS] Theater Of Belief: The Ritual Of Masking Across The Globe Duke Conference Dances Across The African Diaspora http://wunc.org/post/duke-conference-dances-across-african-diaspora <div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">For centuries, countless dances were born out of the&nbsp;disbursement&nbsp;of African people.&nbsp; <a href="http://aaas.duke.edu/dancing-the-african-diaspora-2014">Dancing The African Diaspora</a>, a new conference at Duke University, explores dances by people of African descent. </span></font></span></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:57:24 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 30074 at http://wunc.org Duke Conference Dances Across The African Diaspora Aid Worker Chronicles Journey Chasing Chaos http://wunc.org/post/aid-worker-chronicles-journey-chasing-chaos <p>Jessica Alexander began her career as an aid worker with idealistic eyes.</p><p>But the day-to-day realities of helping rebuild disaster areas made her realize aid work is a profession with its own challenges and pitfalls. She traveled the world, helping people in Darfur, Sierra Leone and Haiti. She chronicles her journey in her memoir, “Chasing Chaos: My Decade In And Out of Humanitarian Aid” (Broadway Books/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks with Jessica Alexander about her new memoir.</p><p>She will be at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh&nbsp;tonight at 7:30.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:40:51 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio & frank 25418 at http://wunc.org Aid Worker Chronicles Journey Chasing Chaos