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"Home From Africa"

From: Jake Warga
Length: 20:03

A Peace Corps adventure

Painting_small Follow Jenafir into the heart of Africa and the human condition. Mixed interview and sent tapes: hear the symptoms of chronic Peace Corps Withdrawal, what village life is like, and how the hardest culture shock is coming home. Winner: Clarion Award. Society of Professionals in Journalism--MOE. Finalist: Gracie. NFCB Orig. posted Transom.org 12/01 Orig. Aired "Savvy Traveler" 1/02 HearingVoices: Woman's History Month Orig. 34min (better) version available. Contact jakesterw@yahoo.com

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Follow Jenafir into the heart of Africa and the human condition. Mixed interview and sent tapes: hear the symptoms of chronic Peace Corps Withdrawal, what village life is like, and how the hardest culture shock is coming home. Winner: Clarion Award. Society of Professionals in Journalism--MOE. Finalist: Gracie. NFCB Orig. posted Transom.org 12/01 Orig. Aired "Savvy Traveler" 1/02 HearingVoices: Woman's History Month Orig. 34min (better) version available. Contact jakesterw@yahoo.com

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Review of "Home From Africa"

This is a very good radio piece. We've heard the story before -- Post Partum Peace Corps Disorder -- but told with audio diaries and some production flourishes it sounds different and fresh. The narrator uses her Thirteen Symptoms of Chronic Peace Corps Withdrawl ("...1: subscribing to music normally only found in a library; 2: salivating to the sounds of polyrhythmic music...") as a framework to move around in time and space. We hear her reflections before, during and after her experience living in Benin, Africa nicely edited with some great African music. There's a lovely description of the proper way to clean a dirt florr. The piece ends beautifully. Newspeg: Peace Corps celebrates 43 years in March 04.

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http://www.transom.org/shows/2001/200112.shows.africa.warga.html