Around the World, Here at Home

The second Monday of every month at 7:30 a.m.

In this program, you're taken somewhere new in the world each month as we interview an Ozarks resident who was born in a different country.  Join us to hear about other cultures, traditions, and the diversity we have here in the Ozarks.

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Around the World
8:38 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Belgian Teenager Finds Ozarks People Kind, Their Hobbies 'Odd'

Belgian exchange student Marie Vanderelst has spent the past year as a senior at West Plains High School.
Credit Jennifer Davidson, KSMU

Good morning, and welcome to Around the World, Here at Home. I’m Jennifer Davidson. In today’s interview, we travel to a country about the size of Maryland. It was occupied by Germany during both World Wars and its capital, Brussels, is home to numerous organizations, including the EU and NATO:  it’s Belgium.   Joining us to talk about her home country—and her experiences here in the Ozarks—is Marie Vanderelst, who just finished a year as an exchange student at West Plains High School.

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Around the World
6:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Far From His Native Ethiopia, a Psychiatrist Raises a Family in the Ozarks

(Image credit: Wikimedia.org, used with permission)

Today, we’re looking at a country that’s unique among its African neighbors in that, except for a brief time under Italian occupation, it remained independent through the era of colonization—and that independence stretches back over 2,000 years: Ethiopia. 

    

Dr. Dawit Weldemichael, a psychiatrist with Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, grew up in Addis Ababa, the capital city. He was a studious child, he says – unlike most children in his city.

“We don’t have any restrictions in Ethiopia. A child is born, you find him on the street [playing],” he said.

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Around the World
7:42 am
Mon April 14, 2014

From a Child in a Nazi Labor Camp to the Harbor of New York: Latvian Native Shares Her Story

Ilga Vise was a child when she and her family fled their home in Riga, Latvia, to escape Soviet deportation to Siberia. (Photo

Good morning, and welcome to Around the World, Here at Home on KSMU.

Today, we hear the remarkable story of a woman who was born near the Baltic Sea, in the independent country of Latvia.  Ilga Vise is well known in Springfield for her years at Drury University, Missouri State, and as a volunteer with the League of Women Voters and other causes. She’s also someone very special to me as a friend and a mentor.

She still remembers the vivid scene from her childhood in Latvia when the Gypsy wagons rolled into town once a year.

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Around the World
7:37 am
Mon March 10, 2014

45 Years Later, a Springfield Marriage Arranged in India Thrives With the Common Bonds of Education

Dr. Rabindra Roy, kneeling, speaks with schoolchildren in an Indian school he envisioned and funded with his wife. (Photo

Welcome to Around the World, Here at Home. I’m Jennifer Davidson. Today, we highlight the country with the second largest population in the world: over one billion people.  It has 14 official languages, but hundreds of others thrive, too.   It borders the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, and rises to the majestic Himalaya Mountains in the north.  Hinduism is the way of life for most, but Muslims, Christians and Sikhs, too, have a huge presence here:  India.

I spoke with Protima and Rabindra Roy, both longtime professors at Drury University in Springfield.

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Around the World
6:56 am
Mon February 10, 2014

He Arrived From Ukraine With Three Dollars in His Pocket; His Daughter Now Has a College Degree

Tanya Protsenko and her father, Anatoliy, live with their family in the rural Ozarks outside of Willow Springs, Missouri. (Photo

Good morning, and welcome to Around the World, Here at Home.  I’m Jennifer Davidson.  This morning, we’ll hear about the country that's geographically the second largest in Europe—one that was, in the 10th and 11th centuries, the  center of the most powerful Slavic state in Europe:  Ukraine. Under Soviet rule, Ukraine endured two forced famines, before finally gaining its independence in 1991.

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