Around the World Here at Home

Around the World
11:28 am
Sun February 10, 2013

Albanian Woman Describes Emerging From Behind the 'Iron Curtain' To Discover America

Arta Davis, left, with her son, Christopher (Photo provided by Arta Davis)

Welcome to Around the World, Here at Home. I’m Jennifer Davidson. Today, we’re exploring a country that’s a parliamentary democracy in southeast Europe: The Republic of Albania. And we’re seeing this country through the eyes of Arta Davis, who grew up there, and who now calls the Ozarks home.

"We didn't have many toys, and we didn't have access to TV and the media. We played a lot outdoors," she said. Soccer, chess, tag, and reading were a big part of her childhood, she says.

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Around the World
12:00 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

All-American Volleyball Player From Serbia Dedicates Her Awards to Her Family Back Home

Helena Peric of Serbia has been named an All-American volleyball player. A freshman at MSU-WP, she dedicates her awards to her

Helena Peric, a 6'1" freshman volleyball player at Missouri State University-West Plains, was still a baby when her family home was set ablaze in Croatia.

The wars in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s were fought mostly between small republics who wanted their independence, and a strong central government in Belgrade, Serbia.  The ugly conflicts brought to the world stage centuries of ethnic tension. 

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Around the World
12:01 am
Sun November 11, 2012

A Late, Rainy Night Escape By Canoe Through Communist-Controlled Laos: Springfield Restaurateur

Good morning, and welcome to “Around the World, Here at Home."  I’m Jennifer Davidson.  In today’s segment, we’ll hear the story of an Ozarks woman who once called the southeast country of Laos home.  Her life as a teenager was turned upside down when war from neighboring Vietnam bled into her country, and into her family. Today, Sang Bealer owns a Thai restaurant on historic Walnut Street in downtown Springfield:  Bangkok City. This is her story.

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Around the World
10:15 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Memories of the 'Land of Water and Sun:' Leaving Tajikistan for a More Stable Life in the Ozarks

Anastasia Gantyuk, second from left, with her family after a wedding at the Russian Church just north of West Plains, Missouri.

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Around the World Here at Home
5:19 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Around the World, Here at Home: A Decision to Stay in America, or Return to Panama

In this month's segment of "Around the World, Here at Home," KSMU's Jennifer Davidson speaks with an Ozarks man about his native country of Panama.  You can hear the interview by clicking on the audio button above.

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