Radio Shangri-La

February 23rd, 2011

Most of us have been watching recently as democracies are trying to unfurl around the world; often with the help of twitter, in place of tanks. But imagine a country for whom radio is at the cutting edge of communications. A country with its owns problems and issues, yet prides itself on its Gross Domestic Happiness. Then imagine, being immersed in and even stuck in a career in American media, and then being uprooted and dropped down into the primitive but potent culture of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. That’s exactly what Lisa Napoli did and she tells her story in her memoir Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth. My conversation with Lisa Napoli: