Speaker: Lisa Napoli, veteran public radio journalist and author of RADIO SHANGRI-LA: What I Learned in Bhutan, The Happiest Kingdom on Earth
When Lisa Napoli found herself unhappy with the fast-paced U.S. media world, she volunteered to help start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station. Bhutan is a small kingdom in the Himalayas, home to 650,000 residents, most of whom make their living working in subsistence farming. The nation has experienced rapid change in the past forty years, becoming a democracy in 2008 after a century of monarchy.
In her time in Bhutan, Napoli learned more about the people, history and culture of the “last Buddhist kingdom” and the “happiest kingdom on Earth,” and she also learned quite a bit about herself. She’s sharing those lessons in her new book, Radio Shangri-la: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth (Random House) Come learn more about the kingdom of Bhutan and its lessons for us all.
Lisa Napoli is a seasoned journalist who has worked for the public radio program “Marketplace,” as well as for The New York Times and MSNBC. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. and is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst.