AirTalk for February 15, 2011

Radio journalist gets happy in the Kingdom of Bhutan

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by Lisa Napoli

Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth

When long-time radio journalist Lisa Napoli flew to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to volunteer at the country’s first youth radio station, she was leaving behind her job at Marketplace and her life in Los Angeles. But she was looking for a change. She immersed herself in Bhutan's rapidly changing culture and its commitment to “Gross National Happiness.” In the process, she discovered a renewed sense of purpose. She was there to help the Bhutanese, but the lessons learned along the way were life-changing, leading not only to a book but to a desire to reinvent herself in the second half of her life. Is Bhutan really the happiest place on earth? Are there lessons from Napoli’s journey for the rest of us?

Guest:

Lisa Napoli, author of Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth(Crown)


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