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December 11, 2008
Join our giant kitchen conversation

      

Click above to visit Worldfocus at BlogTalkRadio.

Anchor Martin Savidge hosted his first radio show on Tuesday on the Kashmiri people, history and human rights.

In case you didn’t know it, this past Tuesday marked another milestone for Worldfocus…our first time on the radio. It was BlogTalkRadio, another new tool of the Web. And it was wonderful.

One of the beauties of radio is, of course, you don’t see me. So after the televised version of Worldfocus that night, I went home and slipped into a pair of jeans, a T-shirt and a comfy sweater.

I was casual, and that’s the idea of the radio show.

We chose Kashmir to talk about because it’s been in the news lately in connection to the terror attacks in Mumbai, India, and has received a lot of feedback from commenters on Worldfocus.org. It’s an area few Americans have been to, and even fewer understand. No wonder; it’s a very complex story. That’s why I was thrilled to have an entire half-hour to talk about one subject.

We had four guests on the line. It was radio, but we all spoke using the telephone: Two professors, a former Pakistani Ambassador and a young Kashmiri-American who is also in a rock band that plays music inspired by his homeland.

After the introductions, I think everyone got it that this wasn’t a formal interview. Rather, it was a talk amongst friends, as if we were all seated at a kitchen table after the plates have been cleared, with only cups of coffee before us. Everyone shared and everyone gained.

It was such a hit — not just with the speakers but with listeners as well — that we decided the next day to make it a regular thing.

So starting in January, we will select a subject each week and join a panel of  knowledgeable guests, slip into some comfy slippers and start a conversation about something in the world. We’ll tell you the topic and how to join the talk a couple of days before on the television version of Worldfocus. That way, you can call in or e-mail. You’ll have to provide your own coffee, I’m afraid.

So pull up a chair and join our giant kitchen conversation (courtesy of the Internet) at Worldfocus.org. We’ve got a lot to talk about.

Talk to you on the radio.

– Martin Savidge

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