After 100 years, Bhutan’s royal family has stepped aside to allow a peaceful and well-planned transition to democracy. A look at how the once isolated Himalayan nation, often romanticized as a living Shangri-la, is taking on modernity and political change.

Guests

  • William Frelick refugee policy director at Human Rights Watch
  • Preston Scott curator, Bhutan program of the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
  • Kinley Dorji founding editor of Bhutan's first national newspaper, "Kuensel"
  • Kunzang Choden writer; became Bhutan's first female novelist with the publication of "The Circle of Karma" in 2005; her latest book is "Chilli and Cheese: Food and Society in Bhutan."

Related Links

Topics + Tags

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Most Recent Shows

Friday News Roundup – International

Friday, Jul 24 2015Turkish jets attack Islamic State positions in Syria for the first time. Negotiations begin in Athens on a third bailout for Greece. And President Barack Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page of USA Today for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, Jul 24 2015Secretary of State John Kerry defends the Iran nuclear deal in Congress. Republican candidates scramble for a spot in the upcoming GOP debate. And a dash-cam video of Sandra Bland’s arrest in Texas fuels debate over her death. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.