Big Time

Well, we did it; we’ve made it to the big time.  Hold your applause.

Alison, Sam, and I started a radio show in our town.  The name of our show is called Hablando un Mismo Idioma (Speaking the Same Language).  We go live every Saturday morning from 9- 9:30 am on Radio Dalia and talk about themes of health, environment, and US vs. Nicaraguan culture.

Jesus introducing us.

This Saturday was our first show.  The guy who runs the show, Jesus, introduced us, and then we began by giving our listeners a run-down of who we are, where we’re from, and what we’re doing here.

We bantered back and forth on family planning, asking the questions that’re hard to address at more-formal MINSA outings: What should I do when the hospital or health post runs out of my preferred method of contraception?  What are my options if I don’t want to have any more children but my husband is pressuring me to do so?  When should we begin talking about family planning and sexual education in the schools?  Where do I go if I’m being sexually abused by a family member?

Then we discussed throwing garbage on the street:

Alison, "throwing trash in the can is way cooler than throwing on the street!"

that your average plastic bottle takes 200 years to decompose fully, that trash can be used to make some pretty stellar arts and crafts projects, and that it’s cool to hold onto your trash until you can dispose of it responsibly–really!

We also gave a Letterman-style Top Three List (we only have a half hour show!) of our favorite Nicaraguan Independence Day things and our favorite US Independence Day things, because this past week we celebrated Independence Day right here in town. There were processions, bolos (drunk people), and kids in lots of kick-ass costumes participating in their schools’ bands.  So our top three favorite things?  Drum roll, please:


1.   Food: hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, those cakes with the American flag made out of strawberries and blueberries, and I could go on…
2.    Spending time with family…at the beach.
3.    Fireworks, with emphasis on PROFESSIONAL fireworks.  That one time I went with Becca to the amateur show down the Cape we didn’t die, but the car about 5 feet away from us sure did.

TOP THREE FAVORITE THINGS: Nicaraguan Independence Day
1.  The costumes–they come in all colors, sizes, styles, and the girls are almost always marching in boots with giant heels.
2.  The whole community comes out to play.
3.  It’s two days instead of one!  And by two days, of course, I mean a week.

We ended the show by teaching our listeners an phrase in English: Happy Independence Day.

I’m excited about the potential of this radio show.  It’s a real chance to reach a large population (the entire municipality!) and talk about issues that are important but are often too hard or too controversial to address at other venues.

And that’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

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