Albany, NY –
Six months after the Japanese tsunami, American musicians are working together to raise money to help the rebuilding effort.
And we'll meet a writer who's moved from New York to Alaska to trace her seafaring roots. I'm Susan Barnett and you're listening to 51% the women's perspective.
Hurricane Irene scored the landscape of the East Coast at the end of August, but even her fury can't compare to the devastation northern Japan suffered six months ago. Hundreds of thousands of people are still homeless after the earthquake, the tsunami and the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear reactor. Machan Taylor is a Japanese American musician who watched the disaster unfold from her home in upstate New York. And she has spent the past six months organizing a relief effort which culminates in a concert in New York City this month. A singer/songwriter, she's toured with Sting, with George Benson and with Pink Floyd. But when she began what she's calling the Motherland Project, she says it was daunting.
Machan Taylor is the organizer of the Motherland Project. A benefit concert for Japan will held at BB King's in New York City with Machan and Hiroshima on September 21st. The benefit CD is available at themotherlandproject.com.
Coming up, more with Machan Taylor and a woman whose fascination with the sea has led her to an Alaskan adventure.
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We're continuing our conversation with Machan Taylor, the organizer of the Motherland Project. She has spent the past six months organizing a relief effort for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan which culminates in a concert in New York City this month. Her family in Japan is safe, but hundreds of thousands of others are still homeless and may never be able to go home because of the radiation from the Fukushima plant.
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Machan Taylor is the organizer of the Motherland Project, an effort to raise money to help people displaced by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. There is a benefit concert at BB King's in New York City with Machan and Hiroshima on September 21st. The benefit CD is available at themotherlandproject.com. And ironically, natural disaster struck closer to home for Machan Taylor when Hurricane Irene ripped up the Catskills in New York. She is now planning to organize local musicians in New York's Hudson Valley and Catskills to help raise money for the people displaced by Irene.
Finally, we have the first installment of Susan Dyer's Alaska Diaries. Dyer is a writer who recently pulled up stakes from Rochester New York to take a teaching job in Juneau, Alaska. It's an adventure, but adventure runs in Dyer's blood.
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Susan Dyer is a writer and teacher. She lives in Juneau, Alaska at least for now.
That's our show for this week.
Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our music is by Kevin Bartlett.
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