51% #1568: Telling Stories; Training Doctors To Help Refugees; Travelling For Tea

Oct 23, 2019

On this week’s 51%, hear about hidden voices in storytelling; how doctors are being trained to work with refugees; and it is tea time practically all the time for a woman who wants to help other women and the planet. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

There are stories. And then, there are STORIES. The kind that stick with you because they are bare and true. And because they make the world look a little different than before. Lynden Harris is founder and director of Hidden Voices, a non-profit in Cedar Grove, North Carolina. And these are the kinds of stories in front of her.

Through a dynamic use of call and response, "It's Been So Long" unearths the powerful ways that one woman uses storytelling to connect us all. Produced by LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant and Kim Nederveen Pieterse, alumni of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina.

Across the United States, there’s a push to give new doctors special training to work with refugees and other immigrants. And some say it’s the difference between healthy and sick patients. Side Effects Public Media’s Carter Barrett reports.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers. The study published October 9 in The Lancet medical journal says women in Nigeria, Myanmar, Ghana and Guinea also experienced high rates of cesarean sections and surgical cuts to the vagina without their consent.

The study led by the World Health Organization followed more than 2,000 women during labor and interviewed more than 2,600 women after childbirth. Some 42 percent reported physical or verbal abuse or discrimination during childbirth. The study says younger, less-educated women are at risk of mistreatment including neglect or the use of force during procedures. Some women were detained afterward for not being able to pay the bill.

Dr. Sharon Ufberg returns with her 51% segment “Force of Nature.” This time, she interviews Sarah Scarborough, who has devoted the past 20 years to uncovering the history and culture of tea. Scarborough has traveled the world to learn the ancient tradition of the tea ceremony and to source ethically grown varieties. She created Firepot Nomadic Teas with a mission to improve lives and to give back a percentage of sales to support women and education and for the sustainability of the planet. And she recently launched a partnership with Akilah, an all-women’s university in Rwanda, an area where Scarborough also sources tea. Ufberg asks Scarborough, so why the tea industry? 

Dr. Sharon Ufberg is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom, in California.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Elizabeth Hill for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio

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