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January 18, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

Ep. 210 “Christmas Memories 2014”

 (hosted by Dr.  Vivian Dames with production assistance of Samantha Marquez-Dauglash and Alan Grossman) airs 12/26/14. 

In celebration of the Christmas season, we are pleased to offer our fifth annual episode of story-telling and music featuring personal memories of Christmas, both here and far, from different members of our Guam community.  This time we feature the music of the St. Francis Choir (The Island Rhythm), the St. Francis School Children’s Choir (It’s Christmas on Guam and Peace) and the University of Guam Chorale (Christmas in the Tropics). 

Program guests and music (in order of presentation) are: Chad Comer and Haley Neimiller, US Navy service members and patrons of the USO in Tumon Bay (“Christmas at the Beach in Tumon Bay”; Veronica Genereux, retired flight attendant and wife of Michael Genereux, ifit wood artist; John Ray Aguon, military veteran and Chamorro activist who offers rides on his carabao ‘Do’ak’ at Talofofo Bay ((“Jungle Bell Rock”); Jose Servino, the first Filipino-Chamorro nuclear engineer to be certified by the Atomic Energy Commission who served as the civilian commander of the Defense Communications Agency on Guam from 1992-96 and assisted with Operation Christmas Drop (‘Pasko Na Sinto”); Ron Acfalle, a native son and cultural preservationist who recalls Christmas as a U.S. marine at Camp Schwab, Okinawa and in Panama City (‘Share a Little Christmas”); Sarah Thomas-Nededog, social worker and vice-president of Westcare Pacific and Troy Kaplan, lead advocate for veterans who talk about homeless veterans and their newly funded program of supportive services (“Where is the Peace?”) and Janna Melsness, a midwife and the daughter of a U.S. Air Force retiree (“One Child” ).  

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January 18, 2015 @ 7:31 pm

Ep. 209 “History, Soul Wounds, Healing and Liberation”

(hosted by Dr.  Vivian Dames with production assistance of Alan Grossman) was recorded 12/3/14 at the Westin Hotel-Guam and aired 12/19/14.   

Program guests are Dr. Eduardo Duran ( and Ms. Vanessa Jackson ( who presented at the first Behavioral Health in Micronesia Conference: Indigenous Perspectives on Wellness and Health in our Communities held December 4-6, 2014. The aim of this conference was to bridge traditional knowledge with behavioral health practice to address the alarmingly disproportionate rates of teen suicide, substance abuse, violence, and incarceration in Micronesian indigenous communities. In this interview Duran and Jackson talk about their clinical and community work with Native and African-American communities, respectively, and the importance of history, identity, balance and ritual in processes, both spiritual and political, of individual and collective healing and liberation.  

Dr. Duran, who currently resides in Bozeman, Montana, is a Native American psychologist who has been working in Indian Country for 30 years. He has been instrumental in developing clinical theory and methods that integrate ancient traditional approaches with modern western strategies in an effort to make healing relevant to Native peoples around the world.  In his book, Healing the Soul Wound: Counseling with American Indians and Other Native Peoples (2006), he presents case materials that illustrate effective intervention strategies for problems such as substance abuse, intergenerational trauma, and internalized oppression. Although this is his first visit to Guam, his work has been influential among some local practitioners in psychology, social work and counseling. Duran is also a Vietnam era U.S. Navy veteran and a former engineering psychologist for the Department of Defense.  

This is Vanessa Jackson’s third visit to Guam over ten years.  She is a licensed clinical social worker and owner of Healing Circles, Inc., a personal and professional development consulting practice, based in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is the author of several books and is a nationally recognized speaker on mental health issues, with a focus on culturally conscious therapy and therapy with marginalized populations.  Her passion is supporting social justice activists in oppressed communities to create and maintain healthy and balanced lives.  She is currently working on a book on power in clinical and community settings.  


Music selection:   Shaman’s Call by Carlos Nakai. 

As a bonus, the conference keynote talk “Soul Wounding: An Indigenous Theoretical Perspective” by Dr. Eduardo Duran and the presentation “Healing the Wounded Spirit:  The Role of Traditional Healers in Addressing Domestic Violence” by Vanessa Jackson is appended to this podcast. 

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January 18, 2015 @ 7:23 pm

Ep. 73 “Re-mapping/Re-envisioning Guam”

(hosted by Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua with production assistance of Joy White) first aired 7/1/11 and will be re-broadcast  1/2/15 (with production assistance of Alan Grossman).      

We are pleased to offer this re-broadcast as our first episode for 2015.   

There are two basic ‘maps’ which tend to dominate the consciousness of the people of Guam and how we envision the island.  The first might be called a political or an imagined map, in which Guam is always on the edge of America --- a sometimes imperceptible, forgotten part --- even to the point of being left off of its literal maps. The second is a map of the strategic interests of the United States upon which Guam --- as America’s ‘tip of the spear’ --- is a clear and crucial part. The contradictions in these two maps contribute to the ambivalences and ambiguities of living in contemporary Guam.      


Program guest is Dr.  Jeffrey Sasha Davis (, assistant professor of Geography at the University of Hawai’i – Hilo and author of "The US military base network and contemporary colonialism: Power projection, resistance and the quest for operational unilateralism" published in the journal Political Geography  (2011) 30: 215-244.  

In this 2011 interview, he discusses his research on the social and environmental impacts of militarization in Vieques-Puerto Rico, the Marshall Islands, the Nevada nuclear testing site, Subic Bay-Philippines, Okinawa-Japan, and Hawai’i and invites us to consider an alternative map or vision for Guam: as part of a larger network of communities of resistance seeking to mitigate the effects of US militarization in their lives, lands and oceans. 

Related work published by Dr. Davis since this interview include: “Repeating islands of resistance: Redefining security in militarized landscapes"Human Geography (2012) 4: 1-12 and The Empires’ Edge: Militarization, Resistance and Transcending Hegemony in the Pacific. University of Georgia Press - Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation book series (forthcoming in 2015)  

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January 11, 2015 @ 4:29 pm

Ep. 208 “Bikes, Bases, and Beyond”

(hosted by Samantha Marquez-Dauglash with production assistance of Vivian Dames and Marlon Molinos) aired 12/12/14.   

Program guest is Tom Renfro (, an avid biker and co-creator of the biking advocacy group I Bike Guam.  Since he arrived in Guam in 1993, Tom has been raising awareness of the benefits of biking and advocating for a biking infrastructure. Through his determination I Bike Guam was awarded a grant through Guam’s Non-Communicable Disease Consortium to help Guam become a healthier place. With this grant he is inspired to start up a project that links abandoned bikes on Guam’s military bases (and possibly other sources) to members of the civilian community to help residents get fit and stay healthy and active; also, to promote bike ridership and community building between the military and civilian communities. 

Other guests include Dr. Robert Underwood, president of the University of Guam and chair of the Center for Island Sustainability, who shares his concerns that Guam’s weather, the lack of a biking infrastructure, and lack of incentives and political leadership on this issue hinders change in Guam’s car-centric culture.  

Mr. Joaquin Blaz, acting Highway Administrator at the Department of Public Works discusses the current status of road-sharing, bicycle paths or land infrastructure on island. 

Lastly, Mr. Tom Frawley, a U.S. Navy serviceman and avid cyclist describes the bike infrastructure on U.S. military bases in Guam, Japan, and Pensacola, Florida and the practice of abandoning bikes, especially on Guam.  He believes the more bicycles there are on the road, the more community members become willing to use bicycles in their everyday lives.  With a greater awareness of active cyclists on the road, there is a need to make sidewalks and road sharing  and designated bike lanes for cyclists to use.   

Music selection: Music from my bicycle by aeopmusic on YouTube. 

Guest host Samantha Marquez-Dauglash is a senior in the Communication at the University of Guam who is completing an internship with KPRG Public Radio Guam.    

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