Week of November 3, 2013

Segment 1: From Secretary to King

Peggielene Bartels, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village suddenly finds herself king to a fishing town of 7,000 on Ghana's central coast. Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers that there's no running water, no doctor, and no high school, and many of the village elders are stealing the town's funds. In the end, a deeply traditional African town has been uplifted by the ambitions of its headstrong, decidedly modern female king. And in changing Otuam, Peggy is transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community. www.kingpeggy.com

"It has transformed me to be able to connect to my people, by helping them. Before, it was just a lowly secretary, coming home, I don’t have a child, working hard and come home and do my own thing, without thinking of anybody."

-Peggielene Bartels

Segment 2: The Haves and the Have Nots

World Bank economist, Branko Milanovic The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality goes on a journey through history and around the globe to show what happens when the gap between rich and poor widens.

"Having high inequality is essentially saying to a large group of people that their talents will eventually not be used. And that's not good for a country."
-Branko Milanovic