Discover America with Prince Nesta
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Discover America is a podcast in both English and Kiswahili from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, about a foreign graduate student, Prince Nesta from Kenya, and his interactions with all the weirdness, beauty, sadness, and uniqueness of the United States. Episodes tackle both the serious and benign, the shocking and awe-inspiring.

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    Pet Culture: Why Do Americans Love Their Dogs More than Other Humans?

    Prince Nesta hosts Jill Vacchina Dobbs, the Executive Director of SPCA Northern Nevada, as he explores America's lovey dovey relationship with their pets, using dogs to get dates, pet health and wellness, effects of dog abuse and unique exotic pets. Kenyans also express shock on America’s pet owners ‘weirdness’.

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    A Queer Kenyan's Poet American Journey

    Prince Nesta hosts Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa, a Kenyan queer spoken word artist, immigrant, author, freedom fighter and social justice activist. “FreeQuency” performs some of her poems, touching on issues such as LGBTQ advocacy, sexuality, feminism, the Black Lives Matter movement, oppression, Pan-Africanism, Kenyan roots, and she also shares her incredible American journey.

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    Defining Success in America

    Prince Nesta hosts a one-time country music disc jockey turned Dean of a journalism school, Alan Stavitsky, and the producer of a podcast called Modern Success, Maddie Zhang, as both share views and advice on how to achieve success from different cultural and regional perspectives within the broad American landscape of opportunity.

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    Surviving a Mass Murderer

    As mass murders continue in the United States at an alarming rate, our host Prince Nesta looks back in detail at the recent Las Vegas massacre, when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of more than 20,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Landy Dante Quaill Jr. , one of the survivors, is interviewed on this episode. The October 1st shooting left 58 people dead and 546 injured. Gun control and the use of guns in America is also discussed.

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    Unmasking American Music with Dr. Albert R. Lee

    Dr. Albert R. Lee, Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Nevada, Reno, talks to our host Prince Nesta about the differences in American and African music cultural identities, musical preferences in the United States, evolutions in jazz music and criticisms of hip-hop.

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    Swahili Promo for Discover America

    Here is a teaser for the Swahili portion of the upcoming bilingual English/Swahili podcast Discover America with Prince Nesta.

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