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Lisa Napoli left her job as reporter and back-up host at Marketplace in 2008 to help found a youth-oriented radio station in the Kingdom of Bhutan. She wrote a book about it, called Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Place on Earth.
The author, journalist, and host of KCRW's All Things Considered visits with Tom Schnabel to talk about Bhutanese music, the Shangri-La radio station, the people of Bhutan, and oddities like the phallus paintings on homes to ward off envy, also an American university (UTEP, pictured above) where the architecture is completely based on Bhutanese buildings.
Finally, we talked about the big event just around the corner: the royal wedding of the handsome 31 year-old King to a stunning 21 year-old beauty. The King and soon to be Queen of Bhutan marry on Thursday, October 13, 2011. He is the Fifth King of Bhutan, aged 31, the youngest monarch in the world. King Jigme Khesar Wangchuck. She is 21. Her name is Jetsun Pema.