The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees, Ecochair Furniture Shop, Bagels

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9 May, 2017

Abby Forero-Hilty is the co-author and editor of "Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees". The book is an anthology written by seventeen authors who were born in Colombia and adopted in other countries. Their individual stories illustrate different aspects of the transracial adoption experience: the traumatic loss of their mothers; culture and identities; racism; and severe abuse. These and other topics are addressed frankly and head-on in the book. However, these first-hand accounts also highlight the indomitable tenacity and perseverance embodied by the authors as they negotiate their way through childhood, parenthood, search, reunion, and the nail-biting wait for DNA test results. Abby Forero-Hilty was adopted from Bogotá, Colombia, at the age of two months and grew up in a small suburb of New York City. She now lives in Switzerland and came to the studio to tell us her story. All profits from sales of the book will go toward DNA tests for Colombian adoptees and mothers who are desperately searching for their families. For direct information contact Abby at: Listen to the interview again here






Canadian-born Kate Bottriell founded the ecochair shop as a marketplace for high-quality, second-hand furniture. The "eco" part of it is that every item you buy on ecochair is one item that is not bought new, and one item that doesn't end up in the incinerator. Kate will help you find that table or chair or desk that fits your style and needs. ecochair helps with transportation as well, reducing pressure on forest ecosystems, lowering the carbon footprint and minimizing waste. Listen to the interview again here.




Finally tonight, Vicki Kirn was in the studio, who has the distinction of being Basel's only local BAGEL maker! Whether Sesame, PoppySeed, or Everything, Vicki's bagels are top-notch and are warm and fresh the day you pick them up. Get in touch with her at to join her mailing list and place an order. On May 21st, Vicki's Bagel Bake proceeds will go to benefit Be Aware & Share, a Basel-based charity which benefits the needs of refugees. What a great way to try the bagels, and help a worthy cause! Listen to the interview again here.






Our music theme this week was all about one-hit wonders of the 1960s. We played:

Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky

Shocking Blue - Venus

The Knickerbockers - Lies

The Kingsmen - Louie Louie

Blue Cheer - Summertime Blues

Merrilee Rush and The Turnabouts - Angel of the Morning

The Archies - Sugar Sugar

The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)

Barry and The Tamerlanes - I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight

The Troggs - Wild Thing

Dick Dale - Misirlou

Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale