In this episode 213, we visit with Jack Allison author of The Warm Heart of Africa, a colorful first-hand account of life in the Peace Corps in the 1960’s. While volunteering in Malawi, this journey for self-realization forged a career as a physician and public health educator.
Using his background and deep passion for music, Allison created a series of popular songs and jingles with important public health messages while he was serving in Malawi. The culture and customs in Malawi were different, but music was a language spoken by all. His song about feeding children peanuts in porridge was number one in Malawi three years running.
Chris Matthews, the retired host of the MSNBC show, Hardball, and former Peace Corps volunteer said “…Jack Allison writes about the real Africa—the summer heat, the pungent aroma, the sound of children at play—but most of all, the humanity. In The Warm Heart of Africa, you can hear the continent’s voice—and instantly know why it changed our lives…”