About Lisa Napoli:
I'm a journalist (my last job was with the public radio show, Marketplace) who got a chance to go to Bhutan in 2007 to help with the start of a radio station there. I fell in love with the place, as many people do. After my first six-week trip there, I was back home in Los Angeles, and I heard about the UTEP-Bhutan connection from Kurt and Pamela Meyer, who collected the photos of John Claude White in a book several years ago---photos that inspired UTEP's unusual architectural lineage. Later, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival of 2008, which celebrated both Bhutan and Texas, I had the pleasure of meeting many "Miners," and then visiting the school myself.
I write about this whole fascinating connection in my new book, Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth