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Paul Brinkley-Rogers - "Please Enjoy Your Happiness"

Paul RogersPaul Brinkley-Rogers joined the US Navy right our of high school, in 1959, and soon found himself on a ship that sailed the South China Sea and frequently docked in Japan.  There he met an unusual woman, who spoke English, shared his literary and cultural interests, and encouraged him to be a writer. When he returned to the US, he never saw her again, but his life took the direction that she had predicted.  Rogers became a war correspondent for Newsweek, then later, as a reporter for the Miami Herald, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for his team's reporting on the Elian Gonzalez custody battle.Please Enjoy Your Happiness

A few years ago, Paul came across some of the letters that Kaji Yukiko had written to him.  Her passionate words reawakened his memories of that time.  It is another world, half a century removed, and yet the mystery and adventure is so immediate.  This is one of the most moving memoirs I have ever read.

Blackened Canteen Writers' Voices welcomes Jerry Yellin to the studio this week. Jerry returns to Fairfield to work on getting a film made of his true story, "The Blackened Canteen." 

Jerry Yellin

This inspirational book tells a story of honor between enemies, and the healing that can come after a war.

Jerry is one of the last remaining WWII fighter pilots, and has spent his golden years bring the message of peace and healing to wounded warriors around the world.

Jerry is the author of 3 other books, "Of War and Weddings, "The Resilient Warrior, and "The Letter."  You can listen to Jerry's previous interviews on Writers' Voices here.

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Our guest on Writers' Voices this week will be Jerry Yellin, author of "Of War and Weddings" and "The Blackened Canteen", and co-founder of LISCO. Mr. Yellin was an honored fighter pilot in the 1940s. In "The Blackened Canteen", he tells the story of how the compassion of one Japanese man toward fallen American soldiers, lead to a traditional day of prayer for peace.

Of this story, Yoko Ono says, "Having campaigned for peace for many years, this beautiful story strikes a deep chord with me. I hope it will become more widely known around the world and inspire other people too."

Joi ItoMy guest this week on Open Views is Joichi Ito, Chairman of Creative Commons and Chairman of Six Apart Japan.

Joi has received much recognition for his role as an entrepreneur focused on Internet and technology companies and has founded PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan, and provided the initial venture capital (through his venture firm Neoteny Corp.) to Six Apart, the company that created Movable Type, Typepad and now owns LiveJournal.

He is on the board of Technorati, Digital Garage, WITNESS, Pia Corporation, Socialtext and iCommons. In October of 2004, he was named to the board of ICANN for a three-year term starting December 2004. In August of 2005, he joined the board of the Mozilla Foundation. He also served on the board of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) from March 2005 until April 2007.

As this all makes clear, Joi Ito is a serial entreprenuer and also a prolific Free Culture activist. He joins me on Open Views to talk about his work with Free Culture both in a global and Japanese context.