America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Radio Show

Tune in weekly on Fridays to Gabz FM 96.2 from 11:00 a.m. to noon as presenter Swift Mpoloka moderates a fast-paced, content-packed show focused on the vital relationship between the United States of America and the Republic of Botswana. From public health, to our shared commitment to democracy, wildlife conservation, economic development, education, and cultural exchange, we cover a host of themes important to Batswana.

With guests ranging from Batswana who have participated in prestigious U.S. educational and professional exchanges to our partners in Botswana’s government and civil society to U.S. government officials, you are sure to learn something new and to be inspired.

We know you’ve got questions, so we’ve also made the show interactive.  Submit questions for our ambassador on our Facebook page, and you may hear a response live on the air during our Ask the Ambassador segment.

Remember to join us every Friday on Gabz FM 96.2 at 11:00 a.m. to learn more about the strong partnership between the United States and Botswana and for the chance to win prizes! For more updates, follow us on social media.

On July 8, 2022, the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with Gabz FM, launched America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show.

The inaugural episode was hosted by local radio personality Swift Mpoloka. Featured guests included the U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Amanda Jacobsen, Public Affairs Officer Emilia Adams, and Major Daryl White.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Education Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Botswana.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaCh33a5XjA&t=17s

On July 15, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: PEPFAR DREAMS

Featured guests included the U.S. Embassy PEPFAR DREAMS Coordinator Emmanuel Mafoko and Public Affairs Professional Associate Aisha Chowdhry Huey. Our ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment guests included Kgalalelo G. Dipobolo, PEPFAR DREAMS Ambassador, and PEPFAR Have It All Brand Ambassador, Katso Becky Mponang.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Education Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Botswana.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKGSIJ7d7ME&t=14s

On July 22, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)

Featured guests included the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Cultural Affairs Specialist, Naomi Tshosa. Our ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment guests included Geoff Matheakgomo of Supangwao Museum and local musician Tom Sereetsi.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Education Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Botswana.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd6af3S2SsA&t=24s

On July 29, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: Safe Male Circumcision or Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)

Featured guests included CDC’s VMMC Activity Manager, Dr. Roland Wandira. Our ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment guests included Kabelo Kgongwana, VMMC project manager with African Comprehensive HIV/AIDs Partnerships (ACHAP).

The ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment for this episode also included YALI Alumni Laone T. Desert, youth empowerment activist, co-founder, and Executive Director of Young Minds Africa.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Education Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Botswana.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCrqxAxfBpI&t=136s

On August 5, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: BDF and the U.S. Army partnership in Botswana

Featured guests included the public affairs officer for the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), Maj. Pete Nguyen, alongside SFAB colleagues Capt. Jacob Travis and Staff Sgt. Ian Slater.

The ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment for this episode included Phenyo Motlhagodi from Hotwire and Washington Mandela Fellow Lillian Moremi.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Education Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Botswana.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l-70H5e2fA

On August 12, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: Adapting to climate change in Botswana

Our guest for this episode included the U.S. Embassy’s Regional Environmental Officer Suzanne Yountchi. The ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment featured director and filmmaker Game Zeus Bantsi.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Education Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Botswana.

Missed the show?

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On August 19, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: Celebrating Botswana’s Milestone in the HIV Response

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention Country Director, Steven Hong , USAID Deputy Director (Health), Mosarwa Segwabe and, PEPFAR Deputy Country Coordinator, Grace Ajayi, as well as Moagi Kenosi, of NAHPA.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Education Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Botswana.

Missed the show?

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On August 26, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: Solar power in Botswana

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Embassy’s Economic and Commercial Officer Brian Smyser, and the ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment featured Dithologo (DT) Mmile, Director of Sustainable Energy Botswana. This episode also featured a special guest visiting from Washington, D.C., Shella Biallas, the climate adaptation lead from the Office of Global Change at the U.S. Department of State.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Education Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Botswana.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZSz4VK0Ueg&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=10

On September 2, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: Security cooperation between the United States and Botswana

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Embassy’s Col. Darren Smith and Maj. Steve Caldwell, and the ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment featured Liphi Kedumetse, CEO of Ked-Liphi, an Electrical & Electronics company that was established in 2015 with the aim to revolutionise the technology industry in Botswana and the African region.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Education Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Botswana.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT0byRp2KgY&t=2s

On September 9, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: Leaving No One Behind – How the U.S. is Helping the Most Vulnerable Marginalized Groups in Botswana.

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Embassy’s Maina Kiranga at USAID, the United States Agency for International Development’s Prevention Advisor, and Dalton Bontsi of Silence Kills Support Group, on the ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment. The organization helps fight the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and discrimination against people who are infected and affected.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMpi9Ko4CT8&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=11

On September 16, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: Let’s talk consular affairs!

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Embassy’s Chief Consular Officer Jackie Meeker, and  Keolebogile Diswai on the ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment. Lebo is a 2014 cohort YALI Alum currently working in Syria for UNICEF.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rG8spBcs9U&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=12

On September 23, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: Preventing Cervical Cancer in Botswana.

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Embassy’s Dr. Jared Omolo at the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), and Dr. Kula Maduke of the Ministry of Health, on the ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_zZIYFRplY&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=13

On September 30, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: Botswana Day!

This episode highlighted the importance of Botswana Day, especially to the show’s host and Botswana citizens who work at the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone. This episode also included historic presidential speeches from both nations and popular patriotic songs.

Missed the show?

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On October 07, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Embassy’s Family Nurse Practitioners, Kats Jibichibi, and Tumi Ramahanelo. In addition, Public Affairs Associate Aisha Chowdhry Huey also discussed her experience on this topic. The ​show featured Nita Joshi-Bhagat from Village Imaging, who is the Africa representative for the iBreast Exam. Breast cancer survivor Charlene Nadine Motshegwe, a motivational speaker, and childhood cancer activist also shared her powerful story on the show.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SipojyogZD4&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=15

On October 14, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: Countering cyberbullying.

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Embassy’s Information Management Officer, Derek Hester, and Agang Ditlhogo of the Clicking Generation, on the ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SipojyogZD4&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=15

On October 21, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: PEPFAR DREAMS

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires Amanda Jacobsen. PEPFAR DREAMS Coordinator, Emmanuel Mafoko spoke about the DREAMS program on the show.

The ​show also featured Chawapiwa Mahlaya-Batisani, the National DREAMS Coordinator, for the ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo8CVx-z2PY&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=17

On October 28, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: Nurturing trust: A Media and Information Literacy Imperative.

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Embassy’s Ephraim Keoreng at the Public Diplomacy Section; and Tefo Phatshwane, the Director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa, and Joel Konopo, the Managing Partner of the INK Center for Investigative Journalism, on the ‘Partner Spotlight’ segment.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeW-DCmnjHw&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=18&t=7s

On November 4, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: The Diversity Visa.

Our guest for this episode was the U.S. Consular Chief, Jackie Meeker.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igwEaWXNJkI&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=19

On November 11, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: Peace Corps Volunteers in Botswana.

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Peace Corps Botswana Country Director, Danielle Monty-Mara  and U.S. Peace Corps Botswana Programs Manager, Mpho Dikole.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nL964qkJC4&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=20

 

 

On November 18, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: Global Economic Week.

Our guests for this episode were Brian Smyser, Economic And Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy, the Voice of America’s Regional Manager, Shepard Charles .

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://youtu.be/E-oWedX2xgQ

On November 25, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: Countering Gender Based Violence.

Our guests for this episode was the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Specialist, Paul Motshome, and Botswana-University of Maryland School of Medicine Health Initiative (Bummhi) and Dreams Senior Case Manager, Thabile Selema.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://youtu.be/_hElemiBDko

On December 2, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: Striving towards HIV Epidemic Control.

Our guests for this episode were the U.S. PEPFAR DREAMS Coordinator, Emmanuel Mafoko, and National AIDS and Health Promotion Agency (NAHPA)’s Evelyn Reetsang.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

 

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On December 9, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: The Spirit of Volunteerism.

Our guests for this episode were Emilia Adams, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, and Kennedy Thal of Khaisa Holdings.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otlUZBszUxY&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=24

 

On December 16, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: The U.S. – Africa Leaders’ Summit.

The show focused on the remarks made by U.S. President Joe Biden, and Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVKqtulDsh4&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=25

On December 23, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: Happy Holidays from U.S. Embassy Gaborone! 🎄

During this episode, you will hear from the U.S. Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires Amanda Jacobsen and many U.S. Embassy staff members share their special holiday messages         .

Missed the show?

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On December 30, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the theme of the day: Happy New Year from the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone!

During this episode, you will hear about all the highlights and achievements that the U.S. Embassy Botswana has had during the year in partnership with the Government of Botswana.

Missed the show?

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On January 06, 2023, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: U.S. Embassy Gaborone Ambassador’s Special Self-help Fund Program.

The first show of the year featured a fantastic guest lineup including Danna Schaper, the U.S. Embassy’s Small Grants Coordinator; Boago “Bee” Poloko, Co-Founder of Elephant Havens Wildlife Foundation in Maun; American Hollywood Actor and Producer Denim Richards, and Game “Zeus” Bantsi YALI alumni, hip-hop star and documentary producer.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

On January 13, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: Study in the United States of America!

Our guests for this episode included the U.S. Embassy’s Education Advisor Oabile Tau, New York Institute of Technology Alum Safie Sekgwa and Dr. Tefo Bubi who received a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering during his time in the state of Texas.

Missed the show?

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On January 20, 2023, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show,” focused on the theme of the day: reflecting the U.S. – Africa Leaders’ Summit.

The show focused on the U.S. – Africa Leaders’ Summit which was held in Washington D.C. from December 13 to 15, 2022.

Each episode features the segment ‘Chasing the Dream,’ where we invite you to learn more about the educational opportunities available in the U.S. and encourage you to interact with the Embassy’s Education Advisor.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XY0lqBbnh4&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=31

On January 27, 2022, “America in Botswana: The Stars & Stripes Show” focused on the day’s theme: PEPFAR’s 20th Anniversary.

Over the past 20 years, the U.S. government, through PEPFAR, has helped save and improve millions of lives and transform the global HIV/AIDS response.

To speak on this momentous occasion, you will hear from the U.S. Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires Marc Weinstock, PEPFAR Country Coordinator Yemi Oshodi, and CDC’s Catherine Motswere-Chirwa. Also joining the show will be Dr. Nkomo Bornapate from the Botswana Ministry of Health.

Missed the show?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhpjGd0yI-s&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=31