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?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgXfXt5nUgE&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=7

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?

Listen to the FULL episode here –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCHMAAy3e6E&list=PLUrWqfKljMDHaM-eGJ6u0Ol4kP_3AhTt4&index=8

 

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