Feb 19th, 2007
Reporter Matthew Brunwasser profiles Bulgarian clarinet master Ivo Papasov. Papasov was probably the first to blend American jazz with Balkan folk music…but it took the fall of Communism for much of his homeland to be able to hear it.
Jan 15th, 2007
Correspondent Matthew Brunwasser reports on a new far-right political group that’s been formed in the European Parliament.
Dec 29th, 2006
Leprosy is now a curable infection and isolating the afflicted in leper colonies is fast becoming history. Correspondent Matthew Brunwasser takes us to Europe’s last leper colony in Tichilesti, Romania, which houses 20 people with the disease.
Oct 2nd, 2006
Correspondent Matthew Brunwasser reports on a small Bulgarian town where heavy metal still rules.
Aug 15th, 2006
Matthew Brunwasser reports from the Mediterranean island of Malta — where divorce is not an option for troubled marriages. Malta’s conservative Catholic society does allow married couples to separate — but they can’t re-marry.
Aug 2nd, 2006
When it comes to popular music in Bulgaria, it’s Chalga. Chalga is a blend of eastern Turkish rhythms, western pop and local folk music. The King of Chalga is a singer named Azis. He’s a controversial figure. Many Bulgarians love him, but he also inspires a lot of animosity. Matthew Brunwasser has today’s Global Hit.