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by chri s tucker


WHAT TO WATCH An Eagle’s Worldview


Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-famous anthropologist, likes Chris Bashinelli. We think you will, too. Bashinelli hosts a TV show called Bridge the Gap on bridgethegaptv.com and PBS. On the show, the 25-year-old Eagle Scout travels to some of the poorest places on earth (Uganda, Tanzania, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation) to “walk in someone else’s shoes for a day” and shine a light on how they are overcoming challenges. “We never see anything from these countries except


pictures of kids with flies on their faces,” Bashinelli says. “I want to find out what their stories are and encourage viewers to get involved and make a difference.” Bashinelli was born and raised in Brooklyn, where more


than 150 nationalities are represented. “There was so much diversity on my block,” he says. “I never thought twice about hanging out with people from Africa, the Philippines, and so on,” he says. But it wasn’t until 2007, when he went to Tanzania on a cultural exchange program, that Bashinelli found his calling. “I saw people in poverty, but they didn’t care about the


material things we had. They wanted an education,” he says. “They looked out for each other.”


Chris Bashinelli’s journey as host of Bridge the Gap has taken him to Uganda (shown in photos), Haiti, Indonesia, and beyond. His worldview—even at age 25—earned him a spot next to Dr. Jane Goodall, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Douglas at the 2011 United Nations’ International Day of Peace.


6 S COUTING ¿ NOVEMBER•DECEMBER 2012


COURTESY OF BRIDGE THE GAP TV


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