Boston Calling

Boston Calling

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States. This weekly podcast highlights the political, social, cultural, and economic factors that shape the US's view of the world. Presented by Marco Werman, it is produced by the Boston-based team responsible for the weekday US public radio news magazine, The World.

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Recent episodes (3)

  • Coming to Terms

    Sat, 11 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died. Now, at least one African immigrant is finding herself on the defensive. We’ll meet that young Liberian-American, and learn how she’s trying to remain focused on the crisis back home. Also on this edition, another immigrant recalls some early fashion lessons from her teenage class-mates. And, we’ll hear from you—our listeners—about whether the world is actually becoming a more peaceful place. Plus, a trip to Alcatraz Island to tour an unprecedented new exhibit by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. We’ll learn how English became the language of science. And— from the Beyonce horse fly to the George Bush beetle—we’ll find out how new species get their familiar names.

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  • Look Closer

    Sat, 4 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    14 days remaining

    It’s been a season of upheaval and bloodshed around the world. But Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argues that deadly violence is actually decreasing globally, and that it has been for decades. Also on this edition, we’ll hear about the new propaganda wing of the militant group that calls itself Islamic State. We’ll visit a community in California that is grappling with the Ebola crisis from afar. And we’ll take a deep dive into the largest marine sanctuary in the world. Plus, an American photographer documents life in the Fukushima exclusion zone. And the legacy of 1940s-era social clubs for Japanese-Americans.

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  • Collective Action

    Sat, 27 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    The Russian punk performance art activist collective known as Pussy Riot comes to Boston. We’ll chat with two of its members about Vladimir Putin, prison, and fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. Plus, we’ll learn why the United States and Europe are so far apart on climate policy. And, we’ll meet two young Central American migrants who are facing a new challenge—starting school in the US. Also on this edition, we’ll look at the push to get Muslim holidays on the school calendar in New York City. We’ll hear from the American puppeteers who received a standing ovation in Tehran. And, we’ll have our review of the Ig Nobel Cookbook, Volume I.

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