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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  • Boston unCommon

    Sat, 19 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    It has been a year since the Boston Marathon bombings. As the city gears up for this year’s race, we hear from some of the people who will be on the course. One, an experienced runner and trauma surgeon who treated victims of last year's blast. The second is an Iraqi diplomat who will be running to show solidarity with terrorism victims the world over. Also in this edition, how the adopted hometown of the alleged bombing suspects is coming to terms with the events of last April. And the new generation of robots that are being deployed to protect high-profile sporting events like the Boston Marathon.

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  • Best Intentions

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    The story of a ball that was supposed to have revolutionised the way people in developing countries light their homes. Also in the show, how the Rwanda genocide led a 27-year-old American to devote his life to preventing future atrocities. An American man who brought presents to the family of the Palestinian who tried to murder his wife. An immigrant from Malaysia remembers going hungry her first night in the US because of a misunderstanding between her and her host family. And, a programme that hopes to solve the shortage of young farmers in America by focusing on urban immigrant teens.

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  • A Rebel’s Ride

    Sat, 5 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    14 days remaining

    The indestructible pick-up truck that insurgent groups from Afghanistan to Syria want to drive. Also in the programme, the California town where Cesar Chavez launched the farm-workers’ rights movement in the 1960’s gets a starring role in a new film about him. Another California community that wants to be known for its large Arab immigrant population meets resistance from some locals. An American journalist explains how Stalin’s daughter wound up giving him parenting advice. Why one freight train popular with Central American immigrants heading to the US has earned the nickname “The Beast.” And, email sign-off preferences. How do you say goodbye?

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  • Motivations and Murder

    Sat, 29 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    New evidence implicates one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers in a triple homicide in 2011. A reporter investigating the murders thinks the marathon bombings might have been prevented if police had pursued the murder investigation more thoroughly. Also in the program, what motivates a Mexican drug smuggler? We also hear about some globe-trotting American basketball players in Libya, and learn why French is making a comeback in one US state bordering Canada. And Iranian-American comedian, K-von Moezzi, tells us how he learned about being Persian when he started doing stand-up.

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