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 (4)

  • Global Nation

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    The humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border continues, as child migrants from Central America cross into the United States by the thousands. We’ll ask if US immigration policy is playing a role in enticing these kids to head north, and we’ll meet two young Guatemalans who say they had no choice but to make the dangerous journey. Also, we’ll hear the story of a Salvadoran girl trying to find her way in America. And the tale of a nanny from Paraguay who looks forward to reuniting with her son, but does he share the sentiment? Also in this edition, we find out how superhero stories are really about the immigrant experience. And we learn the not-so-obvious difference between ‘hospice’ and ‘hospicio.’

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  • So Long, America

    Sat, 12 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    The United States government is advising its citizens to “strongly consider not going” to more than one-third of Africa. We’ll hear about the border-crossing Americans taking Mexican football by storm. And the former Harvard footballer, fighting for gender equality in Brazil. Also in this edition, we meet the man behind the steroid scandal that rocked American baseball. We chat with the men who make up an unlikely union of cabbies fighting discrimination in Washington D.C. And we talk French sweets so unforgettable that they stir and soothe the soul.

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  • Immigration Crisis

    Sat, 5 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    13 days remaining

    An immigration crisis in the United States, as child migrants from Central America flood to the US-Mexico border. We’ll look at why so many kids are making the perilous journey, and why their parents are staying behind. And we’ll hear what happens when a small US church offers sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. Also in this edition, we get reactions to a court ruling in Chile implicating US intelligence services in the 1973 murder of American journalist Charles Horman. And we consider a Scottish chef’s case for Americans to reconsider haggis.

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  • Pen and Ink

    Sat, 28 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    To get the world's rarest autographs, America's top autograph hunters go to extraordinary lengths to make friends in high places. We'll hear about the ways spies have used invisible ink over the years. The British cartoonist Ralph Steadman tells us about his fascination for US politics and the American illustrator Box Brown gives us some tips on how to draw a giant. Also in this edition, we try to find new images to represent Africa and Chilean-born author, Marjorie Agosin, tells us about her first days in the US.

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