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)

  • Questions of Identity

    Sat, 16 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    25 days remaining

    In December 2013, a US drone strike in Yemen killed twelve men. We’ll revisit the attack and examine its shadowy aftermath. Also, we’ll hear how one Muslim American fought prejudice by running for political office in small town USA. And, we’ll meet the American scientist helping grandmothers in Argentina find their stolen grandchildren. Also in this edition, a veteran of the Iraq War describes how he feels when he sees the embattled country unravelling again. Plus, we’ll hear from a California-based rapper giving voice to young Iraqis abroad. And we’ll learn about the latest trend in tourism that has travellers exploring the darker, dirtier corners of the world.

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  • Then and Now

    Sat, 9 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    A generational divide in the US Jewish community has emerged over the last several years. But we’ll learn how the latest conflict in Gaza has really laid bare the split. Also, we’ll listen to a new hit song in Central America called “La Bestia,” and we’ll find out what compelled the US Border Patrol to produce it. And we’ll get a rare tour of the Texas detention centres that are housing migrant children at the US-Mexico border. Also in this edition, we’ll visit a vintage clothing shop in New York that sells castoffs from the American working poor. We’ll take a trip to Mars—on the volcanic slopes of Hawaii. Plus, the lavender’s in full bloom on a farm on Long Island in New York, and we’ll hear why it’s such a hit with Asian tourists.

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  • War Left Behind

    Sat, 2 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    11 days remaining

    Iraqi refugees gather at a California coffee shop to discuss the decaying state of their home country. We’ll hear about a US TV documentary that’s traced Iraq’s current crisis back to the early days of the American-led invasion. Also, we’ll meet an Israeli military reservist and a Palestinian peace activist living side-by-side in Washington, DC. And, we’ll hear the story of a boy who fled violence in the Middle East, only to find a different kind of conflict in the American Midwest. Also in this edition, we learn about the linen armour that once protected ancient Greek warriors. And, we hear about one man’s career change, from military analyst to cheesemonger.

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  • Sliver of Hope

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    When an American doctor in West Africa encounters a nine year-old boy with Ebola, he doesn’t give up hope that the child can be treated. But the odds are not in his favour. An Indian immigrant to the US laments the difficulty of finding a Hindi book in India. And we’ll find out why a Chinese game called nine-man is taking off in America. Also in this edition, we’ll learn why the liquor baijiu has yet to catch on with American drinkers. We’ll hear how a Russian writer got a street named after him in New York. And we’ll meet a classical music composer whose latest chart-topping album is inspired by climate change.

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