Boston Calling

Boston Calling

How the world is changing America. The political, social, cultural, and economic factors that shape the US's view of the world. Presented by Marco Werman and produced by the Boston-based team responsible for the weekday US public radio show, The World.

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  • Electronic Frontiers

    Sat, 13 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    26 days remaining

    We meet Chris Doman, one of the world’s top civilian cyber defenders, and learn how he beats hackers at their own game. And we hear from Arnas Fedaravičius, the Lithuanian actor who played the fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden on Russian TV. Plus, the legacy of the real Edward Snowden. Also, video game designer Navid Khonsari tells us the inspiration behind his yet to be released game about Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. We remember Ralph Baer, the serial inventor who became the ‘father of video games’. And we find how out a Buddhist shrine transformed a once-rough street corner in northern California.

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  • Travel Light

    Sat, 6 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    We meet two men— Ajmal Faqiri and Janis Shinwari—who worked as interpreters for US troops in Afghanistan, and we chat with the former American soldier who’s helping them start new lives in America. Plus: how to walk on ice— and other essential winter-survival tips for newly arrived refugees in the States. Also in this edition, a Cambodian immigrant finds peace in the mountains of New England. An American journalist on a seven-year trek meets a shepherd who’s bidding farewell to an ancient ruin about to be flooded by a dam. And a composer is inspired by his own fear of flight to write music to help other nervous flyers relax.

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  • A Melting Pot Menu

    Sat, 29 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    12 days remaining

    In this special holiday edition of Boston Calling, we hear why one family in Texas has ditched the Thanksgiving turkey, in favour of Thanksgiving tamales. And, we visit an Armenian bakery in Boston to learn how to eat Lahmacun. Also on the programme, how American craft brewers are inspiring beer makers around the world. Why Portuguese fish stew is such a hit in Massachusetts. The beauty of lop-sided cake for a Norwegian chef called Sweet Paul. And why French bread is essential for a classic Vietnamese sandwich.

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  • Asian Exchange

    Sat, 22 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    We’ll hear about a start-up in India—founded by two young American women—selling low-tech products that help the poor with every day challenges. And, the legacy of Swami Vivekananda in the United States. Also on the programme, how immigrants in the US state of New Hampshire created an unlikely ethnic food hub for the local South Asian community. The American activist training the women’s national cycling team in Afghanistan. And the Pakistani writer, Bina Shah, challenges perceptions of her homeland in the American television series ‘Homeland’. Plus, breaking a sweat with BollyX—the new fitness trend sweeping America that combines aerobics and Bollywood dance moves.

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