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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Recent episodes (4)

  • Not the History Hour

    Sat, 25 Apr 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    We hear how the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and his wife, the artist Frida Kahlo, captured the soul of Detroit when they turned the American city into their canvas in the early 1930s. And, we find out why the US Department of Defence plans to exhume the remains of sailors and Marines who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Plus, Boston residents reflect on the Armenian massacre, one hundred years later. Also, we head to the US-Mexico border and find a Chinese food scene like none other. We meet the backcountry cook who is a legend at California’s Yosemite National Park. And we learn about NASA’s musical wake-up calls for sleepy astronauts.

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  • First Person

    Sat, 18 Apr 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    We meet Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a San Francisco man who escaped war-torn Yemen by riding a small fishing boat across the rocky Red Sea. Then, we learn about a privately-funded effort to rescue (and feed) imperilled migrants on the Mediterranean. And, we take flight with US Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins, the first female pilot in America’s top aerial display team. Also, a Los Angeles artist designs an Ebola protective suit that allows patients to see the faces of those helping. We meet another Los Angeles artist— ‘El Maestro’ — who is known for crafting some of the most intricate mariachi suits in the world. And, an Indo-Guyanese musician who now lives in New York finds a niche bringing the city’s harmoniums back to life.

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  • In Search of Solutions

    Sat, 11 Apr 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    We hear reflections on the Boston Marathon bombing verdict from Juliette Kayyem, a Boston resident and former assistant secretary of homeland security. Then, a Somali-American activist tells us the tragic tale of his nephew— a 17-year-old honours student who left his Minnesota home to join al-Shabab. Also, we meet ‘Average Mohamed’, a petrol station manager who’s using cartoons to fight Islamic State recruitment. Plus, the US Secretary of Energy tells us about something he has in common with his Iranian counterpart and its role in securing the Iranian nuclear deal. We hear about the plot to overthrow North Korea’s leadership, one American sitcom at a time. And, we find out what happens when North Korean students watch ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’.

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  • Making Waves

    Sat, 4 Apr 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    We hear how hundreds of men from Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries are being used as slaves to catch fish that end up on American dinner tables. Then, we find out why Americans are being urged to be better informed about the seafood they eat. Also, we witness a scientist unlocking one of the great mysteries of Arctic ice melt. Japanese artists remember the Fukushima disaster through their photography. And we learn about the 'Texas Miracle' that’s fueling huge economic growth— and the climate change that may end it. Plus, how musicians in the Nile River basin are helping their region tackle its drought problem.

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