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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  • Yesterday once more

    Sat, 31 Jan 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    We find out why Russia has signalled an end to nuclear cooperation with the US. And Cuban migrants fear an end to America’s ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy as relations with the island improve. Plus, a devout Hindu mum squares off with a cheeky atheist dad. What it's like to drive Saudi Arabian princesses around Los Angeles. A Honduran woman feels the tug of ancestral ties as she considers seeking opportunity in the US. And a punk rocker from DC preserves the lost sounds of Syria.

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  • Humanitarian Instinct

    Sat, 24 Jan 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    We meet an activist-turned-aid worker from Homs, and learn about the perils of doing humanitarian work in Syria. And, we visit a US-funded housing development in Haiti called Village la Difference. Plus, language barriers in Kenya and the effort by Translators without Borders to break those barriers down. Meals on wheels in India versus Meals on Wheels in America. And grabbing a latte at ‘Meow Parlour,’ New York City’s very first cat café.

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  • Occupational Hazards

    Fri, 16 Jan 15

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    27 mins

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    We meet the Rev. Mary E. Haddad, an American priest who comforted New Yorkers after 9/11 and now is comforting Parisians after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Plus, the story behind the New Yorker magazine’s bloody tribute cover to the murdered cartoonists. And, an Indian-American writer wonders how much his lighter-skinned daughter understands about race. Plus, the US Army gets serious about cyberwarfare. The film ‘The Interview’ gets plenty right about North Korea. And the hackers behind CryptoWall 2.0 get greedy about ransoms.

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  • On The Move

    Sat, 10 Jan 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    Immigrants without visas in California now have the right to do something that they couldn’t do before the start of 2015: they can apply for a driving licence. We hear what this new rule means for immigrant communities, and California more generally. Plus, a woman from New York gets the right to drive as well, after leaving her ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community. And, how a radio DJ in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez helps weary migrants in a rather unexpected way. Also, Boston Calling listeners give us their definitions of the word ‘soul’. A sister and brother from Guam plan to open a vegan butcher shop in Minnesota. And a Canadian puppet troupe puts on a deathly funny show about mortality.

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  • A Look Ahead

    Sat, 3 Jan 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    We hear about Gabriel García Márquez’s personal archive, which has been acquired by the University of Texas. Plus, we learn about a new virtual reality tool that brings news stories to life. And, a project that crowdsources local solutions in the fight against climate change Also, we consider the future of the American space programme. The US Navy prepares its Laser Weapon System for battle. And how the greenhouse expertise of the Dutch made a US grower an orchid powerhouse.

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