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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              • American Identities

                Sat, 23 May 15

                Duration:
                27 mins

                Available:
                29 days remaining

                We meet Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh, the creative minds behind a new podcast called #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. And we get Hollywood’s take on Asian American leading men. Plus, the identity gap between African Americans and African immigrants in the US. Also: California's gardens tell an immigrant story. The celebrated Mexican author Cristina Rivera Garza says languages aren't straitjackets, but tools to start a bilingual conversation. And we bid farewell to the late-night host David Letterman… with a sitar player.

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              • An Artist’s Touch

                Sat, 16 May 15

                Duration:
                27 mins

                Available:
                22 days remaining

                We hear from David Guttenfelder, an American war photographer raising awareness about the alarming suicide rate among former US soldiers. Plus, we look at the Vietnam War's aftermath through the eyes of a communist spy. And we meet Sonita Alizadeh, a young Afghan rapper who escaped teen marriage by singing about it. Also, independent perfumers make a big splash in the fragrance world. Ai Weiwei's 'Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads' exhibition comes to Wyoming. And an Iranian-American musician pays tribute to Rabia Basri, the first female Sufi mystic.

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              • Great Escapes

                Sat, 9 May 15

                Duration:
                27 mins

                Available:
                15 days remaining

                We hear from David Rohde, an American journalist and former captive of the Taliban, who is calling for a halt to US 'signature' drone strikes. Then, we examine the blurry line between vague and actionable government intelligence information. Also, we tour the University of Texas at El Paso, a campus that looks just like the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The journalist Jonathan Katz tells us how not to report on an earthquake. And we visit a small town in El Salvador where migrants to the US are hotly debated folk heroes. Plus, a top-selling indigenous artist from Australia doesn’t give interviews, but still wows audiences with his voice.

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              • Worlds Apart

                Sat, 2 May 15

                Duration:
                27 mins

                Available:
                8 days remaining

                We meet Jibran Nasir, a 28-year-old lawyer and civil rights activist from Pakistan, who€ i™s touring the United States to promote his message of anti-extremism. Then, we enter the world of high fantasy and talk with the author of a new book that creates an imaginary world to address the realities of our own world. And, we visit the Conjuring Arts Research Centre, a midtown Manhattan library for the wizards of New York. Also, Americans weigh the merits of police body cameras. A look back at the fall of Saigon, forty years ago. And a brother and sister recall their abrupt start to a new life in America after they fled collapsing South Vietnam.

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              • Not the History Hour

                Sat, 25 Apr 15

                Duration:
                27 mins

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                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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