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)

  • In Search of Solutions

    Sat, 11 Apr 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    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:
    16 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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  • Grounded

    Sat, 28 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    9 days remaining

    We talk with the playwright George Brant about his international hit 'Grounded', a one-woman show about a military fighter pilot sidelined by pregnancy and reassigned to duty as a drone operator. Plus, the story of Kenneth Rowe, a Florida man who in 1953 fled Communist North Korea in a MiG-15 fighter jet. And, why a former US undersecretary of defence and an Afghan doctor are both optimistic about Afghanistan’s future. Also, we visit America's first all-female mosque. And we ponder a challenge for young devout Muslims— if dating's not allowed, how are you to find love?

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  • Activism in the Digital Age

    Sat, 21 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    Boston Calling travels to the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas to find out how new media is being used to drive social change. We hear about the role that protest plays in creating communities. We meet a Harvard student pressuring her university to give up its fossil fuel investments. A technology adviser to the White House speaks about her passion for the issue of immigration. A young blogger in the US pushes for change in Egypt. And an investor in start-up businesses hopes to harness the creativity of entrepreneurs to counter the social media strategy of Islamic extremists.

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