Boston Calling

Boston Calling

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States. This weekly podcast highlights the political, social, cultural, and economic factors that shape the US's view of the world. Presented by Marco Werman, it is produced by the Boston-based team responsible for the weekday US public radio news magazine, The World.

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Recent episodes (4)

  • Asian Exchange

    Sat, 22 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    25 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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  • Let’s Go Viral

    Sat, 15 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    On the theme of global connectedness in the age of social media, we hear from Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, on social media’s role in social movements around the world. Plus, we talk Twitter diplomacy and twenty-first century statecraft. And, the origins of Nerd Nite, a monthly lecture series uniting the brainy and the boozy. Also in this edition, the new hotline that fights Ebola-related stigma against African immigrants in the US. Boston Calling listeners’ superstitions from around the globe. And a behind-the-scenes look at OK Go’s latest viral sensation—a drone-assisted music video shot in Japan.

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  • A Tale of Two Homes

    Sat, 8 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    11 days remaining

    One of Sierra Leone’s most popular musical outfits is made up of former refugees from the country’s civil war. And now they’re in exile again—this time, they’re Ebola refugees in the US. In this edition, we pay a visit to Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. Also on the programme, the musings of an Indian-American writer who feels trapped between two countries. The reasons kids from South Korea know not to keep the fan on overnight. And the memoir of an accidental war reporter in Yemen. Plus, the Star Trek actor George Takei talks about growing up in World War Two America. And we find out how New York chef Ivan Orkin became a king of Japanese ramen.

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  • SafeMode

    Sat, 1 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    Safety and personal security is our theme this week. We'll meet Shoana Solomon, a mother from Liberia who moved her kids to the US to get away from Ebola, only for her children to run into new problems in their American classroom. Plus, wedding gown designer Jill Andrews shares how she became involved in an effort to create a better Ebola hazmat suit. Also in this edition, we’ll find out why canals could be the solution to Boston’s climate change challenge. We’ll hear how images of death and torture in Syria, taken by a photographer known as Caesar, are echoing past horrors at the US Holocaust Museum. And, we’ll meet Laura Poitras—the documentary filmmaker who was there when fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden first started to talk. Plus: the man who claimed to be a whaler, and other online dating adventures of Anya Ulinich

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