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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  • In Other Words

    Sat, 27 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    We find out what it takes to be a simultaneous interpreter. A foreign correspondent and his translator tell us how their relationship is about more than words. And the people who write film subtitles reveal the challenges of their craft. Also, the linguist Dan Jarafsky tells us why American restaurants call a main course 'the entree'. And we leaf through the pages of the Dictionary of Untranslatables.

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  • Consider The Source

    Sat, 20 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    We meet a former US drone operator and learn what it’s like to work in a perpetual state of war. Then, Farea al-Muslimi— a Yemeni activist— describes life on the other end of America’s drone program. Also, allegations that a US development agency planned to use hip-hop to start a Cuban revolution. The Oregon school that’s raising the bar for bilingual education. And the risks of remaining a monolingual culture. Plus, how the etymology of food terms reveals the history and travels of the things we eat.

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  • Electronic Frontiers

    Sat, 13 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    14 days remaining

    We meet Chris Doman, one of the world’s top civilian cyber defenders, and learn how he beats hackers at their own game. And we hear from Arnas Fedaravičius, the Lithuanian actor who played the fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden on Russian TV. Plus, the legacy of the real Edward Snowden. Also, video game designer Navid Khonsari tells us the inspiration behind his yet to be released game about Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. We remember Ralph Baer, the serial inventor who became the ‘father of video games’. And we find how out a Buddhist shrine transformed a once-rough street corner in northern California.

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  • Travel Light

    Sat, 6 Dec 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    We meet two men— Ajmal Faqiri and Janis Shinwari—who worked as interpreters for US troops in Afghanistan, and we chat with the former American soldier who’s helping them start new lives in America. Plus: how to walk on ice— and other essential winter-survival tips for newly arrived refugees in the States. Also in this edition, a Cambodian immigrant finds peace in the mountains of New England. An American journalist on a seven-year trek meets a shepherd who’s bidding farewell to an ancient ruin about to be flooded by a dam. And a composer is inspired by his own fear of flight to write music to help other nervous flyers relax.

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