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)

  • To Stay or Leave

    Sat, 20 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 2,400 people, and the World Health Organization has called the crisis “unparalleled in modern times.” We’ll ask why the United States is only now ramping up its efforts to combat the disease. And we’ll look at the incredible challenges facing healthcare workers in this fight. Also in this edition, we’ll investigate why a teen from the American heartland disappeared, only to resurface in Syria. We’ll get an update on a story from a few months ago about a gay rights activist from Uganda who was seeking asylum in the US. And we’ll meet Russia’s unlikely poster boy for its embargo on Western goods. Plus, we’ll hear how a private collection of family photos—from the 1970s—are now telling a remarkable story of American assimilation and Chinese-American life.

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  • In Times of Crisis

    Sat, 13 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    It’s all crisis, all the time on the US foreign policy front right now. We’ll try to get a handle on how the United States is doing in these troubled times. Also, we’ll learn why friends of executed journalist Steven Sotloff worked hard to scrub any mention of his Jewish identity from the web. And, we’ll learn how polices in a post-9/11 America gave rise to the militarisation of US police forces. Also in this edition, we’ll hear the remarkable story of a California rancher who hopes to provide sanctuary for an Eritrean torture survivor she read about online. Plus, we’ll meet the African immigrants stepping into the political spotlight in the state of Colorado. And, we’ll listen to the rhymes of an Afro-Latin hip-hop duo gaining popularity here in the States.

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  • Picture This

    Sat, 6 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    13 days remaining

    Newsweek's Janine di Giovanni tells us about her friend Steven Sotloff—the American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants. We’ll ask what his death means for journalists trying to cover Syria and Iraq. Also, we’ll find out how smartphone videos are helping to heal post-revolutionary Libyans suffering from PTSD. And, we’ll meet a doctor who wants to record everything that happens when a patient goes under the knife. Also in this edition, a longtime photojournalist who’s travelled the world tells us why he’s now taking photos of everyday America. Another American photographer shares his experience chronicling the Ebola crisis in Africa. And we’ll hear part two of our story about two young boys from El Salvador and their journey to the US in the hands of smugglers.

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  • Summer in America

    Sat, 30 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    We’ll hear the gripping tale of two young brothers’ 4,000-mile journey to reunite with their parents in America. And, we’ll find out how a Catholic church in Texas is helping Central American migrants during their first few minutes on US soil. Plus, we’ll meet the man who visited 30 different American mosques in a month, and we’ll ask what he learned during his Ramadan road trip. Also in this edition, we’ll find out what’s behind the magic of a deceptive illusionist named Honesty. We’ll meet a Vietnam veteran fighting to memorialize his lost comrades. And we’ll learn what’s so special about the rum called rhum.

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