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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  • Grounded

    Sat, 28 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    26 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:
    19 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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  • Coming to America

    Sat, 14 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    12 days remaining

    We hear the story of Ahmed Al-Jumaili, an Iraqi migrant who was shot dead in the Texas city of Dallas just three weeks after arriving in the United States. And, we examine a US Supreme Court case that considers whether an American citizen has a right to know why her husband has been barred from entering the country. Plus, a story about the Somali-Americans fighting to save their lifeline for sending cash to loved ones back home. Also: we visit the Louisiana radio station that prefers to broadcast ‘en Franglais’. And ‘The Voice’ of South Africa— Vusi Mahlasela— celebrates 20 years of freedom.

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  • Judgment

    Sat, 7 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    We meet Thanaa El-Naggar, a young Muslim woman who penned a viral essay called ‘Practising Islam in Short Shorts’. And, we hear from a fellow Muslim who responds to the essay and urges El-Naggar to stop living a "dual life". Also, how Mexico's 'hints of homophobia' make living there a challenge for one gay man who grew up in the US. The business sector where cheap Chinese imports are failing to have an impact (hint: you’ll need it one day). The mystery surrounding Hart Island, a cemetery where one million New Yorkers are buried in mass graves. And, the story of an American chef who set out to make a better pizza than all of Italy.

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