Foreign Exchange

Foreign Exchange is a weekly showcase of Rochester's international, multi-cultural communities. We cover current community events, showcase music, cuisine, and destinations of a different region every week, and host guests for our community connection interview and silly international trivia.

The show started as a four-host extravaganza and has evolved to be co-hosted by Nisha and Maria, who connected at a TED event in Rochester.

Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter @ForEx_WAYO! We are always looking for guests. If you have traveled, worked, were born in, have parents from, have visited, or have studied in or simply studied a place other than the continental US, we would love to hear your perspective! Please get in touch.

Past Episodes

  • June 18, 2018 — Anne talks about the Peace Corps Aired: Monday, June 18, 2018

    We chat with Anne Tatarsky about her interest in the Spanish language, her study abroad in Mexico, and her service as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

  • March 26, 2018 — Sarah and Vera talk about Jewish life Aired: Monday, March 26, 2018

    Vera and Sarah talk about their connections to the Jewish community in Rochester and the ways they've been engaged with Jewish life as a childhood immigrant to and a native of the area, respectively.

  • March 19, 2018 — Green Light Driving Together Campaign Aired: Monday, March 19, 2018

    We talk to Marcos and Sara about the goals of the local migrant worker community, including the campaign for driver's licenses, Green Light — Driving Together.
    Find more information about the organizations mentioned in the program at the following URLs:

  • March 5, 2018 – Monica talks about Mexico Aired: Monday, March 5, 2018

    We chat with Mexico about her life in Mexico City, perception of Mexico in the US, her favorite places to go, and Mexican dishes.

  • February 26, 2018 – Irene from Puerto Ricans United Aired: Monday, February 26, 2018

    We talk to Irene Sánchez from Puertorriqueños Unidos about the work her organization is doing to help Puerto Ricans arriving in Rochester after Hurricane Maria. Learn about two upcoming events — a job readiness training and a job fair that will match recent arrivals to jobs in Rochester. Prospective participants and volunteers can find more information at

  • January 15, 2018 — Linguistic Relativity Aired: Monday, January 15, 2018

    Phil and Maria talk about how the languages we speak affect the way we see the world.

  • January 1, 2018 — International Cinema Aired: Monday, January 1, 2018

    Phil and Maria talk about the popularity (or lack thereof) of international cinema in the US and what international movies have made a lasting impression on them.

  • December 25, 2017- Global Holiday Music Aired: Monday, December 25, 2017
    We bring you a playlist of holiday music from around the world on Christmas Day. Featuring songs from Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.
  • December 18, 2017 — International Cooking Aired: Monday, December 18, 2017

    Nisha and Maria talk about the challenges of making international food in Rochester.

  • December 11, 2017 - English-Centrism in Software and Online Aired: Monday, December 11, 2017

    Maria and Phil examine the Anglocentrism in software and online, including chararacter limits on Twitter, character sets not adapted to displaying special characters, and poor writing resulting from code that does not accommodate non-English grammar.

    Corrections: A character is represented by a sequence of bits, not bytes. Lyapis Trubetskoy is a Belorussian, not Russian, band.