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

  • May 16, 2016 - Music Retrospective Aired: Monday, May 16, 2016

    Drea looks back on some of the tracks we played -- or didn't get to play -- on the show so far.

  • May 9, 2016- Bangladesh Aired: Monday, May 9, 2016

    We talk with Ferdous Zannat about all things Bangladesh. From their unique set of seasons to mouth-watering sweets, Bangladesh is a country rich with a unique history and culture. A still young democracy, we discuss developmental issues and challenges the country faces, especially in regards to women's health. As always we feature musical tracks from the region.

  • May 02, 2016- Study Abroad Aired: Monday, May 2, 2016

    In this episode, the Foreign Exchange team discusses each of their experiences studying abroad for a period of time. From Prague, Krakow, Hyderabad to rural Pennsylvania- we explore our impressions, challenges and transformations. As always we feature music from each of the destinations featured on the show.

  • April 25, 2016- Trinidad & Tobago + UK Aired: Monday, April 25, 2016

    In this episode we talk to Garvin about growing up in Trinidad, UK and USA. We dive into Trinidadian cuisine, influences and language. As always we feature music from the countries featured.

  • April 18, 2016 - Language Access Aired: Monday, April 18, 2016

    We talk to Paola Betchart from the Center for Worker Justice of New York and Philip Mogavero from the University of Rochester Medical Center Interpreter Services about the necessity of adequate language access for limited-English-proficient people in the US, the legal framework to grant that access, and the challenges along the way. We also share personal stories of when limited language access prevented us from fully participating in high-stakes medical interactions.

  • April 11, 2016 - Myanmar Aired: Monday, April 11, 2016

    We talk to Fam from Myanmar about the differences between the names Burma and Myanmar, the democratic changes in the country, the role of social networks, and Myanmar communities in the Rochester area.

  • April 4, 2016 - Chile Aired: Monday, April 4, 2016

    We talk to Sergio from Chile about what sets Chile apart from the rest of Latin America, the economic divide and social improvements, his hometown of Santiago, and Pablo Neruda.

  • March 28, 2016- India Aired: Monday, March 28, 2016

    We immerse ourselves in India in this episode. Learn fun facts about the world largest democracy, yoga and Indian fashion. Join us as we talk with Tanvi Asher and hear about her experience of growing up in India & the Middle East and how she finds order in the chaos that's India. We also feature musical tracks from the Indian diaspora.

  • March 21, 2016 - Mexico Aired: Monday, March 21, 2016

    We talk about Mexican-Americans, Latino organizations at the University of Rochester, the vacation paradise of Cuernavaca, and random trivia bits in our episode about Mexico.

  • March 14, 2016- China Aired: Monday, March 14, 2016

    Our episode on China focuses on a range of diverse topics from the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world to calligraphy. Tune in to hear how the Chinese have innovated traffic jams and join us as we talk to our special guest, Emily to hear more about Chinese culture. As always, we accompany our different sections with musical tracks ranging from pop to rock from China.