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

  • March 7, 2016 - Brazil Aired: Monday, March 7, 2016

    We talk to Lara from Brazil, discuss the slums depicted in the film City of God, and look at Rio de Janeiro from a branding perspective. We also play Brazilian classics and contemporary rock and do our best to answer trivia questions.

  • February 29, 2016- Pakistan Aired: Monday, February 29, 2016

    Our episode focuses on Pakistan and is full of fun trivia. Tune in to hear more about the oldest civilization on earth to attractive truck art. We get an insiders perspective on modern day-life in Pakistan from our guest Umer Usman, and learn about soulful musical collaborations coming out of the country. This episode aired on WAYO-LP 104.3 FM in Rochester, NY.

  • February 22, 2016 - Korea Aired: Monday, February 22, 2016

    We speak with Dalim about Korean food, dating customs, and places to find a Korean community in Rochester. Trivia, music, and local events are also part of the show.

  • February 15, 2016- Puerto Rico Aired: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    In this episode, we explore the commonwealth of Puerto Rico through some fun trivia and fascinating local events that all include our beloved British Secret Service Agent, Bond! We also take a more in depth look into the island through a travel feature and by speaking with our guest, Berlin who grew up there. As always we feature music from the highlighted destination. Enjoy!

  • February 8, 2016 - Uganda Aired: Monday, February 8, 2016

    We talk to Irene and her father Edward about his native country Uganda. Learn about border taxis, Ugandan English, and break dancing. We feature three songs from Uganda, too!

  • February 1, 2016 - Taiwan Aired: Monday, February 1, 2016

    We start our episode on Taiwan with our usual trivia bit. Our guest Emma talks about the languages of Taiwan, the recent elections, and Taiwanese communities in Rochester. We finish with local event highlights.

  • January 25, 2016 - Ecuador Aired: Monday, January 25, 2016

    We learn about life in Ecuador and chat with Paola about the diversity and environmental efforts there. We also touch upon the issues facing migrant workers in the Rochester area and opportunities for people looking to get involved in the Latino/Hispanic community. As always, we feature music from the country covered.

  • January 18, 2016 - Egypt Aired: Monday, January 18, 2016

    We talk to Cindy from Egypt about social media in Egypt, Arabic dialects, Coptic delicacies, and the legacy of Ancient Egypt.

  • January 11, 2016 - Iran Aired: Monday, January 11, 2016

    For our episode on Iran, we welcome two guests -- Masoud and Mehraneh, who share their perspective. We discuss the lesser-covered facets of Iran, such as high enrollment rates for women, ethnic diversity, and the Persian language and its "relatives" in the region. Listen to find out what elective procedure is more popular in Iran per capita than anywhere in the world. Finally, we feature epicurean Persian poetry with Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat (Quatrains).

  • January 4, 2016 - Syria Aired: Monday, January 4, 2016

    We speak with Aboude from Syria about life in that country, Syrian identity, the legacy of multiple occupations, and Syrian drama. We feature Syrian pop, rock, and hip-hop.