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

  • November 12, 2018—Moving to Rochester Aired: Monday, November 12, 2018

    Vera, Phil, and Maria think back to the time they (separately) moved to Rochester. We take questions from the audience, too!

  • November 5, 2018 - Meeta Aired: Monday, November 5, 2018

    Meeta Chaturvedi talks about Indian culture and cuisine

  • October 29, 2018—Should We Keep Saying "We Are All Immigrants"? Aired: Monday, October 29, 2018

    In this episode, Vera, Nisha, Maria, and Phil discuss the good intentions behind the phrase "We are all immigrants" and why it may not always promote true equity.

  • October 22, 2018 - Carla talks about Brazil Aired: Monday, October 22, 2018

    We talk to Carla about her time in Salvador, Bahia, about carnival traditions in her home state in Brazil, and about her move to Rochester.

  • October 15, 2018—Representation Among Faculty Aired: Monday, October 15, 2018

    We talk to the hosts of No Labels, Included—Irene and Jerri Ann—on why teacher diversity matters.

  • New York State candidate Jeremy Cooney Aired: Monday, October 8, 2018

    Jeremy Cooney joins Nisha, Maria and Vera to talk about his cultural background and political campaign.

  • Interview with Anton W. Yun Aired: Monday, September 10, 2018

    Nisha, Maria, Phil and Vera chat with Anton W. Yun, a local enterpreneur, about his experiences living in South Korea, Russia and the United States.

  • Nisha's parents talk about Kerala Aired: Monday, September 3, 2018

    Nisha's Parents, Jose and Jolly Murickan, join us to talk about their home in Kerala, India.

  • August 20, 2018—Interpreting Aired: Monday, August 20, 2018

    Vera, Nisha, and Maria share their experiences of informal interpreting for their families and the challenges they've encountered along the way. Phil and Maria talk about professional interpreters' ethics and why they sometimes clash with what most people are used to with informal interpreting.

    Also see our previous episode on language justice:


  • July 23, 2018 — Accents Aired: Monday, July 23, 2018

    Maria, Vera, and Phil discuss the privileges conferred on people whose manner of speaking is considered "native," "standard," or "prestigious."

    The sources discussed in this episode are: