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 22, 2017 - Children's stories and songs Aired: Monday, May 22, 2017

    We talk about children's songs, nursery rhymes, cartoons, and other aspects of childhood culture across the globe.

  • May 15, 2017- Venezuela Aired: Monday, May 15, 2017

    We talk to Dan who has roots in Venezuela. 

  • May 8, 2017 - Arturo Aired: Monday, May 8, 2017

    We talk to Arturo, who grew up in the state of Tabasco in the south or Mexico, about his favorite Mexican dishes, how Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico, learning to dance in Latin America, and Spanish speakers in Rochester.

  • May 01, 2017- Taiwan Aired: Monday, May 1, 2017

    Join us as we talk with Jim, I-hsin and, Shang-hao, medical students from Taipei as we discuss their experiences working in medicine in the US as well as Taiwanese food, political activism and popular Taiwanese pop music.

  • April 24, 2017 - Tim talks about Italy Aired: Monday, April 24, 2017

    We host musician and actor Tim Hucks, who talks about the time he spent studying and working in Italy, how he ended up there, learning the language, the town of Florence, and the book he wrote based on his experiences.
    Tim's book The Lights of The Arno is available on Amazon.

  • April 17, 2017 - Aaron Aired: Monday, April 17, 2017

    We speak with Aaron, who grew up speaking Japanese with his family and went on to become a translator of Japanese.

  • April 10, 2017 - Dance Aired: Monday, April 10, 2017

    Nisha and Maria re-unite with past guests Phil and Joel to discuss about the role dance plays in different cultures, from family to dance lessons to social settings.

  • April 3, 2017 - Krakow Aired: Monday, April 3, 2017

    We speak to Jakub about his hometown of Krakow, the history, culture, and cuisine of that city, and his experience as a medical resident in Rochester.

  • March 27, 2017 - Language policy Aired: Monday, March 27, 2017

    We discuss language policy, what constitutes a good language class/education, and the structural inequalities embedded in our perception of language.

  • March 13, 2017 - Assimilation Aired: Monday, March 13, 2017

    Nisha, Maria, and Phil talk about assimilation — is it a virtue, should it only go one way, or are there more equitable alternatives?

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