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 27, 2017 - Time zones Aired: Monday, November 27, 2017

    Phil and Maria talk about the implications of working, communicating, and traveling across multiple time zones.

  • November 13, 2017 - New Americans Aired: Monday, November 13, 2017

    Maria and Phil talk about the implications of a person born abroad becoming American, including people living in the US long-term on what's considered a non-immigrant visa and perceptions of foreign-born American residents when traveling the world.

  • November 6, 2017 - Finances on the Road Aired: Monday, November 6, 2017

    We chat with Heather and Ross from the Sound of Tomorrow show about all sorts of money mishaps on the road — from non-working credit cards to weird payment methods.

  • October 30, 2017 - Work in the US and Around the World Aired: Monday, October 30, 2017

    We talk to Ryan from the Punching Out show about the peculiarities of US labor laws and attitudes. Support our shows by donating at

  • October 23, 2017 - No Labels, Included Crew Talks About Americans Traveling Abroad Aired: Monday, October 23, 2017

    We are joined by Irene and Jerri Ann of a fellow WAYO show No Labels, Included to discuss who in the US tends to reap the benefits of international travel and why.

  • October 9, 2017 - Costa Rica Aired: Monday, October 9, 2017

    We talk to Phil, Zahava, and Quinton, who have, at different times, lived in Heredia, Costa Rica.

  • October 2, 2017 - Cuba Aired: Monday, October 2, 2017

    We talk to Jose, who hails from Santiago, Cuba, about his home country and his experiences as a medical professional in Cuba and the US.
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  • World Music Playlist (Fall)- September 25, 2017 Aired: Monday, September 25, 2017

    Our latest episode features music from around the world including electronic, folk and EDM. The songs were especially chosen as Foreign Exchanges initial installment for a playlist to listen to during Fall 2017

  • September 11, 2017 - Fringe Festival Aired: Monday, September 11, 2017

    We talk to two participants of this year's Rochester Fringe Festival — Penny Sterling and David Reese.

  • August 28, 2017 - Carlos Aired: Monday, August 28, 2017

    We talk to Carlos, who was born in Puerto Rico in a family of Chinese parents and came to Rochester to study, about Puerto Rican music, the Latinos in Rochester, and the success of Despacito.