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

  • December 11, 2017 - English-Centrism in Software and Online Aired: Monday, December 11, 2017

    Maria and Phil examine the Anglocentrism in software and online, including chararacter limits on Twitter, character sets not adapted to displaying special characters, and poor writing resulting from code that does not accommodate non-English grammar.

    Corrections: A character is represented by a sequence of bits, not bytes. Lyapis Trubetskoy is a Belorussian, not Russian, band.

  • December 4, 2017 - Naturalized Citizens (Some Less Equal Than Others?) Aired: Monday, December 4, 2017

    Maria and Phil discuss the limitations faced by people living in the US long-term but lacking the native born citizen status. These include people on student/worker visas and naturalized citizens.

  • 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.
    This episode aired on WAYO-LP Rochester 104.3 FM (

  • 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