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

  • 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.

  • August 21, 2017- Ethiopia Aired: Monday, August 21, 2017

    This episode includes two guests who were raised in Ethiopia and gives us wonderful insights into the dramatic progress Ethiopia has made in the last decade. We also talk about cultural norms unique to Ethiopia, including the whole concept of Ethiopian time, origin of coffee and the roots of Rastafarianism.

  • August 14, 2017 - Phil Talks Language Justice Aired: Monday, August 14, 2017

    Medical interpreter Philip Mogavero looks at the laws surrounding language access in the US and the best practices to comply with these laws.

  • June 19, 2017- India and its Legal Systems Aired: Monday, June 19, 2017

    In this episode, we talk with Vibhav Mithal, an IP lawyer from India about Intellectual Property law and its considerations while also discussing and understanding key differences between the US legal system vs India.

  • June 12- Coping with Loss Aired: Monday, June 12, 2017

    Our show today is a musical tribute to all those who are dealing with the loss of a dear one. Todays show specifically is a tribute towards Ramon- the sassiest, funniest and, most intelligent cat that was a member of Nishas family. He is dearly missed.

  • May 29, 2017 - Sao Paulo Aired: Monday, May 29, 2017

    We talk to Arthur about his hometown of Sao Paulo, the carnival in Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazilian dance and where one can learn it in Rochester, and Brazilian food.
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  • 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.