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

  • 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?

  • February 27, 2017- Staying Healthy while Traveling Aired: Monday, February 27, 2017

    Maria & Nisha shares stories and tips about staying healthy while travelling.


  • February 20, 2017 - Best of Asia Interviews, vol. 1 Aired: Monday, February 20, 2017

    A re-run of our past interviews with Emma from Taiwan, Dolly from Korea, and Emily from China.

  • February 13, 2017 - Billy Aired: Monday, February 13, 2017

    We talk to Billy, who was born in Congo but grew up as a refugee in Kenya.

  • February 6, 2017 - Olivia Kim talks about Italy Aired: Monday, February 6, 2017

    We talk to Olivia Kim, an American artist who studied in Italy.
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  • January 30, 2017 - Executive Order on Travel Ban Aired: Monday, January 30, 2017

    Nisha, Maria, Phil, and Adham discuss the executive order banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries and how to combat ignorance among the native-born.