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 5, 2016 - Libya and more Aired: Monday, September 5, 2016

    We talk to Adham, who hails from Libya and has lived in Italy and Austria, about the advantages of a multicultural upbringing, the connections between Libya and Italy, and his work as a Fulbright fellow and instructor in Rochester.

  • August 29, 2016 - Russian rock music Aired: Monday, August 29, 2016

    Classic rock takes on a whole new meaning if you grew up in Russia. Maria shares some of her picks (no pun intended).

  • August 22, 2016 - Popular music around the world Aired: Monday, August 22, 2016

    Maria and Phil take a look at some music that was popular around the world but not in the US at the turn of the 21st century.

  • August 15, 2016 - Wroclaw, Poland Aired: Monday, August 15, 2016

    Our guest, Kitty Hubbard, returns from her Fulbright Fellowship in Wroclaw, Poland, and shares her insights on her work, arts and culture in Wroclaw, changes since her last visit, and opera in Poland. This show also features traditional Polish music with a modern twist and good ole Chopin.

  • July 25, 2016 - Guatemala Aired: Monday, July 25, 2016

    This episode starts with little-known facts about Guatemala (deadly Christmas celebrations and national birds, among others), followed by an in-depth interview with visitors from the Qachuu Aloom (Mother Earth) Association in Rabinal, Guatemala, and their partners from The Garden's Edge, New Mexico, and the Guatemala Partners at the Gates Presbyterian church.
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  • July 18, 2016- Adventures in Food while traveling on a Budget Aired: Monday, July 18, 2016

    Food costs can take a big bite out of any traveler's budget. How can you save money but still eat well? Join our team as we share stories and tips from travel across the world including South East Asia, Europe and South America. Featuring music from Sweden, Vietnam and UK

  • July 11, 2016- Multiculturalism in the Workplace Aired: Monday, July 11, 2016

    Join us and our special guest, Kyle Macey as we discuss multiculturalism in the workplace. As always, we feature a range of world music

  • June 27, 2016 - Serbia Aired: Monday, June 27, 2016

    We talk to Milan about his native Serbia -- what's it like to be born in a country that does not exist anymore (Yugoslavia)? What are the differences between Serbian and Croatian? What Serbian scientists should Americans know about? Folk Serbian music is featured.

  • June 20, 2016- Peru Aired: Monday, June 20, 2016

    In this episode of Foreign Exchange, we're joined by Stephanie Murickan of Peruvian heritage as she discusses the world of Peruvian cuisine along with her recommendations for places to visit in Peru. Find out about unique new years eves traditions from the country as well as the influences made by various immigrant cultures on Peru.

  • June 13, 2016 - Nigeria Aired: Monday, June 13, 2016

    We talk to Chinedu from Nigeria, answer trivia questions, and listen to some Afrobeat and Juju music!
    Why is there a manatee on the episode icon? Listen to find out.