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

  • 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.

  • June 6, 2016 - Dominican Republic Aired: Monday, June 6, 2016

    We talk about the Dominican Republic, its best-known musical export -- bachata, and various other bits of trivia. Music played during the episode ranges from bachata to merengue to rock in Spanish.

  • May 30, 2016- Musical Influences from 90s Aired: Monday, May 30, 2016

    In this episode, Maria and Nisha are joined by their spouses as they discuss songs from the 90s that made an impact on them. From regional music to international songs, we explore the many dimensions to how we listened to the music from the 90s.

  • May 23, 2016- International Visitors Aired: Monday, May 23, 2016

    We learn about opportunities and organizations available to international visitors to Rochester by speaking with Garrett Jordan from Linkages & Cecelia Johnson from Rochester International Connections. From facilitating cultural interactions to immersive experiences, Rochester and its residents provide a rich experience to our International guests. Tune in hear more from our two guests.

  • May 16, 2016 - Music Retrospective Aired: Monday, May 16, 2016

    Drea looks back on some of the tracks we played -- or didn't get to play -- on the show so far.

  • May 9, 2016- Bangladesh Aired: Monday, May 9, 2016

    We talk with Ferdous Zannat about all things Bangladesh. From their unique set of seasons to mouth-watering sweets, Bangladesh is a country rich with a unique history and culture. A still young democracy, we discuss developmental issues and challenges the country faces, especially in regards to women's health. As always we feature musical tracks from the region.

  • May 02, 2016- Study Abroad Aired: Monday, May 2, 2016

    In this episode, the Foreign Exchange team discusses each of their experiences studying abroad for a period of time. From Prague, Krakow, Hyderabad to rural Pennsylvania- we explore our impressions, challenges and transformations. As always we feature music from each of the destinations featured on the show.

  • April 25, 2016- Trinidad & Tobago + UK Aired: Monday, April 25, 2016

    In this episode we talk to Garvin about growing up in Trinidad, UK and USA. We dive into Trinidadian cuisine, influences and language. As always we feature music from the countries featured.

  • April 18, 2016 - Language Access Aired: Monday, April 18, 2016

    We talk to Paola Betchart from the Center for Worker Justice of New York and Philip Mogavero from the University of Rochester Medical Center Interpreter Services about the necessity of adequate language access for limited-English-proficient people in the US, the legal framework to grant that access, and the challenges along the way. We also share personal stories of when limited language access prevented us from fully participating in high-stakes medical interactions.