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

  • October 24, 2016- India Aired: Monday, October 24, 2016

    We talk with Pranesh Das about his roots in Tamil Nadu, India and discuss the phenomena of deifying celebrities in India. We also present Tamil songs in this episode.

  • October 17, 2016 - Russia Aired: Monday, October 17, 2016

    We talk to Jenny from St. Petersburg about her home city, arts and culture in Russia, her favorite writers, and what she misses in Rochester.

  • October 10, 2016 - Israel and Turkey Aired: Monday, October 10, 2016

    We talk to Albert, who was born in France, moved to Israel, and spent most of his life in Turkey. Find out what it's like to find out that the language you speak with your family is different from that spoken in universities, how Turkey can exceed your expectations, and what it's like to adjust to moving between countries.

  • October 03, 2016- Trinidad Aired: Monday, October 3, 2016

    We talk with Paul who has roots in Trinidad about his childhood in Queens and his travels to Trinidad

  • September 26, 2016 - Hong Kong Aired: Monday, September 26, 2016

    We talk to Ken, who spent a part of his childhood in Hong Kong, about the UK-China transition there, the education system, recent protests, and his adjustment to life in the US after moving from Hong Kong.

  • September 19, 2016 - Ethiopia Aired: Monday, September 19, 2016

    We talk to Hawa, whose parents were born in Ethiopia, about her visit to the country and growing up with Ethiopian culture.

  • September 12, 2016 - Logistics of Travel Aired: Monday, September 12, 2016

    We talk to Jim and Mehraneh about the practical side of travel: visa requirements depending on your origin and destination, vaccinations, heath insurance, and baggage wisdom.

  • 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.