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 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.

  • April 11, 2016 - Myanmar Aired: Monday, April 11, 2016

    We talk to Fam from Myanmar about the differences between the names Burma and Myanmar, the democratic changes in the country, the role of social networks, and Myanmar communities in the Rochester area.

  • April 4, 2016 - Chile Aired: Monday, April 4, 2016

    We talk to Sergio from Chile about what sets Chile apart from the rest of Latin America, the economic divide and social improvements, his hometown of Santiago, and Pablo Neruda.