22.33

22.33

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Q: What happens when people leave their regular routine and comfort zone and find themselves far from home, in foreign places and cultures unknown to them? A: Life. Changing. Stories. Each week, 22.33 delivers stories of people finding their way in new surroundings. With a combination of travel tales, innovation, empathy, and even survival at times, 22.33 delivers unforgettable first-person stories from people whose lives were changed by international exchange. New episodes are released every Friday, along with regular bonus episodes. For more information please visit: eca.state.gov/2233
Following in My Father’s Footsteps (with Alaa Mahmooud)
Feb 22 • 17 min
When Alaa Mahmooud was 8 years old he saw a picture of his father in front of the U.S. Capital building. He didn’t know what it was at the time, but he knew he wanted to go there someday as well. He did— and his journey to get there— and the path his life…
Pop Stars and Marriage Proposals (with Amanda Trabulsi)
Feb 15 • 20 min
Though she grew up in New York City, Amanda Trabulsi never actually felt like she fit in until she landed in Kyrgyzstan, a faraway place that she knew little about. But then, as she looked like the locals, learned the local language, and taught local pop…
Learning to Say Love in Bengali (Bonus)
Feb 13 • 13 min
A Valentine’s Day bonus: When Collin Walsh went to Bangladesh to learn the Bengali language, he had several goals in mind, including securing his future career. But of much greater concern was learning the language and culture enough to secure the woman…
It Starts When It Ends (with Seth Glier)
Feb 8 • 38 min
Musician Seth Glier traveled to Mongolia, China & Ukraine, connecting with foreign artists and audiences, learning to appreciate new cultural traditions, and learning more about his own country in the process. He performs a couple of songs in our tiny…
Call Me Teacher (with Will Langford)
Feb 1 • 26 min
Will Langford knew that Kenya would be very different than Detroit, but as an African American he never expected to be called a “white man” simply because of his American accent. His memorable enlightenment about race, wealth, and language led others not…
The Food We Eat (Bonus)
Jan 30 • 14 min
22.33’s first monthly mash-up of unique, scary, strange, and sometimes delicious food stories from around the world.
Hope in You, Hope in Me (with Eaint Thiri Thu)
Jan 28 • 37 min
Eaint Thiri Thu never set out to be a human rights activist. She did not like what was happening to minority populations in her country, but it was only when the government pushed to silence her that her anger and stubbornness not to be quieted emerged,…
Practice, Practice, Practice (with Grace Benton)
Jan 28 • 25 min
Because she was required to do a project during her exchange program in Jordan, Grace Benton volunteered to teach English to Sudanese refugees. What started as a lark (and with her literally falling on her face when she first met her students) led to the…
The ABC Song in St. Petersburg (with Eric Swinn)
Jan 28 • 13 min
Eric Swinn found himself in St. Petersburg, Russia, tasked with teaching English to marginalized students who sometimes didn’t even speak Russian. Describing his regular trips from the city center to the end of the metro line in a barely inhabited…
Dignity for the Disabled (with Xatyswa Maqashalala)
Jan 25 • 15 min
Xatyswa Maqashalala tells her life story, how a tragic misdiagnosis in her youth, combined with poor health care, led to her permanent disability—and how difficult it was to be young and disabled in a place without any special accommodations. Yet, as the…
Captain Courageous (with Husham Al-Thahabi)
Jan 25 • 20 min
Husham Al-Thahabi never set out to be a hero. As he saw more and more orphans and homeless people in his community, he took it upon himself to create a center where needy community members would be cared for and trained for careers. As time went on and…
Don’t Stop, Keep Moving (with Joanna Lohman)
Jan 25 • 16 min
American professional soccer player Joanne Lohman recounts a trip to sub-Saharan Africa as a sports envoy only to learn that her team didn’t own shoes, despite the fact that turf was burning hot. With stories about girl-power, toughness, and teamwork,…
Sneak preview of the first four episodes of 22.33.
Nov 30, 2018 • 3 min
Four life-changing stories from around the world about challenges, commitment, isolation, vulnerability, perseverance, and triumphs.
Presenting 22.33, a new podcast coming January 2019.
Nov 5, 2018 • 3 min
Featuring first-person stories of people finding themselves in the middle of a culture that is foreign to them; each week, 22.33 will deliver interesting tales from people who share how they were able to create mutual understanding through cultural…