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


Getting the Picture, Part 2 (Revenge of the Dung Beetles)
Dec 2 • 9 min
Ever wonder how an iconic image comes to be? In this bonus episode, Jen Guyton explains how she got her favorite picture, taken in Mozambique during her Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.
Living on the Set of the Lion King (with Jen Guyton)
Nov 29 • 22 min
Jen, a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, is a photographer and ecologist with a passion for wildlife conservation and communicating nature. She believes that art — whether it’s film, photography, writing, or something else — has…
The Food We Eat, Part 11 (Thanksgiving)
Nov 28 • 16 min
A special Thanksgiving Day installment of crazy food stories features stories from Yemen, Iraq, Ukraine, Morocco, and the Philippines.
Tea in Taxis with Tajiks (with Chane Corp)
Nov 25 • 20 min
From learning to teach on the fly, to learning absolute obedience to Tajik grandmothers, to learning to adapt to ten-hour taxi rides, Chane Corp kept his wits, his sense of humor, and his love of Central Asia.
It’s a Great Day to be Alive (with Ahmad Shaju Jamal)
Nov 22 • 27 min
Ahmad talks about his family and life in Afghanistan, and cultural experiences he noticed as an exchange student in Kentucky.
Berlin Ghosts (Bonus)
Nov 18 • 15 min
Life as a student in Cold War Berlin
Julia Roberts and German Culture (with Julia Follick)
Nov 15 • 16 min
From Oakland, California to Rostock, Germany, Julia Follick remembers her pleasant and also intense conversations with her German students. She also recalls fun cultural activities that opened her perspective on cultural differences.
Paying it Forward (with Aleksandra Gren)
Nov 8 • 29 min
Aleksandra Gren teaches us the importance of mentorship. Chosen among women from women around the world for the elite Fortune Women’s Program, she traveled from Poland to the United States as a mentee. However, her presence was so strong that it wasn’t…
Scenes From the Umbrella Revolution (Bonus)
Nov 4 • 25 min
As a Critical Languages Scholar in Hong Kong, your lessons included not only how to speak Chinese, but how the society worked from the ground up and some of the skills you learned (and applied) back home were learned under a sea of umbrellas.
The Needs of the Living (with Katie Thornton)
Nov 1 • 37 min
Katie Thornton’s quest to look at cemeteries and death rituals has given her a greater appreciation of the kindness and needs of the living. A special All Saints Day episode to listen to in your favorite cemetery.
The Food We Eat, Part 10 (Bonus)
Oct 28 • 18 min
In this installment of food stories, we bring you tales from the United States, India, Portugal, El Salvador, China, and Egypt.
Prison Prayers (with Yasin Dwyer)
Oct 24 • 33 min
Yasin Dwyer visited the United States as part of a group of international leaders learning about American programs that work to support the developmental aspirations of youth. He talks about his time with IVLP, meeting an Uber driver who could speak to…
The Art of Life (Bonus)
Oct 21 • 31 min
From a high school exchange student into a museum expert creating her own high-level exchange, Jane Milosch recounts the path that led to her love of Germany and bringing together some of the top art museums in the world.
Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window (with Andrew Hevia)
Oct 18 • 19 min
Recorded at SXSW the day of his film’s premiere, Oscar-winning film producer and director Andrew Hevia recounts his Fulbright grant in Hong Kong—and how a series of near-failures, bold decisions, and artistic risk-taking led to his amazing debut film.
Bringing Smiles, One Raindrop at a Time (with Biplab Paul)
Oct 11 • 30 min
Coming from an arid part of India, Biplab Paul vividly understood the importance of water. His simple idea about collecting and preserving rainwater—told with passion and humor—has gone on to save countless lives all around the world.
Full Circle at the L.A. Film Festival (Bonus)
Oct 7 • 30 min
A Lebanese student at Loyola Marymont University, Lucien Bourjeily used the experiences that he learned in Los Angeles to create a film that tackles tough subjects about family, culture, and human instinct.
[World Space Week Special] Spaceship Earth: The Ultimate Exchange (with Cady Coleman)
Oct 4 • 42 min
A veteran of three space missions, including a six-month stay on the International Space Station, astronaut Cady Coleman talks about life in space, living in close quarters with people from different parts of the world, and the importance of sharing her…
The Food We Eat, Part 9 (Bonus)
Sep 30 • 25 min
Our ninth installment of crazy food stories features stories from the United States, Syria, the Dominican Republic, Lithuania, India, Colombia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Gems of Wisdom (with Wordsmith)
Sep 27 • 33 min
One of hip hop’s great forces for good, Baltimore native Wordsmith has traveled around the world showing that music inspires in every culture and that, no matter where you travel, if you open your heart and mind, people will embrace you.
Something Good to Think About (with Elsa Nicolovius)
Sep 20 • 24 min
What started as an effort to teach students in her new country (the United States) about life and culture in her old country (Germany) in the 1970’s has now become the longest-running continuous academic exchange between the countries—a program that…
An Ode to Rick Ruth (Bonus)
Sep 16 • 12 min
A bonus episode glimpse into the career of Rick Ruth, Senior Advisor to ECA for many years, and longtime public diplomacy visionary within the U.S. Department of State.
Life Hacks and Ultimate Frisbee (with Kayla Huemer)
Sep 13 • 20 min
When Kayla Huemer traveled to India as a biomedical researcher, she worried about finding a community in the land of contrasts. However, it didn’t take too long for her to find her people, join an ultimate frisbee team, and participate in India’s first…
Lots of Big Talk (Bonus)
Sep 9 • 19 min
On this bonus episode of 22.33, we ask Kalina Silverman, founder of Big Talk, to answer questions from her very own Big Talk card game, designed to help facilitate in-depth conversations with friends, family, coworkers, and strangers. All the questions in…
No More Small Talk (with Kalina Silverman)
Sep 6 • 15 min
When Kalina Silverman went to study journalism at Northwestern University, she was meeting new people each day, yet still felt a sense of loneliness and superficiality that made her feel isolated and disconnected. So, she tried skipping small talk, and…
Learning by Unlearning (with Bilal Khan)
Aug 30 • 36 min
How do you mix heartbreaking and hilarious? Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program participant Bilal Khan, from Karachi, Pakistan, tells about his life before, during, and after YES, and the inescapable conclusion is that stories like Bilal’s are why we…
The Food We Eat, Part 8 (Bonus)
Aug 26 • 16 min
On this bonus episode we bring you even more hilarious food stories from around the world.
Medicine & Poetry (with Irene Mathieu)
Aug 23 • 33 min
This week, understanding systems to help individual people; learning to expand your limits of trust; and using words to understand emotions. Join us on a journey from Virginia to the Dominican Republic, and communicating through imagery and empathy.
Beware of Taxis with Disco Balls (Bonus)
Aug 19 • 16 min
What happens when you leave your comfort zone, travel to another country, interact with a different culture, a new language, and unique ways of life? Now let’s take that a step further. Imagine you are in a place that many would be very afraid to visit,…
Learning From One’s Mistakes (with Nejra Rizvanovic)
Aug 16 • 19 min
As a child, when you thought of America, you thought of the Texas plains and cowboys but, as a teenager, when you first traveled to America, your destination was Alaska. Instead of life in the Wild West, you found yourself in the snow hugging trees,…
Start from the Outside (with Steve Coleman)
Aug 9 • 38 min
The thriving, multicultural neighborhood that you so love wasn’t always that way. When you first arrived, it was a place of fear and violence, and thus sadness. A group of courageous and passionate community leaders, including you, set out to change that.…
50th Episode Special: The Songs of 22.33 (Bonus)
Aug 5 • 49 min
A medley of “Little Nook” concerts and original music heard exclusively over the course of 22.33’s first 49 episodes. Featuring Seth Glier, Carla Canales, Francis Tongpalad, Est Est Est, Begish, Derik Nelson & Family, Tony Memmel & Junious.
The Bottlebots are Coming! (with Melissa Stange)
Aug 2 • 26 min
What started as a great experiment—a virtual exchange between schools in rural Virginia and Amman, Jordan—ended in a heartwarming face-to-face meeting and lifelong friendships. Moreover, together the students created the “Bottlebot,” a patented tool to…
The Food We Eat, Part 7 (Bonus)
Jul 29 • 16 min
Stories this month with flavors from Malaysia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Slovenia and other Balkan countries, India, and the United States.
Who Says You Can’t Be A Boy Band? (with Cheyenne Boyce)
Jul 26 • 39 min
Over the course of programs in Malaysia and Indonesia, Cheyenne finds out how a city girl copes in the jungle, finds herself unexpectedly managing several boy bands, and discovers the grandparents she didn’t know she had.
The Ambassador’s First Job (with Daniel Mulhall)
Jul 19 • 21 min
As Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall lives and breathes an international lifestyle within an elite group. But it wasn’t always this way. In fact, his first international experience came 40 years earlier, in Kansas City, Missouri,…
Doing What Needs to be Done (Bonus)
Jul 15 • 19 min
This is a study in contrasts: A high school student from tropical Ghana sent to the freezing plains of southern Minnesota, the adjustment from a small village school to a giant U.S. high school, and the surreal scene of being a Muslim sent to live with…
Picturing Coffee Farmers and Refugees (with Tim McDonnell)
Jul 12 • 31 min
How better to document local environmental changes than by handing out cameras to local coffee farmers in Uganda? Photographer Tim McDonnell ended up not only getting interesting results, he received back a collection worthy of a gallery show.
The Barefoot Route of Rūta (with Rūta Beinoriūtė)
Jul 5 • 24 min
Lithuanian Rūta Beinoriūtė threw herself into her expat experience in the United States, both professionally and socially, leaving a positive mark on those whose paths she crossed. A dream come true, you say? For sure—at least in the case of one bizarre…
The Romanian Stairmaster (Bonus)
Jul 1 • 16 min
When Stephen Guice took a teaching assignment and moved his large young family to communist Romania he was sure that it would be difficult—especially for the kids—to go without so many of comforts and products they were used to. What he didn’t anticipate…
On a Quest for Duende (with Carla Canales)
Jun 28 • 37 min
This classically-trained opera soprano is used to performing on the world’s largest stages. But as she travels the world sharing her music as an Arts Envoy, she finds the joy shared between diverse people and cultures is more powerful than standing…
The Food We Eat, Part 6 (Bonus)
Jun 24 • 18 min
Listen to these entertaining food stories from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, India, South Africa, and the United States.
Knitting as Coding (with Lindiwe Matlali)
Jun 21 • 32 min
As an orphan raised by her grandfather in rural South Africa, but pushed by her brilliant older brother, Lindiwe Matlali beat the odds and went to the best university in Africa. Now, as the leader of Teen Geeks, she is teaching the next generation to…
Father-Daughter Exchange (Bonus)
Jun 16 • 21 min
A special bonus episode for Father’s Day. 15-year-old Meenu Bhooshanan describes her life-changing experience, learning Arabic in Jordan, halfway across the world from her native Alabama—while her father, Sri, talks about how her journey ended up being…
Between Us, Bread and Salt (with Tony Tahhan)
Jun 14 • 33 min
Meeting across a table to share a meal brings people together like nothing else. In this episode, an American traces his family’s history on a historical food tour through Syria, and in the process discovers a lot about humanity.
If They Could See Me Now (Bonus)
Jun 10 • 26 min
We asked high school exchange students from around the world only one question: “Tell us about a time when you said to yourself, ‘I wish my friends or family back could see me now.’” Their answers will astound you. (Listen to this one with a box of…
Blind Stories (with Marcos Lima)
Jun 7 • 23 min
A blind soccer player and snow skier talks about living life without limits.
You Can Always Count on Music (with Harpeth Rising)
May 31 • 35 min
Coming from different musical traditions, playing instruments unknown to each other, this American music trio and audiences in Cambodia and Singapore came together over the love of the sounds created by strings. And once the common language was unlocked,…
The Food We Eat, Part 5 (Bonus)
May 27 • 18 min
Our monthly food episode will have you laughing and drooling.
What Would Princess Diana Do? (with Janet Steele)
May 24 • 26 min
Sometimes opportunities present themselves in mysterious ways. When many expats evacuated during a time of political turmoil in Indonesia, this Fulbright professor not only stayed, she found herself in the middle of a group of journalists that would help…
View From the Treetops (with Kevin McLean)
May 17 • 24 min
Looking up from the foot of a rainforest is overwhelming. Imagine what the world looks like from way up there. Our storyteller today doesn’t have to. He spends his time in the rainforest canopy, researching and communing with creatures whose entire lives…
Bring Your Own Guinea Pig (Bonus)
May 13 • 20 min
Too cute to eat? Plus, the relationships created and the ethical issues that arise during an excavation at an ancient historical site in Peru.
Strength Through Vulnerability (with Robin Hauser)
May 10 • 26 min
This U.S. filmmaker wasn’t sure how her topical documentaries—one about unconscious bias, another about the gender gap in the tech industry—would play to foreign audiences in dramatically different cultures, but found an even more elemental thread bound…
Observing Ramadan (Bonus)
May 5 • 14 min
What’s it like for Americans living abroad during Ramadan, or international exchange participants in the U.S. during Ramadan? Listen to ECA exchange alumni share their experiences in this bonus episode.
The Answer is Yes (with Ali Makahleh)
May 3 • 18 min
From the deserts of Jordan to the pine forests of Washington State, everything in America should have seemed radically different to this one high school international exchange student. But with his enthusiasm and willingness to try new things, the…
The Food We Eat, Part 4 (Bonus)
Apr 29 • 14 min
22.33’s fourth mash-up of unique, scary, strange, and sometimes delicious food stories from around the world.
Three Deep Breaths (with Derik Nelson & Family)
Apr 26 • 28 min
The talented sibling trio recount their amazement at hearing their own musical compositions performed for them halfway across the world, while on an ambitious tour that constantly underscored how music can bring people closer together. This episode…
Who You Are, Not What You Do (with Carlin Daharsh)
Apr 19 • 25 min
She was a perfectionist, successful and with her future mapped out. But traveling alone in Ecuador proved full of unexpected challenges—not least of which was answering the question about what kind of person she was deep down. The longer she was there,…
Onstage with the Entire Globe (Bonus)
Apr 15 • 17 min
Please enjoy our 6th bonus episode of the year: an interview with Dr. Bernadett Szél, a Hungarian economist, politician, and member of the National Assembly.
Curing Homesickness in a Hurricane (with Salma Oubkkou)
Apr 12 • 24 min
Based in South Carolina to teach Arabic to American university students, Salma Oubkkou found herself in the path of a major hurricane—and completely new weather phenomenon to her. Her experiences, including a full school evacuation, turned out to be a…
Bollywood Without Subtitles (with Luke Tyson)
Apr 5 • 21 min
Wise beyond his years, high school junior Luke Tyson took advantage of a year abroad in India not only to learn Hindi, but to dive deeply into foreign cultural traditions, religion, and the practice of mindfulness—with a little Bollywood thrown in for…
Seasoned by an American (with Lenny Russo)
Mar 29 • 36 min
The concept was simple, Award-winning American chef Lenny Russo would go to a small country he knew little about, meet farmers and food producers and transform their ingredients using traditional American techniques. However, what happened when the…
The Food We Eat, Part 3 (Bonus)
Mar 25 • 15 min
22.33’s monthly mash-up of unique, scary, strange, and sometimes delicious food stories from around the world.
Trash Truck Tunes & Hip Hop Grooves (with Lillygol Sedaghat)
Mar 22 • 35 min
A life-long love of milk tea, lead Lillygol to consider her environmental footprint, leading to a fellowship in Taiwan to study waste management, all the while practicing hip hop diplomacy.
Seeing It, Striving to Be It
Mar 15 • 22 min
As more opportunities for women open up in Saudi Arabia, previously unattainable pursuits become not only possible but essential. This week: Three groundbreaking Saudi women soccer coaches and players, whose love for the sport is benefitting countless…
Getting the Picture (Bonus)
Mar 11 • 11 min
Ever wonder how an iconic image comes to be? In this bonus episode, American cowboy, writer, photographer Ryan Bell talks about the challenge of representing Kazakhstan’s ancient horse culture with a single image, how he managed it, and how many ways it…
Born Again Cowboy on the Steppe (with Ryan T. Bell)
Mar 8 • 46 min
American cowboy Ryan Bell never imagined that he would find himself riding on the steppe, teaching Russians the art of cattle-wrangling, but once he was there it seemed perfectly natural. Later, when he discovered the ancient horse culture in Kazakhstan…
Crusader in a Conflict Zone (with Fatima Askira)
Mar 1 • 33 min
Tired of watching women and girls targeted, kidnapped, and killed in a region of Nigeria controlled by Boko Haram terrorists, Fatima Askira has fearlessly dedicated her life to creating opportunities to educate, train, and empower the females in her…
The Food We Eat, Part 2 (Bonus)
Feb 25 • 16 min
22.33’s second mash-up of unique, scary, strange, and sometimes delicious food stories from around the world.
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…