Bridge of Stories

Bridge of Stories

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Welcome to Bridge of Stories, the first-ever podcast to live out the United World College mission from the generations of UWC in Mostar; where stories from all over the world are delivered to you. 🌎🌍🌏 We guarantee you, that the headlines from the news 📰 will no longer feel foreign, but personal. Join us every week on Anchor, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, and more. 🎙


What Caused the Protests? Felipe’s Story on Colombia
Oct 17 • 14 min
The Colombian people have been protesting against the corrupt government for years. Since the 2016 peace treaty with the country’s guerrilla group FARC, however, these protests have been focusing on more structural issues, such as the country’s police…
A Fight For Rights: Sophie’s Story on Poland
Oct 10 • 10 min
Recently, Poland has been in the news for attempts to promote anti-LGBTQ+ legislation across the country. From LGBTQ+ free zones to adoption laws to just general homophobia, Poland has been pushing a homophobic agenda. Join us as this weeks guest, Sophie,…
A colourful change in government: Marija’s Story on North Macedonia
Oct 3 • 15 min
In 2016, a protests took the Country of North Macedonia by storm, leading the country to have new elections and the called the colourful revolution, where caused by the intense levels of corruption in the government. This weeks guest, Marija, leads us…
Turmoil in government: Bengi’s Story on Malaysia
Sep 26 • 15 min
Since the 2013 election, where the incumbent Barisan Nasional government lost the majority vote, there has been great political turmoil in Malaysia. This year, the country’s government collapsed, only two years after the 2018 government reform. This…
Between the Government and Big Oil: Lina’s Story on Mauritius
Sep 19 • 17 min
After a Japanese-owned ship tragically ran aground on a Mauritian coral reef in late July, it then began to leak fuel oil and broke apart in mid-August. This ecological disaster was not only an environmental issue, but quickly turned political. Lina from…
Rising protests and Covid-19 Cases: Nina’s Story on Serbia
Sep 12 • 13 min
Protests against the government in Serbia have been increasing steadily in the past couple of years, with the most significant rise occurring in the last three months. Through personal anecdotes, Nina from Serbia helps us understand what exactly people’s…
Bridge of Stories Season 3 Trailer - New Hosts!
Sep 9 • 0 min
Welcome to the third season of the Bridge of Stories Podcast! We are so excited to be your new hosts this year. Stop by every Saturday at 17:00 CET for a new episode. Love from Nick and Bianca, UWCiM ‘21 The first episode will be published on Saturday…
Another migration crisis: Nefeli’s story on Greece
Mar 7 • 20 min
With Turkey opening its borders under the discretion of president Erdogan, Greece is again preparing to face another powerful wave of migration. How has the perception of refugees changes throughout the years in Greece? Who is the one to blame to the fact…
Racism in the 21st Century: Cicely Blain’s Story on Racial Inclusion
Feb 29 • 15 min
Today Bridge of Stories is joined by a very special guest: Cicely Blain, a UWC Maastricht alumna and an expert on racial inclusion. Cicely is also a consultant, whose company aims to promote social justice though diversity and inclusion. How is racism…
Women in Power: Johanna’s Story on Finland
Feb 22 • 19 min
The elections in Finland have become a symbol for the empowerment of women in the recent years. The country elected Sanna Marin: youngest-ever Prime Minister of Finland, who has put all her efforts to fight for gender equality. What factors led to such…
Pioneers in Sustainability: David’s Story on Zayed Sustainability Prize
Feb 15 • 20 min
The United World College in Mostar was awarded one of the most prestigious sustainability awards that will allow for a construction of one of the first environmentally conscious buildings in the city of Mostar. Today we are joined by David who explains to…
Humans, not Viruses: Xin’s Story on China
Feb 8 • 17 min
The outbreak of the coronavirus in China has sparked fear, anxiety, and controversies. The virus is spreading rapidly and the number of fatalities has surged during the past few days, including the death of the first American citizen in Wuhan. How is life…
Segregated by Textbooks: Andrej’s Story on Bosnia and Herzegovina
Feb 1 • 24 min
Bosnia and Herzegovina, after the 1992-1995 war, has been living under the shadow of segregation. How does that play out in the education system? How did the future of this country - its youths - involve themselves in changing the status quo? Listen to…
More Than a Migrant: Fernanda’s story on Latin America
Dec 14, 2019 • 17 min
Migration in Latin America has been disastrous in its effects in the past couple years. Today Bridge of Stories is joined by a very special guest - Fernanda, who decided to contribute to spreading the awareness about this issue. Her project “More than a…
How a Natural Disaster Became a Unifying Force: Kenin’s Story on Albania
Dec 7, 2019 • 13 min
6.4 magnitude earthquake shocked Albania last week, being the strongest one in the past 40 years. Subsequently, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Mostar itself, where Bridge of Stories Podcast is recorded, felt a 5.2 magnitude earthquake on the same day. Albania…
The National Problem of Homelessness: Erin Rose’s story on the U.S.
Nov 30, 2019 • 17 min
Homelessness in the United States is a prevalent yet rarely discussed topic. Our today’s guest is Erin Rose Johnson has been engaged in volunteer work related to this issue for years. What lead to the escalation of the homelessness problem to such a…
Why is the Bolivian President Forced to Seek Asylum in Mexico: Rodney’s story on Bolivia
Nov 23, 2019 • 27 min
In the recent weeks Bolivia has been going through a difficult political turmoil. Protesters went on the streets forcing the president Evo Morales to step down and seek asylum in Mexico after the controversies regarding the presidential election process…
Part-time Citizens, Part-time Politicians: Mido’s Story on Iraqi Kurdistan
Nov 16, 2019 • 20 min
The Kurdish people, an ethnic group native to mountains, have struggled for more than a century to pursue independence. Currently dispersed among Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq, Kurdish people face confrontations for their independence in new ways. What…
How Whatsapp Tax Spurred Millions to Flood the Lebanese Streets: Rosette’s Story on Lebanon
Nov 9, 2019 • 17 min
The 2019 Lebanese protests are a series of country-wide, non-sectarian protests. Some claim that the primary trigger to the protests were not only the government’s planned taxes on gasoline, tobacco but ridiculously online phone calls such as through…
Catalonia’s Turbulent Road to Independence: Pablo’s Story on Spain
Nov 2, 2019 • 22 min
The protests in Catalonia to seek for independence has been continuing for weeks. Ever since the results from the referendum for independence came out, the region has never been in peace. Why are protests spurring? What are the causes of such massive…
Why is Populism On the Rise: Tobia’s Story on Italy
Oct 26, 2019 • 30 min
As Matteo Salvini joins far-right protests outside Italy’s parliament, he plans a series of rallies in the run-up to key regional elections in Umbria on October 27. What is going on in the “failed” democracy in Italy and why is populism on the rise? Does…
Winning Hearts and Minds, but Not the Election: Saskia’s Story on Canada
Oct 19, 2019 • 19 min
ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT until the 2019 Canadian federal elections! With the overflow of news about Justin Trudeau’s blackface incident, the question of whether he will be able to hold onto power again has been raised. Today, Saskia from Canada joins us today to…
Learning, Earning, Giving Back: Shelby and Gale Davis’s Story on the UWC Movement
Oct 12, 2019 • 13 min
Shelby Davis is UWC’s greatest philanthropic supporter. Over the course of the last two decades, Shelby has invested in the UWC movement and its students through initiatives including the Davis-UWC Scholars Program, providing need-based university…
Who Will Take Over the White House: Jed’s Story on the U.S.
Oct 5, 2019 • 30 min
Heated discussions on the whistle-blower incident, busing arguments, past events around the candidates that are running for the November 2020 elections are taking place RIGHT NOW in the U.S. Find out what Jed’s views on the elections are from his stories!…
Living your Life Better: Professor Robert Bor’s Story on Mental Health
Sep 28, 2019 • 19 min
Dr. Robert Bor visited UWC in Mostar to give an insightful lecture on mental health and its implications in everyone’s everyday lives. He is an author of more than 30 books and 200 academic papers, and a clinical psychologist, executive coach, therapist,…
Divergent Education, Convergent Visions: Dr. Pilvi Torsti’s Story on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, and beyond
Sep 21, 2019 • 21 min
Dr. Torsti is Chair of the Foundation Education in Action and one of the founders of the United World College school in Bosnia and Herzegovina — we are delighted to publish her episode on the very special UWC day! She has tremendous work in the fields of…
First-ever Pride Parade in Sarajevo: Zoe’s Story on Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sep 14, 2019 • 16 min
The first-ever pride parade that took place last Sunday in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has garnered attention all over the world. What did this mean to the future of Bosnia’s LGBTQ+ community? Find out from Zoe, who was a participant…
The Dilemma of Brexit: Joseph’s Story on the U.K.
Sep 7, 2019 • 28 min
Brexit has caused 2 Prime Ministers of the UK to resign, an international wave of attention, and a lot of chaos just over the last 72 hours. Joined with us today is Joseph from Cambridge, who is well informed about the situation. Are you curious about…
The Intruded Indigenous Culture of Hñähñu: Our Story on Mexico
Aug 31, 2019 • 37 min
The Bridge of Stories Podcast hosts traveled to Hidalgo, Mexico this summer, worked with Supreme Council fo Hñahñu on the project of investigating indigenous people’s role. We extensively learned about how policies such as NAFTA boosts agriculture…
Why is the World Concerned about Turkey?: Lin’s Story on Turkey
Jun 15, 2019 • 18 min
Turkey has been going through a number of political turmoil in the recent months, and years. Being involved in the Middle East, American’s, and other region’s sphere of interests, the Turkish people have experienced numerous changes in their daily lives,…
A War Childhood: Ilvana’s Story on Bosnia & Herzegovina
Jun 8, 2019 • 17 min
Having lived through one of the most brutal wars in human history, Ilvana was only a primary-school kid when the Bosnian War of 1992 erupted in her hometown, Mostar. Being forced to move another country and start and new life, what does she have to say…
The First-ever Person to Bike the Silk Road: Jerry’s Stories
Jun 1, 2019 • 18 min
The Silk Road Biking Trip is a group of four UWC students cycling through 9 countries to learn peoples’ stories and dreams to help break stereotypes about the Middle East and Central Asia. Today, Jerry is here to tell you all the stories he reminisces…
Not My President: Luiza’s Story on Brazil
May 25, 2019 • 15 min
Elected only a few months ago, Jair Bolsonaro is known for his right-wing policies and conservatism. Protests and voices of discord continuously spread through not only Brazil, but also the entire world. Find out more about this controversial figure and…
What does War Mean to Syria?: Engy’s Story on Syria
May 18, 2019 • 16 min
Growing up in wartime Syria - what would that look like? This time, Bridge of Stories interviews an 18-year-old that grew up in Homs, Syria, a city that was devastated on a large scale during the Siege of Homs throughout the Syrian Civil War. Is there…
Why is Norway So Rich?: Alfred’s Story on Norway
May 11, 2019 • 12 min
Known by its affluence, Norway is a country that has been economically and socially stable for long periods of time. What exactly is their secret and what are its implications? Find out by listening to Alfred from Norway to tell his stories. It’s never…
Is China Buying Africa?: Kaleb’s Story on Ethiopia
May 4, 2019 • 12 min
As China expands its sphere of influence, Ethiopia is one of their targets for its economic investment. How does life look like in Ethiopia? Get a personal insight from Kaleb to hear about his stories on Ethiopia. It’s never too late to start educating…
The Bitter Legacy of World War II: Thomas’s Story on Austria
Apr 27, 2019 • 15 min
Still shadowed by the past, Austria is a country where the remembrance of the events of World War II continuously affect many fields of the Austrians’ everyday lives. Thomas from Austria delivers his own experiences as an Austrian from his own…
A 20th Century Dictatorship in the 21st Century: Alejandro’s Story on Venezuela
Apr 20, 2019 • 19 min
Staying in the Latin America continent, we bring you to Venezuela, where an ongoing political turmoil takes place. Listen to Alejandro from Venezuela, where he gives you a personal insight into how does the almost 800% inflation rate affects a normal…
From Bullets to Ballots: Marcela’s Story on Colombia
Apr 13, 2019 • 15 min
Today we bring you all the way to the Latin America continent, where the long-standing issue of FARC is still troubling its government and citizens. Marcela from Colombia gives you a personal insight into this very contemporary conflict and her stories…
Bridge of Stories: Trailer
Apr 10, 2019 • 1 min
The Bridge of Stories is a new global affair podcast, published every weekend by Antek and Michelle, providing you with unique perspectives on issues of great importance in the world we live in. In today’s world, the ability to make sense from what you…