The world is filled with unique perspectives, wondrous stories and brilliant people from all walks of life. These same individuals mold our lives, shape our characters and help us grow into the people we are today.
On this Podcast of the Week, we’re featuring 22.33, a podcast that shares amazing international stories about different communities, shared experiences and cultural exchange. We get first-person stories from Mexico, South Africa, Syria, Ukraine, India, Kenya, the United States, and other places around the world.
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Episodes from 22.33:
- Picturing Coffee Farmers and Refugees (with Tim McDonnell)
- The Barefoot Route of Ruta (with Ruta Beinoriute)
- The Romanian Stairmaster (Bonus)
- On a Quest for Duende (with Carla Canales)
“When people take the risk to investigate different cultures and foreign places, the results are transformative,” said Edward Stewart, Strategic Program Designer at the U.S. Department of State. “Since we in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) are in the business of international exchanges, we have a front row seat to these stories of transformation.”
22.33 is a weekly podcast delivering stories about people around the globe “finding their way in new surroundings.” Each tale comes from American and Foreign Exchange Program alumni, a program put on by the United States Department of State. These first-hand anecdotes explore real-life stories from real men and women experiencing new and different cultures.
“We only do in-person interviews because we are serious about forming a connection with our interviewees,” said Stewart
Each episode gives the interviewed storyteller a chance to recap their personal experience with listeners and offer insights and wisdoms he or she has learned.
22.33 is published by the members of the ECA program and produced by the Collaboratory.
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The title for 22.33 comes from Title 22, Chapter 33 of the U.S. Code, the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Program signed into law by President Kennedy.
What we love about this podcast is that each episode leaves listeners with a lasting moral. Whether aiming to teach lessons about courage, connectivity or empathy, listeners can always expect to leave each episode inspired.
In one of their episodes, we follow the story of Meenu, a 15-year-old exchange student from Washington University in St. Louis visiting Jordan. Jordan is a little country squished between Syria, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. She recaps what she claims is her six-week transformation from being home-sick to becoming acclimated and not wanting to leave Jordan.
This story also gives the perspective of Meenu’s father, Sri. We see why Sri encouraged Meenu to study abroad and what it was like being thousands of miles away from his daughter for six weeks.
Like Meenu’s recount, stories told on 22.33 broaden our worldview and help us learn how to accept and welcome cultural differences. In a world growing smaller each day, learning about other people, how they live, and their cultural upbringing all help us to become more accepting of one another.
22.33 has over 40 episodes, publishing new episodes every Friday. You’ll find bonus episodes drop regularly, so listeners never wait too long in between stories.
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