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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
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This week is all about gratitude--for the essential workers keeping us safe and for those we are closest to.  From 91-year-old "Granny" in an assisted living facility in Alabama to a little boy obsessed with garbage trucks, to an international super-host.  With original new songs from Grace Jerry and Nelly's Echo. Graphic: Kate Furby / Photographs: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture & Library of Congress
This episode is all about the power of music--to connect people, to break down barriers, to inspire, and to evoke powerful emotions.  This week: musical inspiration from all over the world and original songs by Giselle Felice & Erik Abernathy, Wordsmith, Seth Glier, Stela Botan, Tony Memmel, Just Wade Tam, and more.  Turn this one up loud!
This week it's all about human connection--valuing it, missing it, and finding creative ways to get it.  Stories about discovering a newfound appreciation for little things, feeling empowered and out of control at the same time, and the magical community-building qualities of the Lily of the Valley.  Plus a premiere of Tim McDonnell's song "Stir Crazy." Graphic: Kate Furby 
This week: Getting to know a musician playing backyard quarantine concerts in his Washington, DC neighborhood.  An exclusive new song from Seth Glier.  A massive recommended reading list from all around the globe.  And more quarantine memes... 
Somehow it’s already our fifth installment of Connecting Through Isolation.  How did that happen?  This week: Inspirational and dramatic poems, original music, stories of perseverance, and how people of all faiths can come together around a common theme.  Plus our first installment of "Quarantine Memes" from our colleague Ana-Maria. Graphic: Kate Furby / Photo credit: Alec Favale
With a bit of stir-craziness setting in, this week's stories remind us of the power of art to connect us and transport us, and the surprising power of flour, sugar, and eggs to bake away our isolation.  Have cupcakes ever seemed so profound? This week: stories from India, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Washington, DC, New York City, Virginia and, my home state, Minnesota. From teenagers in Afghanistan to a Parliamentarian in Europe, to an award-winning Midwestern chef. Graphic: Kate Furby
Our third edition of a global conversation that shows how we are all in this together, so we're never alone. Stories this week about balancing the joys of springtime with the difficult realities of self-isolation, the vital importance of science at this moment, and a wonderful story of how the COVID-19 crisis might look through the lens of an almost-two-year-old. Stories from San Diego, CA; Holyoke, MA; Alexandria, VA, Washington, DC; Hideaway, TX; and rural Lithuania. Graphic: Kate Furby / Photo credit: Nynne Schroder
The second edition of our new global conversation. We’re all alone, but we’re all alone together. As we navigate our collective new reality, stories are still coming in from around the world. More and more we see how things we might have taken for granted before, art, music, culture, even our own families, are supporting us through this. This week we offer a small window into others’ lives, stories came in from Bangladesh and Libya, Oklahoma City and Baltimore. No matter where you live, I hope you’re all staying as safe and healthy as you can.
The first of 22.33's special new series "Connecting Through Isolation," featuring self-recorded clips from 22.33 alumni from around the world who, separated though they may be, are together in social distancing.  In this episode, messages from three continents, original songs, and the sense that, even though we are apart, we are all very much together.  
This week's special bonus episode follows Sabrine Chengane, a Fulbright Scholar from Algeria, who, in the course of an exchange to the University of Nebraska to study public health, found herself at the front lines of the first COVID-19 cases in the United States. Her experiences, conducting research for the school's state-of-the-art quarantine facilities as it began admitting infected patients, were profound. Note: This episode was produced before the global COVID-19 pandemic. We have temporarily paused conducting new 22.33 interviews, but will continue to air curated episodes into the foreseeable future.
Nighat Dad's trip from Pakistan to the United States was also your first time on an airplane. This led to some, well, awkward situations.  But ss a lawyer and digital rights activist, she paved the way for thousands of girls in Pakistan, including Malala, by educating them on safe cyber behavior. Through the Cyber Harassment Help Line, the first of its kind in Pakistan, Nighat fights for women's access to technology and promotes women's rights despite numerous challenges and threats. Note: This episode was produced before the global COVID-19 pandemic.  We have temporarily paused conducting new 22.33 interviews, but will continue to air curated episodes into the foreseeable future.
What happens when you leave your comfort zone to move to another country and are forced to interact with a different culture, a new language, and unique ways of life you might not be used to. In this episode, we take a journey from Illinois to India with Benjamin Simington, a Fulbright student researcher who went to Carthage College in Varanasi. His research focused on Kabir, a medieval Indian mystic and poet, and he shares stories of 30 hour train ride through India solo, swimming in the Ganges, and trusting one's heart knowledge.
"Going to school in Soweto township meant that you had a lot of challenges. However, no challenge was greater than the day your math teacher stopped showing up and the students decided one by one that they no longer needed to be in class. So what did you do? You as a student decided to become the teacher. " This week we interview Labang Nong, from South Africa, who started a youth education and tutoring program called Go Maths in 2004. He visited the United States as part of ECA's prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
This week our guest is Chantal Suissa-Runne, editor of Nieuwwij, the largest multimedia platform on diversity and interfaith matters in the Netherlands. She has founded various projects in the field of interfaith dialogue, conflict resolution, social resilience, youth empowerment, refugee support, and the prevention of radicalization. These include several award-winning initiatives, such as the “Getting to Know your Neighbors” initiative, the "Mo & Moos Jewish-Muslim Leadership" project, the "Democracy in the Classroom" teacher training, and the "180amsterdammers.nl" website.
In this week's episode, we bring you an interview with Susie Meyer, a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) from Philadelphia who shares her experiences living and working in Aguascalientes, Mexico as part of her ECA exchange program.
This week, 22.33 brings you a special two-part collaboration with ECA's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Listen to a live recording of interviews with the participants in this year's "Women Heroes of Peace and Security" delegation, including women leaders from South Sudan, Afghanistan, Jordan, Cameroon, Peru, and Libya. Part 2 features Sally Mboumien (Cameroon), Silvia Adrianzen Quintana (Peru), and Hend Elarbi (Libya). Cover art photos courtesy of Miguel Bruna and Nikhita S. on Unsplash.
This week, 22.33 brings you a special two-part collaboration with ECA's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Listen to a live recording of interviews with the participants in this year's "Women Heroes of Peace and Security" delegation, including women leaders from South Sudan, Afghanistan, Jordan, Cameroon, Peru, and Libya. Part 1 features Deborah Awut Mayom (South Sudan), Humaira Saqib (Afghanistan), and Shorouq Shatnawi (Jordan). Cover art photos courtesy of Miguel Bruna and Nikhita S. on Unsplash.
Another tasty selection of crazy food stories from ECA alumni while on their international exchange programs. Enjoy!
This week's episode features Savon Jackson who grew up in the borough of Queens in New York City. Savon traveled to New Delhi and Kolkata, India as part of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs. In honor of Black History Month, he describes how he taught his Indian students about Martin Luther King Jr. and about how India's Mahatma Gandhi served as an important inspiration for MLK and the civil rights movement in the United States.
In this week's episode, we interview a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant from Little Rock, Arkansas who traveled to Brazil and soon found herself becoming part of the Gaucho community, and the centerpiece of their annual parade.
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