48 EpisodesProduced by ECA Collaboratory

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,… read more

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The Ambassador's First Job (with Daniel Mulhall)

July 19th, 2019


As Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall lives and breathes an international lifestyle within an elite group.  But it wasn’t …

Doing What Needs to be Done (Bonus)

July 15th, 2019


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 …

Picturing Coffee Farmers and Refugees (with Tim McDonnell)

July 12th, 2019


How better to document local environmental changes than by handing out cameras to local coffee farmers in Uganda?  Photographer Tim McDonnell ended …

The Barefoot Route of Rūta (with Rūta Beinoriūtė)

July 5th, 2019


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 …

The Romanian Stairmaster (Bonus)

July 1st, 2019


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 …

On a Quest for Duende (with Carla Canales)

June 28th, 2019


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 …

The Food We Eat, Part 6 (Bonus)

June 24th, 2019


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)

June 21st, 2019


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 …

Father-Daughter Exchange (Bonus)

June 16th, 2019


A special bonus episode for Father’s Day.  15-year-old Meenu Bhooshanan describes her life-changing experience, learning Arabic in Jordan, halfway …

Between Us, Bread and Salt (with Tony Tahhan)

June 14th, 2019


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 …

If They Could See Me Now (Bonus)

June 10th, 2019


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 …

Blind Stories (with Marcos Lima)

June 7th, 2019


A blind soccer player and snow skier talks about living life without limits.

You Can Always Count on Music (with Harpeth Rising)

May 31st, 2019


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 …

The Food We Eat, Part 5 (Bonus)

May 27th, 2019


Our monthly food episode will have you laughing and drooling.

What Would Princess Diana Do? (with Janet Steele)

May 24th, 2019


Sometimes opportunities present themselves in mysterious ways.  When many expats evacuated during a time of political turmoil in Indonesia, this …

View From the Treetops (with Kevin McLean)

May 17th, 2019


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 …

Bring Your Own Guinea Pig (Bonus)

May 13th, 2019


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 10th, 2019


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 …

Observing Ramadan (Bonus)

May 5th, 2019


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 3rd, 2019


From the deserts of Jordan to the pine forests of Washington State, everything in America should have seemed radically different to this one high …

The Food We Eat, Part 4 (Bonus)

April 29th, 2019


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)

April 26th, 2019


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 …

Who You Are, Not What You Do (with Carlin Daharsh)

April 19th, 2019


She was a perfectionist, successful and with her future mapped out. But traveling alone in Ecuador proved full of unexpected challenges—not least of …

Onstage with the Entire Globe (Bonus)

April 15th, 2019


Please enjoy our 6th bonus episode of the year: an interview with Dr. Bernadett Szél, a Hungarian economist, politician, and member of the National …

Curing Homesickness in a Hurricane (with Salma Oubkkou)

April 12th, 2019


Based in South Carolina to teach Arabic to American university students, Salma Oubkkou found herself in the path of a major hurricane—and completely …

Bollywood Without Subtitles (with Luke Tyson)

April 5th, 2019


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 …

Seasoned by an American (with Lenny Russo)

March 29th, 2019


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 …

The Food We Eat, Part 3 (Bonus)

March 25th, 2019


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)

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

Seeing It, Striving to Be It

March 15th, 2019


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 …

Getting the Picture (Bonus)

March 11th, 2019


Ever wonder how an iconic image comes to be?  In this bonus episode, American cowboy, writer, photographer Ryan Bell talks about the challenge of …

Born Again Cowboy on the Steppe (with Ryan T. Bell)

March 8th, 2019


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 …

Crusader in a Conflict Zone (with Fatima Askira)

March 1st, 2019


Tired of watching women and girls targeted, kidnapped, and killed in a region of Nigeria controlled by Boko Haram terrorists, Fatima Askira has …

The Food We Eat, Part 2 (Bonus)

February 25th, 2019


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)

February 22nd, 2019


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 …

Pop Stars and Marriage Proposals (with Amanda Trabulsi)

February 15th, 2019


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 …

Learning to Say Love in Bengali (Bonus)

February 13th, 2019


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 …

It Starts When It Ends (with Seth Glier)

February 8th, 2019


Musician Seth Glier traveled to Mongolia, China & Ukraine, connecting with foreign artists and audiences, learning to appreciate new cultural …

Call Me Teacher (with Will Langford)

February 1st, 2019


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 …

The Food We Eat (Bonus)

January 30th, 2019


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)

January 28th, 2019


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 …

Practice, Practice, Practice (with Grace Benton)

January 28th, 2019


Because she was required to do a project during her exchange program in Jordan, Grace Benton volunteered to teach English to Sudanese refugees.  What …

The ABC Song in St. Petersburg (with Eric Swinn)

January 28th, 2019


Eric Swinn found himself in St. Petersburg, Russia, tasked with teaching English to marginalized students who sometimes didn’t even speak Russian. …

Dignity for the Disabled (with Xatyswa Maqashalala)

January 25th, 2019


Xatyswa Maqashalala tells her life story, how a tragic misdiagnosis in her youth, combined with poor health care, led to her permanent disability—and …

Captain Courageous (with Husham Al-Thahabi)

January 25th, 2019


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 …

Don’t Stop, Keep Moving (with Joanna Lohman)

January 25th, 2019


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 …

Sneak preview of the first four episodes of 22.33.

November 30th, 2018


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.

November 5th, 2018


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 …

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