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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

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

Location:

United States

Description:

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

Twitter:

@ECAatState

Language:

English

Contact:

+1-202-632-6000


Episodes

Life Between Worlds - Michael Littig

7/10/2020
Stories that have to be heard to be believed. Living and studying with shaman in Mongolia. This week, entrepreneur, investor, theater artist, and co-founder of Zuckerberg Institute Michael Littig recounts the transcendent and life-changing lessons he learned as a Fulbright Scholar on the other side of the world. Photo: Patrick Schneider / Graphic: Kate Furby

Duration:00:29:06

Random Identity (Christiana Botic)

7/3/2020
On a fellowship in the Balkans to research the concept of identity, Christiana Botic discovers her family background is much more complicated than she thought, leading to a journey over many borders and an inescapable realization about how people see themselves.

Duration:00:34:15

Rice + Bunny = Me Too! - Sophia Huang

6/26/2020
Meet the remarkable 'Sophia' Huang, the fearless driver of the #MeToo movement in China. However, due to the censorship of that specific phrase, the cause Sophia champions instead features two emojis: Rice ("mi") and Bunny ("tu"). A fearless journalist, who uses her platform to highlight the injustices of sexual harassment and gender-based violence, Sophia has become a role model for many young women in China. Photo: Christopher Wurst / Graphic: Kate Furby

Duration:00:25:29

An Accidental Activist - Susanna Liew Koh

6/19/2020
This is the incredible story of Susanna Liew Koh, a 2020 recipient of the U.S. State Department's International Women of Courage Award. Following the February 2017 abduction of her husband, Christian pastor Raymond Koh, allegedly by state agents, Susanna Liew has fought on behalf of members of religious minorities who disappeared in Malaysia under similar circumstances or who face persecution for their beliefs. Susanna actively pursued justice during the Malaysian Human Rights Commission’s...

Duration:00:23:45

Finding Perspective on Robben Island - David Rader

6/12/2020
As a Gilman Scholar, David Rader thought that going from the United States to South Africa would be a radical change, but it turned out to be nothing compared to the dramatic contrasts within his new home and the realizations they provided. This week: poignant stories from Capetown.

Duration:00:19:35

Technology as a Force for Good - Will Tyner

6/5/2020
This week, Will Tyner, a coder from Silicon Valley, travels to Romania on his Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, to see the power of civic tech unleashed. On the frontlines with Code for Romania, Will witnesses how the first generation after Communism uses technology to hold their government accountable and makes it a force for good.

Duration:00:17:36

Now There's a Word for It - Meaza Ashenhafi

5/29/2020
A very special episode, featuring the story of Meaza Ashenhafi, Ethiopia's first female Supreme Court Chief Justice. Her story is an inspiration for women and girls everywhere. With over 225,000 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni, each has a story to tell and Maeza Ashafeni has been selected as one of the outstanding #FacesOfExchange. This initiative will highlight 80 years of the IVLP by showcasing 80 accomplished alumni, their lives and leadership, and the impact of...

Duration:00:21:35

Connecting Through Isolation, Part 9

5/22/2020
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

Duration:00:38:15

Connecting Through Isolation, Part 8

5/15/2020
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!

Duration:00:46:53

Connecting Through Isolation, Part 7

5/8/2020
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

Duration:00:32:53

Connecting Through Isolation, Part 6

5/1/2020
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...

Duration:00:41:49

Connecting Through Isolation, Part 5

4/24/2020
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

Duration:00:33:55

Connecting Through Isolation, Part 4

4/17/2020
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...

Duration:00:49:10

Connecting Through Isolation, Part 3

4/10/2020
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 /...

Duration:00:37:34

Connecting Through Isolation, Part 2

4/3/2020
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...

Duration:00:43:34

Connecting Through Isolation, Part 1

3/27/2020
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.

Duration:00:42:47

The Coronavirus Episode - Sabrine Chengane

3/23/2020
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...

Duration:00:23:09

Silence is No Longer an Option - Nighat Dad

3/20/2020
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:...

Duration:00:40:37

Read and Understand the Word Love - Benjamin Simington

3/16/2020
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...

Duration:00:12:26

Growing Beyond Exponential - Lebang Nong

3/13/2020
"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...

Duration:00:27:01