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Colombia Calling is your first stop for everything you ever wanted to know about Colombia. Colombia Calling is hosted by Anglo Canadian transplant to Colombia, Richard McColl and the Newscast is provided by journalist Emily Hart. Tune in for politics, news, reviews, travel and culture stories, all related to Colombia.

Colombia Calling - The English Voice in Colombia Richard McColl

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

Colombia Calling is your first stop for everything you ever wanted to know about Colombia. Colombia Calling is hosted by Anglo Canadian transplant to Colombia, Richard McColl and the Newscast is provided by journalist Emily Hart. Tune in for politics, news, reviews, travel and culture stories, all related to Colombia.

    Explaining Venezuela's 2024 presidential elections

    Explaining Venezuela's 2024 presidential elections

    Venezuelans go to the polls to vote for a president on 28 July 2024, in what will not be free and fair elections, this much is certain.

    Here on the Colombia Calling podcast, we understand the necessity and importance of informing our listeners further about what is taking place and is in the news from sister and neighbouring countries to Colombia, and Venezuela is no exception.

    Ana Milagros Parra is renowned Venezuelan political scientist and also co-host of the excellent: "A Medias" podcast, a Spanish language broadcast discussing all things related to her home country.

    Most importantly, Parra has remained in Venezuela to continue to educate and work towards a more just future.

    But, having been described by Venezuelan strongman, Diasdado Cabello as: "more dangerous to Venezuela than a shooting in an elevator," she has to watch what she says.

    However, luckily for us, she feels more empowered in English and tells us how things are currently in her country.

    There is a movement towards freedom in Venezuela, the opposition candidate Edmundo Gonzalez will unlikely win the elections, due to a likely dirty tricks campaign by the regime of Nicolas Maduro overseeing a criminal state, but this is the first time that the opposition has been organised, properly mobilised and leading the polls. This is largely due to the former candidacy of Maria Corina Machado, disqualified from running under spurious circumstances in 2023.

    As Parra says in our interview: "modern dictatorships dress in the shirt of democracy," so we will see what happens in coming days and months.

    Tune in for a fascinating conversation about Venezuelan politics.

    The Colombia Briefing is reported by Emily Hart. Check out her Substack: https://substack.com/@ehart

    • 1 hr 11 min
    "Uribismo Killed Humour"

    "Uribismo Killed Humour"

    On this week's episode we speak to Mario Pinzón in the studio and discuss his views on Colombia and Colombian politics from the perspective of a citizen living overseas in Canada.

    We discuss why Pinzón left Colombia (under duress), what it meant to leave his country behind and how he came to understand the value of being Colombian.

    Emily Hart reports the Colombia Briefing.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Kicked off the Podcast!

    Kicked off the Podcast!

    This week your host, Richard McColl moves over to the role of interviewee as friend and fellow immigrant to Colombia, Eric Tabone switches up responsibilities and fires questions at your friendly Briton.

    This is your chance to learn a little bit more about journalist, hotelier and writer Richard McColl. Tabone leaves no stone unturned as he delves into McColl's tall tales from the past, all of them true.

    Tropical illnesses in Brazil, how he arrived in Colombia, scrapes in the Rio favela of Mangueira, writing experience, how did he become a hotelier, why and how did he come to start publishing books? It's all here and more.

    Thank you to Eric Tabone for his time and line of questioning.

    The Colombia Briefing is reported by Emily Hart.

    Feel free to support the Colombia Calling podcast www.patreon.com/colombiacalling

    • 1 hr 1 min
    It's ColUmbia not ColOmbia! A look at press coverage of protests in the US and Colombia

    It's ColUmbia not ColOmbia! A look at press coverage of protests in the US and Colombia

    It has become clear that the kind of coverage we can now expect from the mainstream media regarding protests is one which serves to highlight protestors' violence, weaken support for the strike and delegitimise grassroots perspectives because, even when ordinary citizens are given a voice, they will unlikely openly criticise their government.

    This is the "protest paradigm."

    It is all too common to find an overwhelming number of quotes in a report or article from government officials and the like, and a lack of perspectives explaining the root cause of the protests.

    So, this week, Richard McColl of Colombia Calling teams up with Adriaan Alsema of Colombia Reports in Medellin and Joshua Collins of Pirate Wire Services to discuss this phenomenon in the press and media world, citing concrete examples from the 2019 and 2021 Paro Nacional in Colombia and making comparisons with what is being seen during the protests at US universities such as Columbia in NY at this present moment.

    The Colombia Briefing is reported by Emily Hart.

    • 46 min
    Justice for Colombia's Children

    Justice for Colombia's Children

    Medellin and Colombia are hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, due to sexual exploitation of children by foreign visitors.

    In April, a US citizen was caught bringing two girls, ages 12 and 13, into the Hotel Gotham, in the exclusive sector of El Poblado in Medellin. There was all sorts of paraphernalia in this individual's room, to suggest his guilt but since he wasn't "caught in the act," he was held by the police for 12 hours and later fled the country.

    The Hotel Gotham has since closed its doors for good.

    So, on this week's Colombia Calling podcast, we talk to Tyler Schwab of the NGO, Libertas International, which is involved in care for the victims of these sexual predators. They have more than 100 people in their care and are on the front lines in the battle against this scourge.

    We talk about the measures being taken in Medellin by the politicians, who are these people that come down to exploit children, how can this be stopped and more? Schwab has even been present at the raid on a pedophile's house in Medellin.

    Tune in and check out: https://libertasinternational.org

    and

    Support us www.patreon.com/colombiacalling

    • 1 hr
    Two Hoteliers in Colombia Share their Experiences...and it's not Pretty

    Two Hoteliers in Colombia Share their Experiences...and it's not Pretty

    On this week's Colombia Calling podcast, we sit down and chat with Gary Murray, a former hotelier in Colombia and compare notes on the business.

    Murray's experiences, on the whole, have been incredibly negative, mine on the other hand have been positive and so we look at some of the socio cultural nuances to running a business in Colombia, hear some outrageous and horrendous stories which occurred in Murray's hotel in an exclusive part of Bogota and reflect on what may have been.

    We cover stories and anecdotes on unfaithfulness in a relationship, petty theft in the business, dodgy dealings, money laundering and so much more.

    The Colombia Briefing is reported by Mathew Di Salvo.

    If you would like to support the podcast: www.patreon.com/colombiacalling

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Emvpr ,

A great, informative listen

As a Brit born to a Colombian mother, I love listening to all regarding this most wonderful of countries that I love and yearn for. It’s great to hear through the perspectives of ex pats who give an unbiased and unadulterated view that I find difficult to get from Colombian’s who are understandably defensive of their nation and dare I say it, a bit prejudiced at times. Really well presented, great range of guests

Challengedbybanks ,

Topical and informative

Every week something to keep you up to date and really informative local news.

Dave S85 ,

Interesting Content

Great show with incredibly interesting guests. Also great news section. As someone who lived in Colombia (albeit, for just one year, 2017) I miss this beautiful, friendly, country an incredible amount. I was supposed to visit again in 2020 but had to postpone due to COVID. This podcast helps me feel ‘close’ to the country and helps me recall and reminisce about it’s magical realism.

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