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Colombia Calling is your first stop for everything you ever wanted to know about Colombia. Interviewing experts in the travel industry, dealing with security issues and explaining the cultural nuances of this newly fashionable destination, Colombia Calling is hosted by Anglo Canadian expat Richard McColl.

Colombia Calling - The English Voice in Colombia Richard McColl

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

Colombia Calling is your first stop for everything you ever wanted to know about Colombia. Interviewing experts in the travel industry, dealing with security issues and explaining the cultural nuances of this newly fashionable destination, Colombia Calling is hosted by Anglo Canadian expat Richard McColl.

    Las Señoritas: Liberated missionaries in Colombia's Sierra Nevada

    Las Señoritas: Liberated missionaries in Colombia's Sierra Nevada

    We talk to Daniela and Daniel about the experiences of filming in the Sierra Nevada with the Arhuaco and Kogui people, hearing of the USEMI project which took place between the 1960s and 1980s before leaving the Sierra. It's unusual to hear about "revolutionary catholicism," and this makes for phenomenal listening.

    • 58 min
    Witchcraft in Colombia's Armed Conflict

    Witchcraft in Colombia's Armed Conflict

    It's no secret that I've been looking for someone to discuss this on the podcast for some while, but finally, it's come together. Johanna Gomez is in the process of writing up her PhD thesis at the Goldsmiths University in London and her research has taken her deep into the Llanos of Colombia, where witchcraft is rife, to investigate this phenomenon, the rites and rituals and delve into a lesser known cultural practice found in this region and all over Colombia.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Protecting Colombia's River Atrato

    Protecting Colombia's River Atrato

    We hear from three environmental professionals all en route to Glasgow. Maryuris Mosquera from the Atrato speaks via interpreter about the life and problems in her home territory and her role as a Guardian del Rio. Thank you to ABC Colombia, SNPS/Caritas, Guadianes del Rio, Siembra and the University of Glasgow for their help and participation of this important episode.

    • 50 min
    Episode 400 with Adam Isacson of WOLA

    Episode 400 with Adam Isacson of WOLA

    To all Colombianists out there, Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America needs no introduction. Offering some of the most insightful analysis on not only Colombia but other countries in the region, he is a go to person for journalists seeking out informed and level-headed opinions.

    • 1 hr
    Who's a spy? You're a spy...Colombia Calling speaks to writer Emma Louise Jay

    Who's a spy? You're a spy...Colombia Calling speaks to writer Emma Louise Jay

    On episode 399 of the Colombia Calling podcast, we welcome back one of our consistently most popular guests, writer and academic Emma Louise Jay. You'll remember her from the "Downton Abbey with a machete," episode some years ago and also talking to us about her investigation into and writing on Colombian historic figure: José María Córdova and much more.

    • 59 min
    Isabel Cristina Zuleta and Beto Coral are Activists for Colombia

    Isabel Cristina Zuleta and Beto Coral are Activists for Colombia

    On Episode 398 of the Colombia Calling podcast, we address a sadly overlooked topic and that of the human rights and environmental defenders in Colombia. It is a great honour to host Isabel Cristina Zuleta, praised by Amnesty International for her work with Ríos Vívos, and Beto Coral, a Colombian activist in exile in the US for having named former president Alvaro Uribe as the head of the Aguilas Negras paramilitary group.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

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.

matt1815 ,

Really interesting podcast

Love listening to this podcast, Colombia is such a fascinating country and Richard talks really well about it

Colombianos abroad ,

Colombia!

As a Colombian living overseas and wishing to hear unbiased news and interviews from expats and foreigners living in my home country, Colombia Calling has been a great resource. It is interesting, newsworthy, humorous and above all timely. Colombia is changing and this show tells us how it is.

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