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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.

    Forensic Science in Colombia's Conflict

    Forensic Science in Colombia's Conflict

    This week's Colombia Calling podcast explores the position of forensic experts and their role in this (post)accord period in Colombia and their role in uncovering truths in Colombia's long-running conflict.

    María Fernanda Olarte-Sierra, University of Amsterdam | UVA · Department of Anthropology, Doctor in Social and Behavioural Sciences joins us to share her findings as a social scientist and ethnographer having interviewed many forensic experts and their findings in the field.

    We discuss the differences in disappearences carried out by the paramilitaries (AUC), the FARC guerrillas and finally the Colombian military and their role in the False Positives scandal.

    Tune in for an in-depth look at some of the darkest yet most revealing issues affecting forensic science and forensic experts of all types in Colombia at this critical juncture in Colombia's history.

    • 56 min
    Author Anika Fajardo speaks about her Colombia-infused writing

    Author Anika Fajardo speaks about her Colombia-infused writing

    Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. She is the author of a book about that experience, Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), which was awarded Best Book (Nonfiction) of 2020 from City Pages and was a finalist for the 2020 Minnesota Book Award.

    Here on the Colombia Calling podcast, we talk about her Colombia-infused writing, what it means to be half Colombian, how she got involved in the film Encanto and further conversations about writing and publishing.

    Her debut middle-grade novel What If a Fish (Simon & Schuster, 2020) was awarded the 2021 Minnesota Book Award. Her next book for young readers, Meet Me Halfway (Simon & Schuster) will be published in spring 2022.

    • 48 min
    Colombia Questions and Answers with Emily Hart

    Colombia Questions and Answers with Emily Hart

    For Episode 407, our first of 2022, Emily Hart and I take a look back at 2021 in Colombia and then address a number of questions that you, the listeners, sent in to us.

    Thank you for the questions which cover journalism, fake news, visa issues, politics, elections, Covid-19, mental health and Medellin.

    Tune in for a great episode with which to begin 2022.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The "Paisa Mutation" and an explanation of Colombia's early onset dementia

    The "Paisa Mutation" and an explanation of Colombia's early onset dementia

    We are humbled to host Kenneth Kosik, professor of Neuroscience at UC Santa Barbara on this week's Colombia Calling podcast, the final for 2021.

    Kenneth S. Kosik, M.D. is an American neurologist, author, researcher and professor in neuroscience at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Kosik provided much of the original data on the largest family in the world with a genetic form of Alzheimer's disease located in Antioquia, Colombia. And this is where our interest lies.

    We discuss the "paisa mutation," which has appeared in Antioquia and certain genetic mutations which cause early onset Alzheimer's disease in the region and that have been traced all the way back to the Iberian peninsula and the year 1500!

    This is a revealing and fascinating episode, one which we feel is fitting to end 2021.

    • 55 min
    Colombia's most secret e-commerce start-up

    Colombia's most secret e-commerce start-up

    On episode 405 of the Colombia Calling podcast, we explore the world of e-commerce in Colombia and talk to Sebastian Laurson of the start-up sex toy company, Secretos.

    Dane Laurson is partner with five other immigrants to Colombia and between them, they are seeking to revolutionise the sex toy industry, removing the stigma from the business in peculiar nook and cranny stores in parts of Bogotá and making it accessible and confidential for the buyer.

    We hear how they came to start this business, how the pandemic has been important for their growth, how they researched the business and where they go from here. In a frank and insightful conversation, we learn about e-commerce and start-ups in Colombia and indeed, the sex toy industry.

    Check out their page: www.secretos.com.co

    • 51 min
    Colombia's first woman chess grandmaster

    Colombia's first woman chess grandmaster

    Nadya Ortiz is Colombia's first woman chess grandmaster. Hailing from humble origins in Ibague, chess became a conduit for her success. By succeeding in the chess world, she won a scholarship to study at university in Texas, later another one to go to Purdue and then by virtue of her excellence in computer science now works for Apple in San Francisco.

    We hear Nadya's story on episode 404 of the Colombia Calling podcast. As a woman from the provinces, playing an unpopular sport, she made it all happen for her. We discuss her life, politics in Colombia and much more in what is an inspirational story.

    • 58 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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