125 episodes

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

22.33 ECA Collaboratory

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.9, 53 Ratings

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

    Now There's a Word for It - Meaza Ashenhafi

    Now There's a Word for It - Meaza Ashenhafi

    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.

    • 21 min
    Connecting Through Isolation, Part 9 (May 22, 2020)

    Connecting Through Isolation, Part 9 (May 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

    • 38 min
    Connecting Through Isolation (Through Music), Part 8

    Connecting Through Isolation (Through Music), Part 8

    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!

    • 46 min
    Connecting Through Isolation, Part 7

    Connecting Through Isolation, Part 7

    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 

    • 32 min
    Connecting Through Isolation, Part 6 (May 1, 2020)

    Connecting Through Isolation, Part 6 (May 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... 

    • 41 min
    Connecting Through Isolation, Part 5 (April 24, 2020)

    Connecting Through Isolation, Part 5 (April 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

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

amanda shooters ,

Fantastic Stories

This is a great podcast and it has saved my mind from very many long drives. I wonder what the people passing me think when I’m laughing in the car alone, or wipe away a heart touching tear as I’m listening. Great job Chris—keep the stories coming.

Munif Khan ,

A stroll down the memory lane

Reverse culture shock is a serious phenomenon for exchange students. I have struggled myself to readjust with my home culture in Bangladesh 🇧🇩 after the YES program. When I learned about 22.33 podcasts, I curiously played the first few episodes of Season 1, I was immediately hooked.

Since then, whenever I get a little depressed and feel alone, 22.33 is my go to station. I listen to the personal stories of other exchange students and that tells me that I’m not alone. I discovered how similar, yet different, exchange experiences can be.

Whenever I’m listening to 22.33, it’s like taking a stroll down my memory lane and recall all the amazing memories I have made during my exchange year. And that makes my day!

Thank you Chris and team for this amazing platform where exchange students can voice their feelings and experiences and not only feel positive about the world around them but also raise awareness about how important exchange is, to achieve cultural harmony and world peace.

Please continue this until that goal is reached.
♥️

Sri Bee ,

Ethereal - Harpeth Rising and Seth Glier episodes. Music Ambassadors.

6/22/19 update. Chris and Co. have knocked it out the park yet again with the “Knitting as coding “ episode. This inspiring piece about Lindwe Matlali reminds me of a couple of quotes (altered for effect) “the heights by great women reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night “ - HW Longfellow...and “to some when less is given, much more can be begotten “. 6/1/19 update. Bravo! The latest episode of Harpeth Rising was both moving and informative. While a regular episode is peppered with eclectic music pieces, Harpeth’s body of work serves as the perfect backdrop to the episode. I found the lyrics as rich as their music. Keep on Truckin’, ECA! I have caught up on 3 episodes thus far. Really enjoyed the Seth Glier episode. His stories of stitching together music from the world was representative of the best of humanity. Wish him luck, and the podcast, too! To channel Perry Mason, this podcast is "competent, relevant and material!" Great production team with the choice of music interludes always hitting the right notes along with fantastic stories from various sojourns abroad.

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