Tue, 27 October 2015
This week we shake things up a little and talk to marketing expert and entrepreneur Viviana Cardozo de Rubiano a Bogotana who moved from her home city with her family to Los Angeles a little under a year ago.
Direct download: RCC_116.mp3
Category:society and culture -- posted at: 8:05am EDT
Thu, 26 February 2015
Having first cut my teeth in journalism working the news desk at an anglo newspaper in Costa Rica back in 2000, I am always impressed by those who decide to launch an enterprise of this type. So this week on Colombia Calling we sit down with the Bogota Post's director Emma Newbery and staffer Azzam Alkhadi to talk about this venture and how it has gone for them as they approach the 1 year anniversary of their launch.
We discuss the rise of the internet, the death of the newspaper, their readership, aims and dream and of course, above all, Colombia.
Tune in to find out why Newbery decided to plunge into an adventure of this type, why she is here in Colombia and where the Bogota Post will go from here. Learn about the machinations of a newspaper trying to bridge the gap between anglo and local news and make a success of it.
Direct download: RCC-2015-02-23.mp3
Category:society and culture -- posted at: 11:59am EDT
Mon, 16 February 2015
This week we head out to talk with Juan Carlos Caicedo, a US born Colombian, watershed management expert and ecologist to talk about some of the studies that he has conducted here in Bogota regarding the natural environment of this city.
By studying the immensely popular Virrey Park and the flora and fauna found in this 2km stretch of green found in this dense city, Caicedo has charted 65 different species of birds, hundreds of insects and a whole variety of trees. His plan is to continue to do studies of this kind to better inform Bogotanos of the importance of environmental awareness.
We talk about pollution, we talk about the city's growth, we talk about environmental policy, in fact, no stone is left unturned in this vivid conversation with a realistic, studied and well-travelled environmentalist. He's not here to shove doctrine down your throats, he's here to highlight and help us understand the needs of a city.
Tune in for a fascinating discussion about an overlooked subject in Bogota.
Direct download: RCC-2015-02-16.mp3
Category:society and culture -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT
Mon, 2 February 2015
All too often perhaps we can allow ourselves to get wrapped up in the great lifestyle that one lives out here in Colombia and forget about the day to day realities of life. So, with this in mind we invited Briton Claire Austin back on to the show to talk about how it has been raising her son here in Bogota and finding out the reasons why, after just over three years, she will be returning to the UK.
Direct download: RCC-2015-02-02.mp3
Category:society and culture -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT
Mon, 26 January 2015
This week's show takes a different tack and instead of focusing on literary or travel stories we are plunged into the world of entrepreneurship and that of Startups here in Colombia. The term “startup” has been bandied around with increasing frequency over the past few years to describe scrappy young ventures, hip San Francisco apps and huge tech companies. But what is a startup, really? And what is the situation here in Colombia? How is the national government promoting a quiet revolution in aiding small scale businesses and individuals across the country to break into this new world of entrepreneurship?
Direct download: Colombia_Calling-2015-01-26.mp3
Category:society and culture -- posted at: 8:47am EDT
Mon, 8 December 2014
Imagine our surprise to find out that the sumptious elixir that is a British cider could be found and enjoyed here in Bogota. So, after attending a launch party hosted by Julian and Emma, the brains behind the importation of Cider to Colombia, I knew it would make for an interesting show to have a sit down with them to hear about their inspiration and the process of importing to Colombia.
Direct download: Colombia_Calling-2014-12-08.mp3
Category:society and culture -- posted at: 9:03am EDT
Mon, 1 December 2014
Addressing some serious issues of cultural differences and what it is like to be of asian descent and in Colombia, we take the time to sit down with Jessica Wong, the author of the blog www.onechineseincolombia.com.
Direct download: Colombia_Calling-2014-12-01.mp3
Category:society and culture -- posted at: 11:11am EDT
Mon, 13 October 2014
Following our desire to keep on delivering high editorial content here for our listeners on Colombia Calling, we sit down with Boston native Natalie Southwick in Bogota and discuss her life as a journalist in Colombia, as the editor in chief of the new Latin Correspondent site (http://latincorrespondent.com/) and her work in social projects that has taken her all around the country.
Direct download: Colombia_Calling-2014-10-13.mp3
Category:society and culture -- posted at: 9:00am EDT