• 20. Cities, Small Towns, and Suburbs

    This city is gross!

    This week we discuss the differences of life in cities, rural towns, and suburbs. We discuss our respective moves to New York City, including the benefits and drawbacks of different community types. We also reference a Pew research study on the differences within urban, suburban, and rural communities.


    What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities


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    35m | Mar 14, 2023
  • 19. Immigration

    Your intercultural podcast returns! This week we have a casual discussion about immigration. What are the challenges of immigrating to a new country? What drives us to immigrate? We also discuss American and Turkish attitudes towards immigrants, including concerns about culture shift and government representation.

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    34m | Mar 7, 2023
  • 18. The American Doctor; A Story of Resilience with Dr. Salvatore Forcina

    We are joined this week by Dr. Salvatore Forcina, a first-generation immigrant, former chief of surgery, and author of the forthcoming book The American Doctor. Dr. Forcina shares his journey of determination to study medicine and pursue his goals in a new country. He describes how he remained motivated after starting over many times, from learning a new language and culture to establishing his reputation in the medical community.

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    37m | Feb 14, 2023
  • 17. How to Make Friends in a New Country

    Can you make friends in a new country even if you are new to the culture and language? Spoiler- Yes. But are you ready to face possible rejection? This week we discuss all the paths to finding friends in a new nation, including student activities, social clubs, social media, hostels, and more.


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    30m | Feb 7, 2023
  • 16. Ethnic Enclaves

    This week we talk about ethnic enclaves around the world and right at home in NYC. What are the benefits of living in an enclave such as Chinatown? Should governments be concerned about immigrant assimilation? And where can we expect an American enclave to form in the future?


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    30m | Jan 31, 2023
  • 15. Mental Health

    How much does our culture affect our mental health and sense of belonging? This week we discuss mental health, the impact of social media, and the post-holiday blues. We also spend some time thinking about the importance of finding the right therapist.


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    33m | Jan 24, 2023
  • 14. Pets

    Is animal breeding all that different from eugenics? Should we start letting our house cats shit outside? This week we discuss beloved animal companions- both fuzzy and scaly. We also think about how pets are valued, whether as family members or status symbols.



    40m | Jan 17, 2023
  • 13. Multicultural Movie Review: Green Book (2018)

    We are jumping back in after a much-needed holiday break with a new segment: multicultural movie reviews! For our first movie review, we look at Green Book (2018)- a heartwarming film with a side dish of controversy. We discuss how the characters ultimately grow to understand each other's differences, and celebrate the incredible artist, Donald Shirley (1927 - 2013). We also discuss the misstep of writer Nick Vallelonga in choosing not to involve Shirley's family in the making of this film. We wrap up by reflecting on the film industry's evolving portrayal of racial issues in United States.

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    1h 10m | Jan 10, 2023
  • 12. Holidays

    This holiday we celebrate and worship at the altar of capitalism. How can we keep the sentimentality of the holidays alive? We also discuss how Turkey's rising religiosity has turned people away from celebrating "Western" holiday traditions.

    We at Interculture wish everyone a very happy Christmas and holiday season.


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    26m | Dec 20, 2022
  • 11. Aging

    After a brief catch up, we discuss attitudes towards the elderly, the healthcare needs of aging populations around the world, and also the human desire to leave a legacy after death.


    33m | Dec 13, 2022
  • 10. Economic Systems

    This week we discuss various economic systems used around the world and how they might influence our cultural values. Ibo discusses the decline of the Turkish economy, where inflation has reached an increase of 84%. And Jenna speculates about whether Shanghai's stock market exchange will eventually surpass the US.

    35m | Dec 6, 2022
  • 9. Parental Expectations

    How have generational differences impacted parenting? How do the values and expectations of parents differ around the globe? This week we talk about the differences of familial expectations from Turkey, the US, and China. We also make predictions on the direction of Gen Z parenting.

    39m | Nov 29, 2022
  • 8. Political Tensions

    Why do the Turkish and Greek people still hate each other? What is the exact definition of a dictator? Should we dump all politicians in the toilet? We will unravel it all.

    32m | Nov 22, 2022
  • 7. Racial Fetishization

    As we unravel the uncomfortable concept of racial fetishes, we touch on the topics of dating apps, Disney's Aladdin, slavery, and pornography. We also look back at the roots of racial stereotyping in colonialism and Hollywood.

    41m | Nov 15, 2022
  • 6. Good Manners

    This week we talk about differing standards of etiquette around the world and our own feelings towards traditional etiquette. We also discuss the lack of manners in online spaces. How do we decide what is "proper" in the global, modern age?

    1h 5m | Nov 8, 2022
  • 5. Modern Diets and Agriculture

    Will the billionaires of tomorrow own farmland? Should you be vegan? Are you ready for bug-based protein? This week we discuss how diets and modern methods of agriculture are changing throughout the world. And of course gripe about our corporate overlords.

    1h 1m | Nov 1, 2022
  • 4. Relationships, Masturbation, and Circumcision

    This might be a strange one. Our relatively straightforward conversation about relationship expectations devolves into the burning question of whether muslims are allowed to masturbate. Then we round out our topic by discussing traumatic circumcision.

    1h 8m | Nov 1, 2022
  • 1. Language Barriers

    For our first episode we decided to discuss one of the most common problems for intercultural travelers- language barriers. We discussed our own experience with learning languages, the difficulties of accents, and how there are many more resources for learning languages with the rise of online media. We also discuss being mindful and patient with those learning your language.

    1h 0m | Nov 1, 2022
  • 2. Alcohol and Drug Use

    How much do we really need drugs? This week we discussed the pervasive drinking culture in the United States, the emergence of new pharmaceutical drugs, and public perception of addiction.

    1h 18m | Nov 1, 2022
  • 3. Losing Our Religion

    This week we discuss the growing global shift away from organized religion and talk about our personal relationship with Catholicism and Islam. Ibo discusses how leaders in Turkey use their religiosity for political gain, and Jenna talks about the dangers of giving power to the religiously ordained. We also ponder the existence of hell and if we should be fearful of what lies beyond death.

    1h 14m | Nov 1, 2022