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Independence West is an international entertainment, pop culture, sports and current events show.

May 2013

May 24, 2013

Independence West, May 24, 2013

A U.S. city lowers the voting age to 16 for local elections; two German football fans preview Saturday's Bayern-Dortmund Champions League final clash; and a Spanish-language TV executive on the importance of "telenovela" series in Latin American culture. With Robert, Rohit, Roger and France.

May 10, 2013

Independence West, May 10, 2013

Manchester United and English football after Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement; street food culture in Shanghai; and why is Luanda, Angola, the world's third-most expensive city? With Robert D, Roger Muntu and France Houessou.

May 03, 2013

Independence West, May 3, 2013

Basketball in China; street food culture in Mexico; and fighting food waste in the US and Nigeria; with Robert, Rohit, Oluseyi and Tef.

May 2013
May 2013
May 2013

We are the most diverse team in international media: We trace our origins back to Iran, Mexico, India, Haiti, Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among others. We all live in Washington and work in different sections of the Voice of America. We like to chat amongst ourselves - and with other smart people - about international sports, pop culture, entertainment and current events.

Robert D., Rohit Kulkarni, Ramon C. Taylor, Roger Muntu and France Houessou and their friends now bring you Independence West, VOA's newest and hippest online show! They're inviting you to join the ride. In coming weeks and months, they'll be talking, among other things, about cricket's Indian Premier League; the World Athletics championships; the new "Star Trek: Into Darkness" movie; the German and Australian general elections; the Australian "AFL Grand Final" football match; Hong Kong gangstger movies; street food culture; and, of course, the Champions' League Final in late May at Wembley Stadium, London.

So here we are now, launching ID West. Listen to us on this site every week and join the the conversation on Facebook.


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