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

September 2013

September 27, 2013

Independence West, September 27, 2013

Gemany's Chancellor Angela Merkel wins a third term; "Gravity," "Rush," "The Fifth Estate" and the movies of the Fall; and Australia prepares for its football Grand Final. With Robert, Rohit and film reporter Penelope Poulou


September 13, 2013

The Best of Independence West, September 13, 2013

The best of Independence West, September 13, 2013: James Gandolfini; American jam bands; Ramadan in Sweden; African-American teenage poetry.

September 2013
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September 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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