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

January 2014

January 31, 2014

Independence West, 31 January 2014

The Grammy Awards; and a preview of Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos; with Robert, Roger, Ashley Barnette, Dan Joseph and Mike Richman

January 17, 2014

Independence West, January 17, 2014

Controversial French stand-up comedian Dieudonne; 2014 Oscar nominees; and a preview of the NFL's Conference Championships; with Robert, Rohit and Dan Joseph

January 2014
January 2014

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January 2014

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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A handout photo released by the Curtis family shows Peter Theo Curtis (R), 45, with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport after flying from Tel Aviv to Newark, New Jersey, August 26, 2014.

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