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

March 2014

March 28, 2014

Independence West, March 28, 2014

Life in post-Yanukovych Ukraine; and Bayern Munich and German Football after Uli Hoeness; with Robert, Rohit, Laura, Arash and Lars Grundmeier


March 14, 2014

ID West, March 14, 2014

Is the Spanish Monarchy still relevant in 2014? And who will win the NCAA university basketball tournament? With Robert, Laura Wojcik and Carla Babb

March 2014
March 2014

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March 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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