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Words in Transit
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Words in Transit is an oral history project featuring the stories of people who have made western New England their new home.

This area is home to immigrants and refugees from around the globe, and their presence revitalizes the region and redefines its culture. Their journeys have involved fear, uprootedness, and isolation as well as perseverance, creativity, and hope.

New England Public Media, in collaboration with Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College, produced Words in Transit, featuring the personal stories of nearly 30 people.

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  • The final episode of this series of "Words in Transit" features stories of immigrants from Bhutan and Slovenia and their work today to help other new…
  • A woman from Ghana and a man from the Ivory Coast are grateful for the opportunities they’ve found here, but also feel that we can learn much from their…
  • Educational and professional opportunities brought many to the U.S. On episode 13, we hear stories from a man from Spain and one from Argentina.
  • An Indian and a Taiwanese woman reflect on life in both their native countries and in their adopted country.
  • Third Culture Kid features stories of acclimation and loss from a Palestinian woman and an Irish woman.
  • The second of two podcasts on immigrants that came to the U.S. without documentation. This episode, features the story of an immigrant from Colombia that…
  • Family Reunion features stories of two young people who came to the United States to re-unite with their families. Western New England is home to…
  • The story of two families, one from Syria and one from Sri Lanka that came to the United States to create new and better lives.
  • Survival includes two stories from refugees from Burundi and the Congo that escaped violence in their homeland.
  • We hear an essay on DACA from an undocumented immigrant profiled in episode 2.In this episode, Angelica Merino Monge who came to the U.S. from El Salvador…