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About the Colombia Calling podcast

The Colombia Calling podcast is your first stop magazine-style podcast for everything you ever wanted to know about Colombia. Interviewing experts in the travel industry, dealing with security issues, deciphering the politics and explaining the cultural nuances of this newly fashionable destination, Colombia Calling is hosted by Anglo Canadian expat Richard McColl and broadcast on the Overseas Radio Network. 

Richard McColl is a seasoned journalist in Latin America and has appeared on many news shows and been published in a diverse range of magazines and newspapers all over the world. He has edited and contributed to guidebooks and literature about Colombia and has worked as a political analyst for the region in addition to earning his PhD in Bogotá in 2020 and working towards a novel or two! 

Emily Hart is a freelance journalist based in Medellin and contributes the newscast to Colombia Calling. Hart is a multimedia journalist focused on Latin America, social issues, and human rights. Bilingual - English & Spanish | Trained at Press Association (NCTJ-accredited)
Bylines in the Times, the Telegraph, Sunday Times Magazine, Colombia Reports, Culture Trip, EachOther and various UK local news outlets. Hart's research and analysis on politics and human rights has been quoted in the Guardian, Time Magazine, and by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression. Website

This podcast has been a labour of love since 2013 and we have not earned a penny from it, but we want it to continue and as it becomes more time-consuming and popular, we are asking for a little help from all of our friends out there to keep Colombia Calling advancing and improving. 
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At $500 per month, I can dedicate myself to the podcast. Imagine that, and be able to properly pay Emily Hart for unwavering commitment in reporting the weekly newscast! I would then be a semi-professional podcaster and would be able to cut down on my paid writing work...although I'd still keep both going, just with less stress. 
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