2023 Excellence in Student Programming
CIUT - Tracks from Abroad, Jesse McDougall
Jesse McDougall is traveling around the world on U of T’s CIUT airwaves.
The third-year political science student and hosts Tracks From Abroad on CIUT 89.5 FM radio — a show he created.
Each week he interviews an international student attending U of T and invites them to share music from their home country, cultural insights and their experiences studying in Canada.
Since the show’s first broadcast, McDougall has interviewed students from Brazil, Iran, El Salvador, Latvia, Ghana, Haiti, Serbia and others. While every show has at least one interview with an international student, occasionally, McDougall welcomes professors, alumni or local artists. A recent show featured Suzanna Ayash who currently lives in Lebanon and happens to be McDougall’s TA for an economics course.
Recently, McDougall spoke with aerospace engineering student, Henrik Friisø, who grew up in Nicaragua before moving to Norway where he shifted from beach life to skiing. He carries four passports, and brought with him music from both countries, while discussing racism, the Olympics and the Eurovision Song Contest.
One encouraging sign — Tracks From Abroad recently received a grant from U of T’s Division of Student Life to fund a new show website to better support and promote the show in the future
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