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Translating America, Into Wolof

On his radio program—called African Time, and broadcast on both WPAT 930-AM in New York and on Sud FM in Senegal—[Dame] Babou explains the US political system to his listeners, alongside his regular discussion of Senegalese affairs. He has broadcast from New York since 1993, and over the course of five presidential elections, he has cleared up confusion about many facets of American democracy for his audiences.

“It’s not just giving the information,” Babou says. “It’s translation and explanation.”