Jan Willems

Theatre in the rubble

A decade ago, a chance encounter took Dutch theater-maker Jan Willems to the occupied Palestinian territories. Following the signing of the Oslo peace accords in 1993, he decided to set […]

The Nigerian closet

In Nigeria, homosexuality not only is a taboo, it is illegal. In the north of the country, the maximum punishment is death by stoning. In southern Nigeria, people convicted of […]

Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen: A 12th century mystic

David Swatling presents a portrait of the 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen. She founded her own monastery, had prophetic visions, counseled kings and emperors and wrote books on theology, medicine […]

Last Happy Station show

Radio Netherlands retired the world’s longest-running radio show, The Happy Station, on September 17, 1995. It was created in 1928 by Eddie Startz on Radio Netherlands’ predecessor, PCJJ, which was […]

Barrier enclosing the Gaza Strip

A prison within a prison

When one thinks of prison islands many names spring to mind – Devil’s Island, Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, to name a few. Gaza may not be an island or a […]

Hello! Human Rights

The State We’re In – Human rights defenders

This edition of The State We’re, a weekly programme on “human rights, human wrongs and how we treat each other”, features human rights defenders from across the globe, including Umida […]

Euro Hit 40: 2008 year-end review

For many years, well into the 21st century, Radio Netherlands surveyed the pop music charts of 18 European countries every week and compiled one-hour programmes for rebroadcasting around the world […]

FelixMeritis Building in Amsterdam

The Felix Meritis building in Amsterdam

  Felix Meritis is one of the Netherlands most remarkable and important historical buildings. Lying on one of the grandest canals in Amsterdam, it has been the centre of the […]

The State We’re In: Language Rights

Language is the greatest tool of communication we have and it brings people together. So why is it that such a precious and essential tool is often at the heart […]

Banned Books (©MvdMeer)

The State We’re In: Banned Books

Ever since the invention of printing, books have been banned, blacklisted, boycotted, burned and bowdlerized. Books can be dangerous, but the right to produce and distribute a book is essential […]