Building the Bomb

The detonation of an atomic bomb on August 6th 1945 marked the start of a deadly new race for military supremacy. The blast in Hiroshima, Japan was the largest the […]

Siren Song: Tim Winton

Dheera Sujan meets Western Australian writer Tim Winton. He was the boy wonder of Australian literature, published novels at an early age and won important literary awards in Oz and […]

We need you back – Uganda

In this first documentary which Hélène Michaud made for the English Service, she visited Uganda, more than 20 years after Idi Amin ordered 50,000 Asians to leave Uganda, accusing them […]

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 – Review 2008

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

FelixMeritis Building in Amsterdam

Felix Meritis

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 Dutch […]

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 […]