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  • Window on Holland 1957
    Our annual newsreel looks back on the main events that affected Holland and the world in 1957: scientific advances, international tensions—including the Indonesian-New Guinea crisis– Suez, …
  • Radio Netherlands moves to a new building
    In this vintage gem of old-fashioned radio broadcasting, the unnamed presenter takes us on a sound tour from the center of sleepy residential little Hilversum to the outskirts of the town in August …
  • Window on Holland 1963
    Radio Netherlands’ look back over the main events of the year: Edward Heath and Joseph Luns on the breakdown of Britain’s EEC entry attempt, aninterview with Rita Moreno (West Side …
  • Autumn of the Middle Ages: A Six-part History in Words and Music from the Low Countries, Part 1
    In de Middle Ages, the Netherlands played a very prominent role in European musical life. By “Netherlands” we mean the so-called “Low-Countries”, the regions along the North Sea which include the …
  • Autumn of the Middle Ages: a Six-Part History in Words and Music from the Low Countries, Part 2
    This entry is part of the series Autumn of the Middle AgesIn de Middle Ages, the Netherlands played a very prominent role in European musical life. By “Netherlands” we mean the so-called …
  • Autumn of the Middle Ages: a Six-Part History in Words and Music from the Low Countries, Part 3
    This entry is part of the series Autumn of the Middle AgesIn de Middle Ages, the Netherlands played a very prominent role in European musical life. By “Netherlands” we mean the so-called …
  • Autumn of the Middle Ages: a Six-Part History in Words and Music from the Low Countries, Part 4
    This entry is part of the series Autumn of the Middle AgesIn de Middle Ages, the Netherlands played a very prominent role in European musical life. By “Netherlands” we mean the so-called …
  • Autumn of the Middle Ages: a Six-Part History in Words and Music from the Low Countries, Part 5
    This entry is part of the series Autumn of the Middle Ages In de Middle Ages, the Netherlands played a very prominent role in European musical life. By “Netherlands” we mean the so-called …
  • Cab Kaye
      Afroscene, Radio Netherlands weekly Programme aimed at listeners in Africa, featured this interview with Augustus Kwamlah Quaye, better known as Cab Kaye, in 1979– shortly after he moved …
  • A Hitchhiker’s Guide to DX-ing
    This program will help you understand how Jonathan Marks, shortly after coming to Radio Netherlands from England in 1980, soon transformed the weekly “DX Jukebox” programme into …
  • Talking To: Pierre Janssen
    “Talking To” was a weekly interview programme produced in the 70’s and 80’s by arts and culture host Nevil Gray. In this edition of the programme, our guest was the gifted art …
  • Press Conference with Queen Beatrix (Washington DC, 20 April 1982)
    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands made a state visit to the United States in 1982, the year that marked the bicentennial of Dutch-American diplomatic ties. After a state dinner with president Ronald …
  • VIP Lounge: Economist Jan Tinbergen
    This entry is part of the series VIP LoungeIn 1969 the Dutch mathematician and economist Jan Tinbergen (1903-1994) became the first scholar to be awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic …
  • VIP Lounge: Former prime minister Dries van Agt
    This entry is part of the series VIP LoungeVIP Lounge was a series of portraits of well-known Dutch people who had gained international fame for their professional achievements at the time of these …
  • VIP Lounge: Fons Rademakers
    This entry is part of the series VIP LoungeVIP Lounge was a series of portraits produced in the late 80’s of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional …
  • VIP Lounge: Johan Cruijff
    This entry is part of the series VIP LoungeVIP Lounge was a series of portraits of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional achievements. In this programme …
  • VIP Lounge: Karel Appel
    VIP Lounge was a series of portraits produced in the late 80’s of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional achievements. In this programme our guest is …
  • VIP Lounge: Harry Mulisch
    This entry is part of the series VIP LoungeVIP Lounge was a series of portraits produced in the late 80’s of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional …
  • 1988: Israel 40 Years
    1988 marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel . This programme takes a look at Israel from a Dutch perspective. It was first broadcast on May 4th, which is the Dutch …
  • The Prince and the Panda: an interview with Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands
    This is an uncut interview made in 1988 with prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (1911-2004), husband of Juliana, queen of the Netherlands from 1948 to 1980.  In 1961 prince Bernhard was a …
  • Rembrandt Express: featuring Prince Charles
    Pete Myers was among a select group of Dutch journalists invited to Kensington Palace to interview Britain’s Crown Prince Charles in 1988 to mark the 300th anniversary of the Glorious …
  • VIP Lounge: Jeroen Krabbé
    This entry is part of the series VIP LoungeVIP Lounge was a series of portraits produced in the late 80’s of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional …
  • 100th anniversary of the Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouw Orchestra
    The Royal Concertgebouw is one of the world’s greatest concert halls, renowned for its nearly perfect acoustics, and the host to performances by some of the most memorable musicians of the 20th …
  • Interview with Joseph Heller
    In this edition of our weekly magazine programme “Rembrandt Express”, Pete Myers speaks with Joseph Heller, the the renowned American novelist and famed author of the classic “Catch …
  • VIP Lounge: Joris Ivens
    This entry is part of the series VIP LoungeVIP Lounge was a series of portraits produced in the late 80’s of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional …
  • Rembrandt Express – Parents of gay children
    Rembrandt Express was a weekly magazine show about the Netherlands, hosted by Pete Myers. In the late 1980’s, he introduced the Gay Front, a monthly column about gay social issues. It was long …
  • Prisons in the Netherlands – The separate society
    By the late 1980s, the Dutch prison system came in for praise from abroad for its low prison population – 6000 prisoners for a population of nearly 15 million – low sentencing and humane …
  • Mirror Images: Jan de Hartog
    Dutch writer Jan de Hartog (1914-2002) was just in his mid-20’s when he suddenly became famous throughout Holland for the unprecedented success of his best-selling novel “Hollands …
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    Rites of passage – an inside look at euthanasia in Holland
    Mercy killing or euthanasia continues to provoke heated debates in most parts of the world. In Holland, according to some estimates, up to 10,000 Dutchmen opt for euthanasia, literally the good …
  • In So Many Words, Language Cultures of the European Community: Part 3, Dutch
    This entry is part of the series European Language CulturesLanguages change constantly. Dutch has been around since the Middle Ages, but it was not until the Golden Age of prosperity in the 17th …
  • Hidden Holland
    This programme was part of a series on lesser noticed aspects of life in the Netherlands. In this episode, a British national discusses with anthropologist Harie Hoetink what has struck her about …
  • Research File Special: 100 years of psychology in the Netherlands
    In the modern age almost every facet of our lives is affected by the findings of the science of psychology: business and politics, the work floor, education, traffic safety, fashion design, etc. Yet …
  • East of Edam: Christmas show 1992
    Maggie Ayre and Dheera Sujan have fun with some awful Christmas songs and fan letters. Mike Bullen analyses the office party, colleagues pick their favourite fantasy figure (Anne Blair Gould, Rina …
  • Happy Station: Pete Myers says Farewell
    This was the final edition of the programme hosted by Pete Myers. When he came to the programme in 1993, “Happy Station” was the oldest international programme still being broadcast and …
  • The Colonial Muse: The East Indies as an Inspiration for the Dutch Novel
    The most famous Dutch novel of the 19th century is “Max Havelaar” by Multatuli (pen name of Eduard Douwes-Dekker (1820-1887). It not only became a classic of European literature but also …
  • Johannes Vermeer
    In the Fall of 1995 and in early 1996 the Mauritshuis in The Hague and the National Gallery in Washington DC jointly hosted a milestone exhibition that brought together the largest number of …
  • Ton Koopman and the Bach Cantatas
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was undoubtedly one of the greatest musical geniuses of all times, and one of his most famous interpreters is Dutch harpsichordist, organist, and conductor of the …
  • Research File: Christiaan Huygens
    This special edition of our science program , Research File, is devoted to the achievements of Dutch 17th- century mathematician and physicist Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695). Huygens’ …
  • Robert van Gulik
    The Dutch mandarin: Robert van Gulik
    In his time, Judge Dee, a historical figure of the Tang Dynasty, earned fame as a magistrate, detective and statesman. Though never forgotten in his own country, it was only in the 20th century that …
  • Living on the land: The new pioneers in Holland, Part 1
    The first of three programmes produced in association with Radio Netherlands, BBC Scotland and RTE Ireland. The people who live on the man-made polders in the north of Amsterdam are sometimes called …
  • Living by the water, Part 1
    In the first of three co-productions between Radio Netherlands, BBC Radio Scotland and RTE Ireland, Maggie Ayre travels down the Rhine with a Dutch husband and wife team who live aboard their motor …
  • Highlands & Lowlands, Part 1 – Terschelling
    The Frisian island of Terschelling remains one of the Netherlands’ last wild nature reserves, with mile upon mile of deserted beaches and sand dunes. Once gloriously isolated, with islanders …
  • Highlands & Lowlands, Part 5: The Frisian experience
    The Frisian language is spoken by more than 300,000 native speakers in the northern Dutch province of Friesland. Although the language was never suppressed in the manner of Gaelic in Scotland or …
  • The Radio Netherlands building in Hilversum
    A Golden Anniversary Celebration – Radio Netherlands’ 50th Anniversary: Part 1, The House
    This entry is part of the series A Golden Anniversary CelebrationThis is probably the most comprehensive audio compilation of what was achieved in the first 50 years of the Dutch external radio …
  • A Golden Anniversary Celebration – Radio Netherlands’ 50th Anniversary: Part 2, the 40’s
    This entry is part of the series A Golden Anniversary CelebrationThis is the second part of an 8-part series broadcast as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Radio Netherlands in March 1997. …
  • A Golden Anniversary Celebration – Radio Netherlands’ 50th Anniversary: Part 3, the 50’s
    This entry is part of the series A Golden Anniversary CelebrationIn this comprehensive audio compilation of what was achieved in the first 50 years of the Dutch external radio broadcaster, this is …
  • The Radio Netherlands building in Hilversum
    A Golden Anniversary Celebration – Radio Netherlands’ 50th Anniversary: Part 4, the early 60’s
    This entry is part of the series A Golden Anniversary CelebrationIn this comprehensive audio compilation of what was achieved in the first 50 years of the Dutch external radio broadcaster, part four …
  • The Radio Netherlands building in Hilversum
    A Golden Anniversary Celebration – Radio Netherlands’ 50th Anniversary: Part 5, the later 60’s
    In this comprehensive audio compilation of what was achieved in the first 50 years of the Dutch external radio broadcaster, part Five of the eight-part series Looks back at the second half of the …
  • The Radio Netherlands building in Hilversum
    A Golden Anniversary Celebration – Radio Netherlands’ 50th Anniversary: Part 6, the 70’s
    This entry is part of the series A Golden Anniversary CelebrationThis is probably the most comprehensive audio compilation of what was achieved in the first 50 years of the Dutch external radio …
  • A Golden Anniversary Celebration – Radio Netherlands’ 50th Anniversary: Part 7, the 80’s
    This entry is part of the series A Golden Anniversary CelebrationThis is probably the most comprehensive audio compilation of what was achieved in the first 50 years of the Dutch external radio …
  • A Golden Anniversary Celebration – Radio Netherlands’ 50th Anniversary: Part 8, the 90’s
    This entry is part of the series A Golden Anniversary CelebrationIn this final chapter of our 8-part series telling the story of Radio Netherlands, we focus on the English language department. With …
  • The Holland Festival’s 50th Anniversary
    The Holland Festival is the oldest and largest performing arts festival in the Netherlands. Founded after the war in 1947 it first took place amid the optimism and hope after the darkness of the war …
  • Piet Mondrian
    While some people are simply reminded of handkerchief designs at the sight of a canvas by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), there is no doubt that he was one of the leading painters of the …
  • Sounds Interesting – Multiculturalism in Holland in 1997
    This edition of the programme focuses on Holland as a multicultural society, political correctness and the problems this creates for newcomers. The programme talks to politicians who originate from …
  • A tale of two cities
    What’s the best thing about Amsterdam? According to the people of Rotterdam, it’s the last train leaving Amsterdam for Rotterdam. In Holland, as in most places, there’s a bit of …
  • Mucho Corazon
    This award-winning programme tells a trans-Atlantic tale of love, music and politics. It is the story of Leon Perlee and Mercedes Sosa, both of them linked to the wooden street organ. He, a restorer …
  • Sounds Interesting – Her Majesty Queen Beatrix at 60
      By the time Queen Beatrix celebrated her 60th birthday in 1998, she had been on the throne of the Netherlands for almost twenty years. By this time she had acquired a great deal of respect …
  • You are what you eat, Part 1: A big fish in a small pond
    The final part of a three-part co-production looking at aspects of national cuisine and the customs associated with serving and receiving food in Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands. Part One is …
  • Anne Frank at school at the age of 12
    Recreating Anne Frank: the Diary Debate
    From its first publication to the plays, films and dispute surrounding the ownership of her name, Anne Frank’s diary continues to stir up controversy. David Swatling investigates the history and …
  • Proud Passage: The Holland America Line
    Since it was founded in Rotterdam in 1873, the Holland America Line has transported about 7 million passengers to destinations around the world…from immigrants setting out for America in the early …
  • A shop for children’s rights
    In the Netherlands, children are being encouraged to stand up for their rights. “My parents are getting divorced. What’s going to happen to me? I’m being bullied at school.” …
  • Wilhelmina: a Kingdom for a queen
    When Queen Wilhelmina inherited the Dutch throne from her father King Willem III of the Netherlands in 1890, she was only ten years old. She was not only the first female monarch of the Netherlands, …
  • Wake of the Half Moon: the Dutch Colony of New Netherland, Part 3 of 3 – The Duke of New Amsterdam
    New Netherland was a vast 17th century colony along the east coast of North America ruled by the Dutch for sixty years. Part Three concerns its darkest hour. Charismatic, if tyrannical governor, …
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    Wake of the Half Moon: the Dutch Colony of New Netherland, Part 1 of 3 – A Propitious Misadventure
    In 1609 Henry Hudson sailed his famous ship “Halve Maen” , the “Half Moon”, up the river in North America that would one day bear his name.  It was the start of the …
  • Wake of the Half Moon: the Dutch Colony of New Netherland, Part 2 of 3- Pioneers and Patroonships
    The story of the pioneers who settled the new Dutch colony of New Netherland, the founding of New Amsterdam, and why the experiment of New Netherland nearly failed. This Dutch 17th-century Colony …
  • Postponed Parenthood
    Around the world, women are postponing motherhood, usually in order to take time for education and the start of a career. When this programme was made, Dutch women were on average 29 years old when …
  • The clouds are our dreams
    Dykes, ditches, windmills, villas and geometric fields – these are some of the features of the Dutch landscape. They reflect Holland’s struggle against the water, the wealth of the Golden …
  • The Letters of Vincent
    We possess over 800 letters by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890). Most of them are addressed to his brother Theo, an art dealer, and they contain a priceless record of Vincent’s thoughts about art …
  • Ruigoord: The vanishing island
    25 years ago, a group of idealists squatted an entire Dutch village and created a utopian art colony and unique nature reserve: Ruigoord. It’s all over now. With plans to expand it harbour …
  • Island life
    James McDonald looks for a corner of the densely populated Netherlands where modern life hasn’t managed to take hold. The island of Schiermonnikoog provides just that. The 1000 inhabitants live …
  • In Father’s Footsteps: Bulk Transport on Europe’s Inland Waterways
    A programme about the disappearing way of life of the inland skippers. Bulk transport on inside vessels, or river barges, accounted for half of Europe’s marine freight traffic when this …
  • Marathon Story
    Reporter Andy Clark takes to the streets in his running shoes to train as he builds up to try and complete his first ever marathon. He seeks advice on survival techniques from veterans of the …
  • The Old Winne Place: Dutch architecture in the New World
    Just south of Albany, New York, a beautiful example of early American Dutch architecture is being lovingly restored, using techniques dating back to when the farmhouse was originally built in the …
  • Operation Vula: a secret Dutch network against apartheid
    This award-winning programme focuses on a secret operation involving the Netherlands Anti-Apartheid Movement, the AABN, during Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment and the apartheid years in South …
  • The Gypsy in My Soul: Sinti and Roma in the Netherlands
      The people who many of us refer to as “gypsies”, but who call themselves Sinti and Roma, are a small ethnic minority in the Netherlands numbering between five and seven thousand at …
  • Panoramic View of Haarlem, c.1670 (Guildhall Gallery, London)
    The Clouds Are Our Mountains: the Uniqueness of the Dutch Landscape
    When the ancient Roman historian Tacitus witnessed how the inhabitants of what is now the Netherlands lived on mounds of muddy earth surrounded by water, he was flabbergasted that anyone would choose …
  • Immigration: the Story of Khaled and Shukria
    Khaled and Shukria Manupal are both physicians. They had a prosperous life and a nice home with their children in Afghanistan, until the Soviet invasion in 1979 forced them to leave their countriy in …
  • A War Requiem: the soldiers’ experience of war
    When the young soldiers who had fought in the trenches of World War I returned home after the armistice of 1918, they were no longer boys but men. Many of them traumatised by their experience of the …
  • Reading the Periphery: the Pioneering World of Dutch 17th century publishing
    Within 100 years of Johann Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, The Netherlands was the publishing center of Europe: With presses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, the most famous name in …
  • Lorentz: the Grand Old Man of Physics
    Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853-1928) was the second Dutchman to win a Nobel Prize, his award was in theoretical physics. Albert Einstein worshipped him as a father figure and he was well respected by …
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    The Rijksmuseum: home of “The Nightwatch”
    The ornate present-day building of the Rijksmuseum, or Dutch National Gallery, is a major tourist attraction in the middle of Amsterdam’s museum quarter, erected at the expanding 19th century …
  • The Science Art of Dr. Sylvius
    In the mid-17th century, Dr. Franciscus Sylvius was a professor of Medicine at Holland’s first and most famous university. The Faculty at Leiden paid double the normal salary to entice the famous …
  • 30 Years of Poetry International
    Radio Netherlands recorded the programming of Rotterdam’s Poetry International Festival from its beginning in 1970. A wide variety of international poets are heard reading their own work, including …
  • Interview with Prince Willem Alexander about being a flying doctor
    In this short interview recorded in Nairobi, Kenya, Willem Alexander talks about his involvement as a pilot with AMREF, the African Medical Research Foundation. He flew with the legendary flying …
  • The Tides of Change: the Netherlands and South Africa
    Time has brought about enormous change in relations between the Netherlands and South Africa: from the days when Dutch settlers founded Capetown and formed the Boer community to the days of Afrikaner …
  • Window to the Past: Holland in 1950
    In 1950, the topic of European unity was being talked about in Holland as much as it is today- but for very different reasons. It was just five years after the end of World War II and the Marshall …
  • Homeless in Holland
    Why, in a country of plenty, with a booming economy and a highly developed welfare system, are there homeless people in Holland? Jonathan Groubert goes onto the streets of major Dutch cities to …
  • Aural Tapestry: Dutch poetry in translation
    In this edition of our weekly arts program David Swatling speaks about the challenges of translating a poem from one language into another. Dutch is not a world language and poetry in the language …
  • The Kruispost
    The Kruispost is one of two medical centres in Amsterdam staffed by volunteers. Its purpose is to offer medical treatment to those who have fallen through the health insurance safety net, such as …
  • The mill at Rijnwoude on the Lagenwaardse Polder (Photo-Vincent van Zeijst, Wikimedia Commons)
    The Sound Fountain Series on “Fences”: Liberating the Dutch Landscape, Part 4 of 4
    In the last of a four-part series on Fences, The Sound Fountain concentrates on Holland, where the countryside has been tamed more than in any other country of the world. The Dutch landscape was …
  • Chris Chambers meets Marijke Jongbloed
    In this unedited interview, Chris Chambers speaks with leading Dutch filmmaker Marijke Jongbloed (1956-2016), best known for her feature-length and award-winning documentaries, often about social …
  • Rekindling the Flame: Dutch folk music
    Dutch Folk Music may be a thin flame compared to the bonfire of flamenco, and it’s nearly extinguished in The Netherlands, but the folk tradition is alive and well across the border in Flanders, in …
  • Bhutan and Zeeland
    Hélène Michaud reports on an unusual project to help imorove bio-diversity in Dutch agriculture. It appears that most of the wheat grown in Holland is not suitable for baking good bread. Bhutan, with …
  • The Island on Dryland: the Dutch Island of Schokland
    In this programme we hear the strange story of the Dutch Island of Schokland. For centuries islanders battled against the raging Zuider sea. In 1859 they lost the fight and were forced off their …
  • Journalist Willem Oltmans at a press conference in 1983
    Interview with Willem Oltmans on the Dutch monarchy
    In this uncut interview with Bertine Krol, Willem Oltmans talks freely (and outrageously, sometimes) about the monarchy, Queen Beatrix, Prince Claus, Prine Willem Alexander and his future (?) wife …
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    Dutch Horizons – Gay marriages
    In this edition, a report by Chris Chambers on the historic first official marriage of homosexuals in Amsterdam’s Town Hall. Howard Shannon meets David Winner, author of a book on Dutch soccer: …
  • Classic Dutch: Marcel Worms and the Global Blues
    This entry is part of the series Classic Dutch“Classic Dutch” is a panorama of classical music composed or performed in the Netherlands through the centuries. Most of the music in this …
  • Two Tales of the City: Water and Land in Amsterdam, Part 1 of 2- The Dikereeve’s Tale
    In this new millenium, Amsterdam like so many cities around the world has been facing the challenge of building for an expanding population, a changing economy, and new technologies. In these two …
  • Two Tales of the City: Water and Land in Amsterdam, Part 2 of 2- The Windmiller’s Tale
    In this new millenium, Amsterdam like so many cities around the world has been facing the challenge of building for an expanding population, a changing economy, and new technologies. In these two …
  • Social housing
    A roof over every head – 100 years of the Dutch housing act
    The purpose of the Act was to provide safe, affordable housing for everybody. This resulted in a number of monuments of social housing. In the programme, Michele Ernsting reports on how the Act, …
  • Cycling with Frits
    It was in the early 80’s that the first announcement was made about the disease that has come to be known as AIDS. In the late 80’s, David Swatling was given a cassette tape for his …
  • Palace of Dreams: the Tuschinski Movie Theatre in Amsterdam
    It is one of the most lavish movie theatres to be built in its time, a pioneering monument to the new medium of cinema, a palace for the dreams of movie-goers from bored housewives to weary workers, …
  • Baking Holy Bread
    An intimate profile of Antoine de Bakker. His name in Dutch means “The Baker” and he earned his living making the machines necessary to produce Holy Communion hosts. These very thin …
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    Wide Angle – Racism in the Netherlands
    After September 11, 2001, Muslims in the Netherlands became outsiders almost overnight. They are distrusted, feared and even hated. Andy Clark finds out how this could have happened from Yassin …
  • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
    Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: The Orpheus of Amsterdam, Part 1 – A Church Organist
    Part One: A Church Organist Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was one of the most important composers of his time. Born in 1562, he became resident organist at Amsterdam’s Oude Kerk, or Old Church, and …
  • Goddess of the Netherlands: Belle van Zuylen
    Isabelle Agneta Elisabeth van Tuyll van Serooskerken (1740-1805) was her full name at birth, an impressive enough name on its own. She came to be known as simply Belle van Zuylen, the future Isabelle …
  • Johannis de Rijke: the Dutch Sensai
    Johannis de Rijke (1842-1913) was the son of a humble dyke worker from Zeeland. Yet by the time he died, he had reached the highest position ever reached by a foreigner in Japan and was a regular …
  • Retracing the Routes: Globalization and Holland’s Tulip Trade
    This program was part of a series called Global Perspectives on the challenges presented to business and industry during the early years of globalization. The Netherlands has dominated the tulip …
  • Searching for Arianna
    Arianna Nozeman (1628-1661) was the first actress on the Dutch stage. Although she came from a family of thespians, this was a daring career choice for a woman in Calvinist Holland, given the …
  • The VOC Archives: the Records of the Dutch East India Company
    Over 400 years ago, in 1602, the Dutch East India Company was set up with trading posts all over the world, and it grew into the first and biggest multinational commercial enterprise of its time. The …
  • The Story of Nemo and Ebyan: Two Somali Refugee Children in the Netherlands
    In 1988 a civil war broke out in Somalia, in the horn of Africa. Nearly a million people had to flee the fighting. Some settled in other African countries, but many also went to the United States and …
  • Black Face, White Heart: African recruits in the Dutch East Indies army
    This documentary tells the untold story of the Black Dutchmen Belanda Hitam. In the nineteenth century, between 1831 to 1872, three thousand West Africans were recruited to serve in the Dutch East …
  • A Significant Present: Dutch Mennonites in Poland
    Mennonites are a group of Christians founded by a former priest from Friesland, Menno Simons, in the 16th century. In spite of centuries of persecution and discrimination because of their strong …
  • Aural Tapestry: A taal tale
    The Dutch language is the subject of this programme, more specifically a foreigner’s difficulty with it. David Swatling meets Dr. Robert Druce, editor of the new edition of “An …
  • Classic Dutch: The Netherlands Chamber Choir
    This entry is part of the series Classic Dutch“Classic Dutch” is a panorama of classical music, composed or performed in the Netherlands through the centuries. Most of the music in this …
  • Classic Dutch: Peter Van Onna
    This entry is part of the series Classic Dutch“Classic Dutch” is a panorama of classical music composed or performed in the Netherlands through the centuries. Most of the music in this …
  • Rivers of the World: the Vecht in Holland
    This entry is part of the series Rivers of the WorldRivers cradle the world’s earliest civilizations. Mythology and religion were born on their banks. They provide us with life-giving water. We eat …
  • Samuel Sarphati
    As a young Amsterdam physician of Portuguese and Spanish Jewish descent, Samuel Sarphati (1813-1866) worked early in his career to improve the living conditions of broad sections of the population in …
  • Lysistrata Rising: a Women’s Worldwide Protest against War
    Protests against the war in Iraq took many forms: demonstrations, marches, candlelight vigils. But one of the most unique and peaceful actions took place on March 3, 2003. In more than 1000 venues in …
  • Traces of War: Survivors of the Burma and Pakanbaroe Railroad
    “Traces of War” is a book created by photographer Jan Banning about 24 men who survived slave labour on the construction of the notorious Burmese and Pakanbaroe railroads. The railway …
  • The Right Side: Dutch Communists 50 Years after Stalin
    When Joseph Stalin died in 1953, many people all over the world truly mourned. Several generations later, this reaction is difficult to understand, given the millions of people that were killed under …
  • Keeping Up With Calvin: the Dutch and Calvinism
    Chris Chambers explores the relationship between the Netherlands and the philosophy of the protestant religious reformer John Calvin. Calvinism has been a major and formidable influence on the Dutch …
  • A Tribute to Jonathan Marks
    This is the audio tribute colleagues and friends made for Jonathan Marks when he ended his career of over twenty years at Radio  Netherlands in 2003.  He made a deep impact during …
  • The Magnificent Mollusc
    An excursion to Yerseke in the southwestern coastal province Zeeland in search of the perfect Dutch oyster, served up with a few old time recipes. Produced and presented by Chris Chambers Released in …
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    Classic Dutch: Cellist Anner Bylsma
    “Classic Dutch” is a panorama of classical music, composed or performed in the Netherlands through the centuries. Most of the music in this series was selected from among the huge wealth …
  • Tour de Goose: Migratory Birds in the Netherlands
    Every year the Netherlands is the favorite stopover of millions of migrating birds, including one-and-a-half million geese. It’s all about location, location, location. The Netherlands has the …
  • Holland’s Second Queen: Annie M G Schmidt
    There isnt a Dutch person alive who doesnt know the characters Jip and Janneke – toddlers who have all sorts of adventures that can be read out in perfect bedtime story chunks. Going onto their 50th …
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    Six Ways to Vermeer
      A montage documentary about one of the greatest of the Dutch Masters, Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) of Delft, using six of his paintings to look at aspects of his life and …
  • A Man’s Choice: a Look at Male Contraceptives
    Over the past 40 years an amazing range of contraceptive products have been developed for women. For men nothing new has emerged. Fathers and lovers just have to make do with condoms or vasectomy – …
  • Centre for asylum-seekers in the north of the Netherlands
    Joop de Jong of the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation
    During wars and their immediate aftermath, the United Nations and international aid organisations try to help deal with people’s most immediate needs: food, shelter, water and sanitation. In recent …
  • Basement Sessions: Historic Dutch Jazz Recordings, Part 5
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  • Basement Sessions: Historic Dutch Jazz Recordings, Part 6
    This entry is part of the series Basement Sessions: Historic Dutch Jazz RecordingsProducer David Swatling and host Hans Mantel delve into the Radio Netherlands jazz archives. This program features …
  • Basement Sessions – Historic Dutch Jazz Recordings, Part 9
    This entry is part of the series Basement Sessions: Historic Dutch Jazz RecordingsProducer David Swatling and host Hans Mantel delve into the Radio Netherlands jazz archives . In Part 9, they present …
  • Basement Sessions: Historic Dutch Jazz Recordings, Part 12
    This program features the Tower of Babel Jazz Quintet at the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival as well as recordings from the 1960’s of the voice of the legendary Rita Reys (1924-2013). From the time of …
  • Basement Sessions: Historic Dutch Jazz Recordings, Part 13
    This entry is part of the series Basement Sessions: Historic Dutch Jazz RecordingsProducer David Swatling and host Hans Mantel delve into the Radio Netherlands jazz archives. This program contains …
  • The Winged Muse: Swans
    Swans have inspired some of the world’s most beautiful music, poetry and legends. Many people from saints to kings have been identified with swans, like the Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, …
  • The Day the World Came to an End: the Great Delft Thunderclap of 1654
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  • Releasing the River: Restoring the Rhythms of the Zambian Wetlands
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  • Adams in Amsterdam, Part 1 of 3: “A Poet in Your Pocket”
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  • Adams in Amsterdam, Part 2 of 3: “Dearest of Friends”
    During the American war of independence from Britain, many years before he became the second American president, John Adams represented his country as the first American ambassador to the …
  • Adams in Amsterdam, Part 3 of 3: “The Two Republics”
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  • 100 Years of Nature Conservation in the Netherlands
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  • Beatrix: A Silver Year for the House of Orange
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  • Harm van der Wal
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  • Painting by a traumatised asylum-seeker
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  • Dutch Profiles: Govert Schilling
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  • Keeping the Peace: Dutch Peacekeepers in Afghanistan
    In 2002, the Netherlands sent a peace-keeping contingent to Afghanistan as part of ISAF, the International Security and Assistance Force. In this program we speak with some of the officers and …
  • Dutch Astronaut André Kuipers – a two-part interview
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  • Homebirth in Holland
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  • The Fairbridge Farm School
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  • Running with Atalanta: Human Trafficking
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  • The diary of Otto van Eck
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  • Rembrandt: Portraits of the Artist
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  • Copyists, Collectors, and Curators: Rembrandt’s modern-day heirs
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  • Little Fish in a Multicultural Pond: De Baarsjes
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  • Art Historian Gary Schwartz
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  • Theo Jansen: Playing God with Sculpture
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  • Matthijs Van Boxsel: recognised expert on stupidity
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  • The CCTV Tower in Beijing by Rem Koolhaas
    The daring design of the new headquarters of China Central Television, the state media of the People’s Republic, is controversial for both architectural as well as political reasons. The …
  • Lonely Funeral: Burying Amsterdam’s anonymous dead
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