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  • 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 …
  • Happy Station – Clarissa & Maxine
    (© Kevin Christopher Burke) Pete Myers and Jonathan Groubert explore the joys of womanhood. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)…
  • Afro-Scene: male circumcision
    In this programme, John Hammond looks at male circumcison in Africa tht sometimes goes horribly wrong, q/a with a Dutch doctor how this operation should be performed and the risks. The programme also …
  • Frits Bolkenstein on Dutch tolerance
    Hélène Michaud meets VVD leader Frits Bolkenstien who was in the news at the time because of his critical remarks about asylum seekers, refugees and foreigners. They talk about Dutch tolerance, the …
  • Siren Song – Deirdre McCloskey
    Dheera Sujan meets the internationally renowned economist Deirdre McCloseky, at the time holding the Tinbergen Chair at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University. Professor McCloskey started life as …
  • Peter the Great: Part 3 of 3 (A new Russia)
    There are very good reasons for calling “the most excellent and great sovereign prince Pyotr Aleskeyevich, leader of all the Russias” czar Peter the Great. It is impossible to exaggerate …
  • You Say Tomato: British vs American English
    “Two countries divided by a common language”, so said the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw about the difference between British and American English. American Robert Chesal and Brit …
  • Willem Barentz – Wintering on Nova Zembla
    In 1596, a Dutch ship under Willem Barentz got stuck in the ice of the Arctic Ocean near Nova Zembla, during an attempt to discover a Northeast Passage to Asia. They had to try and survive the Arctic …
  • Siren Song: VOC ship Duyfken
    Dheera Sujan happened to be in Perth when Crown Prince Willem Alexander laid the keel for the replica of the VOC shp Duyfken, which brought the first white man to Western Australia. At the same time, …
  • Siren Song: The evolution of fairy tales
    Fairy tales are often far from lighthearted stories for children. They have evolved from dark beginnings, working on our primeval fear of monsters within and monsters without. Often they had moral …
  • Aural Tapestry – More than home movies
    David Swatling talks to documentary film makers at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. They all have something in common: they have taken a family story and made it into much …
  • Merry monks and mad malters
    It’s little known outside of Europe, but Belgian beer is probably the best in the world. From the mediaeval monastic health studs, through the ales of Antwerp, the lambic tradition of Brussels …
  • Research File Special on beer and brewing in Holland and England
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  • Beyond the broad axe (Vikings)
    The word Viking conjures up an image of a ruthless, horn-helmeted warrior. But Viking culture is misunderstood. Ever since 793, the men, from the north have influence culture and in politics from …
  • Spirits in turmoil
      Eight years ago, the Berlin Wall fell, and one by one the Communist regimes in the former East Bloc collapsed. Freedom was initially welcomed, but it has come at a great cost: massive …
  • Amalia van Solms
    Aural Tapestry: The Royal Court of The Hague
    To mark The Hague’s 750th anniversary in 1998, David Swatling focuses on an important era in the city’s history with the help of two exhibitions. One, Princely Display, presents a vivid …
  • Aural Tapestry – the Wooster Group
      David Swatling meets members of the avant garde American Wooster Group who were at the Holland Festival in 1998 with their production of the Hairy Ape, by Eugene O’Neill. The programme …
  • Aural Tapestry: The cat’s meow
    Mindy Ran indulges her love of cats: cats as gods in ancient times, cats and religion/superstition, cats and literature from Hamlet, TS Elliot, Alice In Wonderland and Dr. Seuss. Share this:Click to …
  • Sentenced for Life
    After a shocking case of serial sexual abuse by a high school teacher, Dutch educators struggled to find more effective ways to detect and put a stop to sexual misconduct. Robert Chesal investigates. …
  • Stories of Our Century: “The Diary of Anne Frank”
    In 1999, Radio Netherlands broadcast a series of 12 programmes telling the story of the 20th century through famous books. In each programme a guest speaker gives us the historical background behind …
  • The Sun Programmes
    A two-part series on the sun. In part one, a personal view of the August 1999 total eclipse of the sun by Laura Durnford. In part two, a portrait of the sun, our nearest star. Share this:Click to …
  • Once upon a time in Western Europe
    Michele Ernsting discovers that there are dozens of Country and Western shops which have opened up in the Netherlands in the past few years. The Netherlands is an urbanised and regulated country, yet …
  • Dutch tulips
    Aural Tapestry – Tulipomania Dotcom 1
    In this two-part series, David Swatling compares the tulip mania of the 17th century with the latest new economy hype. Part One: The Hype Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new …
  • Blood River memorial
    From the high veld to high tech
    Afrikaners have gone down in history as the Boers who fought the British around 1900, as well as the perpetrators of apartheid. But what is becoming of the Afrikaners and their language in …
  • Aural Tapestry – The Masters’ Children
    David Swatling examines how the Dutch masters of the Golden Age portrayed children in their paintings, the symbolism of presenting children in a certain way, etc.  His guests includes Simon …
  • Aural Tapestry – Music and the Masters
    David Swatling focuses on the relationship between the Dutch masters, their paintings and music. Some paintings in the 17th century had music as a theme. Others, such as paintings of weddings or …
  • Aural Tapestry – Hildegard von Bingen
    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, …
  • Coming home
    Maggie Ayre meets three Dutch people – two men and a woman – who went oversees (to the United States, Tasmania and South Africa) in search of happiness, love and a new life. After many …
  • Sound Fountain: Technotopia
    One of the meanings of “utopia” is nowhere, a place that doesn’t exist. What better place to find one than cyberspace, in other words the internet as utopia. But will it be a perfet …
  • The Human Body in Art – The Body divine
    From a very early stage, man began to put human form to the gods he worshipped. The first part of this two-part series focusses on three periods in history when the human body was used to represent …
  • The Dutch royal couple visiting the province of Drenthe
    Interview with Niek van Sas on the Dutch monarchy
    Bertine Krol speaks with Niek van Sas, professor of modern history, about the Dutch monarchy, how it came about, what the powers and influence – real and presumed – are of the Dutch head …
  • Chris Chambers meets Dr. Anton Zijderveld
    In this unedited interview (for Talking it Over), Chris Chamber talks extensively with sociologist Dr. Anton Zijderveld about his years in a Japanese camp, his belief in institutions (without them …
  • Foreign domestic worker
    Roses by different names – domestic workers overseas
    Martha Hawley reports on the plight of women from developing countries in Asia (Philippines and Sri Lanka), Africa and Latin America who come to work in Europe as domestics to improve the quality of …
  • Chris Chambers meets Louise Groenman
    Louise Groenman (©Rob Bogaerts) Chris Chambers talks to perhaps the most influential woman in the Netherlands. She is a fomer politician who holds a wide range of functions: on the board of the …
  • Sound Fountain: Read to live
    One of the greatest inventions of the human race has to be the alphabet, written symbols which have given us the ability to pass on knowledge, beauty, information and philosophical concepts through …
  • Research File: science and fiction
    In part three of Science and Society, Mindy Ran looks at the relationship between science and fiction. H.G. Well’s “War of the Worlds”, for instance. So good were some fantasy …
  • Ripples in the pond
    Ripples in the pond – personal thoughts on suicide
    Am I the master of my own life? Are any of us? Or do our responsibilities to the ones who love us make the co-owners of our lives? Do we have the right to put the full stop at the end of our own …
  • Sound Fountain: The real Kamasutra
    The Kamasutra has been used and misused over the centuries. Its name has become synonymous with exotic sex. But in fact, it is a treatise on pleasure. It’s latest translator from Sanskrit, …
  • A Good Life: Domestic violence
    In this Good Life Special, Dheera Sujan looks at domestic violence in the Netherlands. Official figures show that 43% of the Dutch population has at some time been the victim of either physical, …
  • Wide Angle: Sins of the fathers
    Ann Marie Michel examines the plight of the children whose fathers collaborated with the German Nazis during the Second World War. We hear from a historian who has written from first-hand experience …
  • Dutch Horizons: The Amsterdam Forum – Job Cohen
    This is the first in an occasional series of programmes in which leading figures in Dutch society are inverviewed before a live audience about politics, social issues, the arts and culture. The …
  • Wide Angle – Pim Fortuyn’s assassination
    Wide Angle looks back over the week in which Pim Fortuyn was shot dead. There are reactions from politicians, ordinary people, journalists and analysts. How will the dead man’s party do in the …
  • Aural Tapestry: A Three Colour Opera
    David Swatling explores the extraordinary life and work of Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon. She created 1300 gouaches, or water colours, depicting her life in only 18 months while living in the …
  • Sound Fountain: A portrait of the devil
    We use his name in vain every day. He is the image of our nightmares. He is the ultimate temptor. He is the father of our desire. But who really is the devil? Is he a personification of evil, or is …
  • Sound Fountain: The divine presence of angels
    People are keen to believe in angels or something akin to them that protect us. Dheera Sujan has been finding out why. Why were angels “invented”? What do they look like? Can we …
  • Dutch Horizons: Terschelling
    Terschelling is located on the Wadden Sea, an area rich in wildlife, which has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The island is a maze of sand dunes and nature reserves, which makes it a …
  • A Bosnian Christmas carol
    Jonathan Groubert followed his Bosnian in-laws up a mountain to his wife’s hometown for a brandy-soaked and exhausting – but ultimately poignant – Serbian Orthodox Christmas ritual. …
  • Research File special: The search for exoplanets
    Govert Schilling: Astronomical journalist, Utrecht, Netherlands Professor Andreas Quirrenbach, Leiden University Observatory, Netherlands Professor Joseph Braat, Technical University, Delft, …
  • Why War?: Einstein’s question to Freud
    The scientist Albert Einstein is best know for solving some of the greatest mysteries of time and space – yet there was another question which plagued him throughout his life. In 1932 he was given a …
  • Press freedom in Israel and the occupied territories
    In 2004, the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians had been intensifying in the wake of the second intifada or Palestinian uprising. Suicide bombings perpetrated by Palestinian extremists and …
  • Flamenco
    Aural Tapestry – Paco Peña’s Passion
    David Swatling meets Paco Peña, the master of flamenco and composer of flamenco of the Misa Flamenca. The interview covers the origin of flamenco and the idea behind his flamenco mass and features …
  • Haiti: the worst place in the Americas to have a baby
    Throughout the developing world, pregnancy is fraught with danger. There is little or no pre-natal care, hospitals and clinics are often far away, and mothers are often expected to pay to give birth. …
  • 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 …