World Scene

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  • Window on Holland 1957
    Good old-fashioned radio roundup of the year’s main events from the Dutch perspective. Our annual newsreel looks back on the main events that affected Holland and the world in 1957: scientific …
  • Window on Holland 1958
    Good old-fashioned radio roundup of the year’s main events from the Dutch perspective, with interesting little facts and sound bites about Holland and the world in 1958: Queen Elizabeth I and …
  • Window on Holland 1960
    Good old-fashioned radio roundup of the year’s main events from the Dutch perspective. These newsreel-style programmes contain interesting little facts and sound bites about Holland and the …
  • Pete Myers interviews Judith Hart and Ethel Merman
    (© Library of Congress) Pete Myers’ guests in this edition of the BBC programme “PM” are two very vibrant, dynamic and different women: parliamentarian Judith Hart and …
  • Media Wars: Radio Propaganda Past and Present, Part 1 – How it all got started
    In this first part of a six-part series produced for Media Network in the 1980’s, in the heat of the Cold War, Jonathan Marks delves into the earliest attempts to use the medium of radio, in …
  • Media Wars: Radio propaganda past and present, Part 2 – You are My Enemy. Pass the sugar, please.
    This entry is part of the series Media Wars: Radio Propaganda Past and PresentThis second episode on the history of radio propaganda looks at the media wars in the Dutch East Indies, present-day …
  • Media Wars: Radio Propaganda Past and Present, Part 3 – Comparing 1946, 1962 +1982
    This entry is part of the series Media Wars: Radio Propaganda Past and PresentWhat’s the difference between 1946, 1962 and 1982 when it comes to radio propaganda? There are interesting …
  • Media Wars: Radio Propaganda Past and Present, Part 4 – Let Governments Stick to Governing
    This entry is part of the series Media Wars: Radio Propaganda Past and PresentThis edition of Media Wars looks at how governments often make a mess of the message they are trying to put across. We …
  • Media Wars: Radio Propaganda Past and Present, Part 5 – The Method of Attack
    This entry is part of the series Media Wars: Radio Propaganda Past and PresentThis episode looks at clandestine broadcasting across Africa, illustrated with unique off-air recordings from the late …
  • Media Wars: Radio Propaganda Past and Present, Part 6 – Who’s Listening Anyway?
    This entry is part of the series Media Wars: Radio Propaganda Past and PresentWhen this final programme in our series on radio propaganda was produced in 1982, we were probably at the height of the …
  • The Celebrated Korean Violinist Kyung Wha Chung
    Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1948, Kyung Wha Chung became an internationally renowned violinist. She was a child prodigy, even by the standards of her siblings, a family of extraordinarily gifted …
  • The Illusion of nuclear superiority
    In June 1983, at the height of the international debate on the proposed deployment of Cruise missiles in Europe to counter the deployment of Soviet SS-20 missiles in Eastern Europe, a panel …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Interview with the Dalai Lama in November 1989
    This is an unedited 40-minute interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists and one of the world’s most revered advocates of non-violence and altruism. The …
  • The 1989 Edison Classics
    The Edison Award, the annual Dutch distinction for achievement in music, is one of the world’s oldest music awards. First presented in 1960, the Edison goes to musicians and performers in many …
  • Zubin Mehta
    Born in Bombay, the charismatic and cosmopolitan orchestra conductor Zubin Mehta has had an international career that has spanned the continents and brought together the western classical music …
  • Brief Encounters: Pete Myers’ diaries, Part 1
    As a young rising star in radio at the BBC, Pete Myers interviewed some of the most memorable people in the entertainment world of his time. He decided in 1972 to keep a record of his impressions of …
  • Great Balls of Fire: Popular Music in the 1950’s, Part 6 – 1955
    This entry is part of the series Great Balls of Fire.In this nine-part radio essay, Pete Myers tells the stories behind the music and the people that created the sounds of the 1950’s. This was …
  • Great Balls of Fire: Popular Music in the 1950’s, Part 7 – 1956
    This entry is part of the series Great Balls of FireIn this nine-part radio essay, Pete Myers tells the stories behind the music and the people that created the sounds of the 1950’s. This was …
  • Buddy Holly (publicity picture for Brunswick Records)
    Great Balls of Fire: Popular Music in the 1950’s, Part 8 – 1957
    This entry is part of the series Great Balls of FireIn this nine-part radio essay, Pete Myers tells the stories behind the music and the people that created the sounds of the 1950’s. This was …
  • Great Balls of Fire: Popular Music in the 1950’s, Part 9 – 1958 and 1959
    This entry is part of the series Great Balls of FireIn this nine-part radio essay, Pete Myers tells the stories behind the music and the people that created the sounds of the 1950’s. This was …
  • Here’s to You ’92: Happy Station New Year’s Day Special
    Music and thoughts about the big events expected in the forthcoming year. In this special edition of Happy Station Pete Myers looks forward to the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, the U.S. …
  • Research File Special: the witnessing of an evolution of a star – a scientific approach to love
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  • Newsline: Radio Netherlands’ daily current affairs programme
    At the start of 1980’s, the Radio Netherlands’ English department led the transition from mainly entertainment shows to developing a reputation for high-quality feature programmes. The …
  • Happy Station: D-Day Special 5 June, 1994
    This programme marked the 50th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6th, 1944 —”D-Day”—the beginning of the end of Hitler’s Nazi Reich. Presenter Pete Myers was a …
  • Butchered Lamb (©Flickr/Burkazoid)
    Bringing Home the Beef: a 2-documentary on Meat Production and Consumption/Part 1- The Human Factor
    Everyone now knows the facts. And the facts keep coming: mass production and consumption of meat and dairy products cannot be sustained. Meat is not a viable global source of nutrition or income in …
  • Butchered lamb (© Flickr/Burkazoid)
    Bringing Home the Beef: a 2-part documentary on Meat Production and Consumption/ Part 2- The Animals
    Everyone now knows the facts. And the facts keep coming: mass production and consumption of meat and dairy products cannot be sustained. Meat is not a viable global source of nutrition or income in …
  • Titanic: a 20th century parable
    The sinking of the luxury ocean liner RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage in 1912 continues to fascinate people. The loss of over 1,500 lives made it one of the greatest peacetime maritime disasters in …
  • The Senses: Smell, Part 1 of 5
    This entry is part of the series The SensesIn this “Siren Song” special series on the senses, we begin with one of our most overlooked senses, the sense of smell. And yet it is difficult …
  • The Senses: Sound, part 2 of 5
    This entry is part of the series The SensesThis second part of a “Siren Song” special series looks at our sense of sound. How would we communicate without speech and laughter even in the …
  • The Senses: Sight, part 3 of 5
    This entry is part of the series The SensesThis third part of a “Siren Song” special series looks at our sense of sight. It is said that eighty percent of our perception comes from this …
  • The Senses: Taste, part 4 of 5
    This entry is part of the series The SensesWith its inevitable link to food and drink, taste is probably the one sense that links health to pleasure more closely than any of the other senses. Eating, …
  • The Senses: Touch, part 5 of 5
    This entry is part of the series The SensesIn this last part of the series on the senses, we discuss one of the most controversial of our senses, touch, subject of numerous rules and rituals about …
  • The Battle of the Atlantic
    The Battle of the Atlantic, a fierce five-year battle fought in the ocean during World War II, was one of the most intense and violent naval confrontations in history. It is the story of the ships …
  • Millennium: Waiting for the End, Part 1 of 2
    In western Christian culture, the arrival of a millenium, a one-thousand-year milestone measuring the time since the birth of Jesus Christ, is a date of great psychological significance. This …
  • Millennium: The Threshold, Part 2 of 2
    It’s just a number, you might say– the year two thousand. And yet the start of a new millennium has been the focus of great fears of destruction and extinction, on the one hand, and …
  • Siren Song: International Woman’s Day 1997
    Marking International Women’s Day 1997, Siren Song presenter Dheera Sujan speaks with two leading writers: Marilyn French (1929-2009), whose many thought-provoking books include “The …
  • Wide Angle: Médecins sans Frontières discredited
    Wide Angle was a weekend Programme looking at the issues behind the news. In 1997 Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) was accused of inflating the number of Rwandan refugees it helped …
  • Poor Kenyan boy in Nairobi rubbish dump
    The challenge – the eradication of poverty
    The United Nations proclaimed 1996 the international year for the eradication of poverty. The goal was to lift a quarter of the world’s population out of extreme poverty, which, for over one billion …
  • Mirror Images: Contemporary Art – Dokumenta 10
    Roughly every five years a world summit of contemporary art is held in Kassel, Germany. In 1997 “Documenta”, as this 100-day event is called, was held for the tenth time. Documenta X was …
  • Mary Robinson – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
    This is a live UN-organised one-hour interview with the appointed UN High Commissioner, former Irish President Mary Robinson. Interviewers come from a range of radio stations, including VOA, Deutsche …
  • The angel of Cortona
    What does the archangel Gabriel have in common with Steven Spielberg’s ET? Everything, according to the retired cardiologist Arend Jan Dunning, who’s written extensively on myths: whether …
  • Siren Song: PEN/UNPO
    Two features in this programme: Michele Ernsting meets three women leaders of very different cultures at a conference of the UNPO, the Unrepresented People’s Organisation. Dheera Sujan attended …
  • The Thirsty Earth: Thirsty Towns, Thirsty Cities, Part 3
    Water resources are getting scarcer all around the world. Even in a country such as the Netherlands – for centuries the victim of flooding – pollution and population pressures are putting …
  • The Thirsty Earth: The rain in Spain, Part 2
    Water resources are getting scarcer all around the world. Even in the a country like the Netherlands, for centuries the victims of flooding, pollution and population pressure are putting ever greater …
  • Childless by choice
    It’s assumed that just about everybody loves babies and wants to have children. That is, of course, a fallacy. So why do some people never have children? Overpopulation, a dislike of children, …
  • The way it is: Unicef at 50
    The United Nations Children’s Fund is an organisation which resonates with hope for our tomorrows but rings with despair for all our yesterdays. Hope because children are our future, despair …
  • The Thisty Earth: To pump or drown, Part 1
    Water resources are getting scarcer all around the world. Even in the a country like the Netherlands, for centuries the victims of flooding, pollution and population pressure are putting ever greater …
  • Hemp: raw material of the future
    To list but a few, it can be used for rope, textiles, clothing, shoes, insulation, the seed is edible, the oils can be used in cosmetics and even in canccer and AIDS research. In short, hemp is a …
  • Crazy: A modern look at schizophrenia
      Schizophrenia hits one in every 100 people around the world – men and women, old and young, rich and poor – yet scientists are still not entirely sure why and how schizophrenia …
  • Entering the old age of plastics
    Mention the word plastic nowadays and you immediately envision piles of toxic trash swirling around the oceans and choking the fish and seabirds. But there is also the problem of the loss of valuable …
  • Mahatma Gandhi: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of His Death
    It is difficult to adequately assess the political and spiritual importance of the life of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948). He was assassinated in Delhi on January 30, 1998 but his legacy as an ethical …
  • The Spice Lords: the History of the VOC, Part 3 of 4
    The VOC (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie) or Dutch East India Company was the world’s first multinational commercial empire. For nearly two hundred years, from the time it was established in …
  • The Spice Lords: the History of the VOC, Part 4 of 4
    The VOC (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie) or Dutch East India Company was the world’s first multinational commercial empire. For nearly two hundred years, from the time it was established in …
  • Diamonds: The Seven “C’s”, Part 1 – Color, Cut, Carat and Clarity
    Experts traditionally judge the quality of a finished diamond by four criteria: cut, clarity, color and carat. But there is a dark side to the story of this brilliant, beautiful stone—the hardest …
  • Diamonds: The Seven “C’s”, Part 2 – Cartels, Confidence, and Concessions
    Experts traditionally judge the quality of a finished diamond by four criteria: cut, clarity, color and carat. But there is a dark side to the story of this brilliant, beautiful stone—the hardest …
  • 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 …
  • Aural Tapestry: Four unusual gay actvisits
    David Swatling visits the 11th International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. Its “gay” programme featured several impressive films. David meets the maker of “You can’t …
  • Stories of Our Century: “All Quiet on the Western Front”
    This entry is part of the series Stories of Our CenturyIn 1999, Radio Netherlands broadcast a series of 12 programmes telling the story of the 20th century through famous books. In each programme, a …
  • Stories of Our Century: “Doctor Zhivago”
    This entry is part of the series Stories of Our CenturyIn 1999, Radio Netherlands broadcast a series of 12 programmes telling the story of the 20th century through famous books. In each programme a …
  • Stories of Our Century: “The Grapes of Wrath”
    This entry is part of the series Stories of Our CenturyIn 1999, Radio Netherlands broadcast a series of 12 programmes telling the story of the 20th century through famous books. In each programme a …
  • 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 …
  • Stories of Our Century: “Century of the Wind”
    This entry is part of the series Stories of Our CenturyIn 1999, Radio Netherlands broadcast a series of 12 programmes telling the story of the 20th century through famous books. In each programme a …
  • Stories of Our Century: “Wild Swans”
    This entry is part of the series Stories of Our CenturyIn 1999, Radio Netherlands broadcast a series of 12 programmes telling the story of the 20th century through famous books. In each programme a …
  • Stories of Our Century: “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold”
    This entry is part of the series Stories of Our CenturyIn 1999, Radio Netherlands marked the end of the millenium with a series of 12 programmes telling the story of the 20th century through famous …
  • Stories of Our Century: “Brave New World”
    This entry is part of the series Stories of Our CenturyIn 1999, Radio Netherlands broadcast a series of 12 programmes telling the story of the 20th century through famous books. In each programme a …
  • Grinding clarity
    One thousand years ago, an Arab scientist described the amazing magnifying properties of a glass lens. It took another three hundred years before an accurate lens was made, and another three hundred …
  • Staple foods: Part 1, Rice, The white goddess
    Rice, often called “the white goddess” is the staple food of half of the planet’s population. Its history is the history of organised agriculture. It has change societies, played a …
  • Staple foods: Part 2, The perfect potato
    How did potatoes get to Europe? How did they become so popular? Michele Ernsting answers these questions and many more as she travels from Holland to England, Ireland and the Andes mountains in …
  • Staple foods: Part 3, Noodles
    Noodles can be made of wheat, buckwheat, rice, potatoes, beans, peas…you name it. Noodles are cheap, convenient and keep almost forever. Jane Murphy explores the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, …
  • Pulling the Plug on Pox
    Smallpox is regarded as one of the most consequential of all the pestilential diseases that have plagued humanity for the past ten thousand years. One in three could die from it during an epidemic, …
  • 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 …
  • Interview with Prince Willem Alexander on water management
    At the Second World Water Forum in The Hague in 2000, Saskia van Rhenen speaks to Dutch crown prince Willem Alexander,  the chairman of the meeting. They discuss what Holland can offer the world …
  • What Price Gold?
    Gold is an essential element in the cultures of many lands. In most African and Asian countries, births, marriages and deaths feature gold in the rituals. But just what that price has been in human …
  • 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 …
  • Aural Tapestry: More dog days
    Following the success of “Dog Dag Afternoons” in 1988, David Swatling continues his story about the emotional life of canines and the relationship between man and dog. And, of course, we …
  • In his search for Enlightenment, Buddha at first practiced extreme fasting and asceticism, a practice he later exchanged for the middle way (Wat Umong temple, Chiang Mai in Thailand)
    The Sound Fountain on “Food Philosophies”: Fasting, part 1
    The Sound Fountain is a torrent of ideas from award winning documentary producers Michele Ernsting and Dheera Sujan. Interesting topics approached in an unusual way. Sound montage, esoteric and …
  • The Sound Fountain on “Food Philosophies”: Vegetarianism (Fruit or Flesh), part 2
    The Sound Fountain is a torrent of ideas from award winning documentary producers Michele Ernsting and Dheera Sujan. Interesting topics approached in an unusual way. Sound montage, esoteric and …
  • The Sound Fountain on “Food Philosophies”: Food Obsessions, part 3
    The Sound Fountain, a torrent of ideas from award-winning documentary producers Michele Ernsting and Dheera Sujan covers Interesting topics approached in an unusual way. Sound montage, esoteric and …
  • The Sound Fountain on “Food Philosophies”: Meat, morals and murder, Part 4
    “Meat, morals and murder” is the story of three campaigners: one is a scientist who warns of the effects of what she calls: the dangerous alliance between science and industry. A second …
  • Erick de Mul
    Erick de Mul – Looking back at a unique and unusual career with the United Nations
    After three decades with the United Nations, Dutchman Erick de Mul was about to retire. He began his U.N. career in Venezuela, then moved to Africa, and then back to Latin America, and then back …
  • Red Rubber
    Rubber has been crucial to the modern age. The pneumatic tyre made modern car and plane travel possible. The substance has a long history. It’s been known for for well over a thousand years, …
  • The Sound Fountain Series on “Fences”: Fencing Off Australia, part 1 of 4
    The Sound Fountain, a weekly documentary program produced by Dheera Sujan and Michele Ernsting, produced four different stories in 2000 about various fences that mark us off from our inner and outer …
  • Separation, painting by Edvard Munch, 1896 (Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway)
    The Sound Fountain Series on “Fences”: Eric and Milene, part 2 of 4
    From the Sound Fountain, the programme “Erik and Milene”: a story about love. It’s about a boy meeting and getting his girl. All set to live happily ever after when suddenly disaster …
  • Research File: Polio and the eradication of disease
    When this programme was made in 2000, the world celebrated the 20th anniversary of the global eradication of the dreaded smallpox disease. Encouraged by this tremendous achievement, a global campaign …
  • Allan B. Polunsky Unit, West Livingston, Texas
    The Sound Fountain Series on “Fences”: Billy on Death Row, part 3 of 4
    What happens when you do something that makes society decide to fence you off completely from the rest of the world? When you live 23 hours a day inside a tiny cell with no human contact? When you …
  • Saints Alive
    For well over a thousand years the saints have been held up as examples for Catholics around the world. Though the church sets the standards for sainthood, the choice of saints is often dependent on …
  • Carol Bellamy on her career
    Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF, talks to Ginger da Silva about her career. From Peace Corps worker in the earlier 1960’s, to lawyer, politician and now head of UNICEF. Also about …
  • Home: Leaving Behind or Going to, Part 1 of 3
    Home is where the heart is? What if your heart lies somewhere in a territory just beyond your reach? What if you are an exile, an immigrant, a refugee? What if your parents home was not yours? Just …
  • Home: Can you go home again?, Part 2 of 3
    Our guests in this programme are from many different backgrounds and countries: Iraq, Tibet, India, Pakistan, Australia, Surinam. They all live in the Netherlands, and they have different answers to …
  • Home: Longing and Belonging, Part 3 of 3
      We all feel the need to belong – but what is it that shapes our sense of belonging? What happens when we’re transplanted to new cultures where we form new roots? Can we long for a home …
  • Professor Hoosen Mahomed (Jerry) Coovadia
    Jerry Coovadia on HIV/AIDS in Africa
    Dr. Jerry Coovadia is a professor of HIV/AIDS Research at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. He chaired the 13th International AIDS Conference …
  • The Food of the Gods: Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar
    Chocolate is an aphrodesiac, an addiction, with a complex chemical composition and a dramatic history. Montezuma, the Aztec King, is said to have drunk it to gain the strength to satisfy his many …
  • The Fiery Fruit: Chili peppers
    The history of chili is fascinating. Traced back to 7000 BC in South America, the chili comes in dozens of different shapes, sizes, colors and degrees of hotness. There are cults of chili eaters, …
  • Wide Angle: Civil liberties vs National security
    After September 11, 2001, security became a major issue. But how far should security measures go and will they really protect us? How much loss of personal freedom is acceptable? Laura Durnford has …
  • Commandeering the waves
    What is the shape and size of the Earth and of the cosmos containing it? For thousands of years, man has tried to map the world accurately. For a long time, no effective means existed for determining …
  • When Strangers Meet: the Silk Road Project
    “When Strangers Meet” is the title of a CD produced under the direction of world famous cellist Yo-yo Ma for The Silk Road Project. It brings together musicians from East and West in an …
  • Confronting Fear of Flying
    According to psychologists, one out of three people are likely to develop a fear of flying – most likely during particularly stressful periods of their lives. Flying phobia is often an …
  • Wide Angle – Nuclear debate
    More than a decade after the end of the Cold War, the only remaining superpower once again seems to be contemplating the use of nulear weapons. Ann Marie Michel looks at the strong anti-nculear …
  • Research File Special: The Arctic
    The 2002 Arctic Science Summit Week held at the university of Groningen in the northeast of the Netherlands. The main focus of the summit: the interaction between the Arctic and the earth’s …
  • Research File Special: 14th AIDS Conference
    Joep Lange: President Elect of the AIDS Conference in Barcelona and professor of medicine at the Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands Jaap Goudsmit: Professor in poverty-related …
  • The Arctic Dream: the Story of the Conquest of the Northwest Passage
    For centuries European explorers sought a westward route to Asia, a short-cut which would guarantee untold riches for their patrons. The Northwest Passage became a deadly obsession, and from the …
  • Research File special: biodiversity and health
    Speakers: Dr Eric Chivian: Director of the Centre of Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School, Boston, U.S.A. Dr. Callum Roberts: Marine conservation biologist of York, U.K. …
  • Research File Special: Manned vs. unmanned space missions
    Speakers: Dr. Piet Smolders: Dutch space expert and former director of the Artis Planetarium, Amsterdam, Netherlands Artemis Westenberg & Jim Volp: Spokespersons for the Lunar Explorer Society …
  • Aural Tapestry: Here to be dragons!
    Dragons appear in mythology in all parts of the world. In the Far East, dragons tend to be benevolent and intelligent. In the West, they tend to be symbols of evil force. David Swatling explores the …
  • Short Circuit: the Mental Landscape of Synesthetes
    This edition of Sound Fountain is one of a series called “Stigma” on various forms of mental phenomena that we tend not to speak about often or candidly. One such mental quirk, …
  • Rivers of the World: India’s Saraswati
    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 …
  • 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 …
  • Rivers of the World: the Rupert in Canada
    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 …
  • Rivers of the World: the Volga
    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 …
  • Rivers of the World: the Mississippi, “She-wood and Cypress- the Mississippi River Rats”
    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 …
  • Rivers of the World: the Mun River in Thailand
    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 …
  • Research File special: Language learning
    Contributors:  Professor Lila Gleitman, Department of Psychology and Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, USA Dr. Jenny Saffran, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin at …
  • Into the Light: the Near Death Experience
    What happens to a person who has an out of body experiences? People who have had a near death experience often describe floating above the operating table, for example, or moving towards a brilliant …
  • War of Words: Stop the Music, Part 5 of 5
    “War of Words” was a five-part series in the weekly Sound Fountain programme about information in times of conflict. Some of the world’s leading experts in the field of communications and peace …
  • Research File: World Water Day
    Dam Busting: How? Why? Who Benefits? Thijs Westerbeek with Dr. Jack Schroeder, University of Nebraska, Omaka; Dr. Michelle Marvier, Santa Clara University, California; Dr. Peter Kareeva, United …
  • Looking for Terrorists
    An Israeli woman tracks down the man who shot her in a terrorist attack twenty-three years ago, and works for his release from prison. A young Polish woman travels to Algeria to look for terrorists, …
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction: Part 1 of 2
    “Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real”: Jules Verne probably never imagined how right he was when he wrote those words. At the start of the last century, the notion of a …
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction: Part 2 of 2
    50 years ago few people understood the threat posed by a nuclear arms race. The destructive power of these new weapons was simply beyond the comprehension of most people. But one man – the British …
  • 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 …
  • Research File Special: Greenberg’s Universe
    A programme about our universe and the origin of life on Earth, dedicated to the late Mayo Greenberg, former founder and director of Leiden Astrophysics Laboratory, Netherlands.  Speakers: …
  • Research File special: Diabetes
    Speakers:  Jan van Breenen: Ex-Type-1-Diabetes Patient, Lisse, Netherlands Dr. Bart Roep: Immunologist, Leiden University Medical Centre, Netherlands Hans Romijn: Professor of Endocrinology, …
  • Poetry in a Small Language: Minority Languages at Poetry International
    Rotterdam’s Poetry International Festival 2003 had a special program to highlight minority languages, such as Welsh, Mayan, Corsican, and Livonian. This program features interviews with the Welsh and …
  • Research File Special: 100 years of aviation
    December 17, 2003 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of aviation, when Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights in their first powered aircraft. This special edition of the Research …
  • Buffoon playing the lute by Frans Hals (1620-1626), Louvre
    A Harmony of Lutes: Homage to an ancient worldwide family of instruments
    This musical journey through the centuries and across world cultures takes us to the Middle East, Japan, India, China and 16th-century Europe. Guest musicians introduce us to string …
  • Shades of Blonde
    Blonde is the chosen color of princesses and prime ministers. It’s the sexy look of Marilyn and the woman in power makeover of Hilary. It’s been the color of choice of harlots through the ages, of …
  • Escaping God’s Closet: the Revelations of a Queer Priest
    Fifty years ago at the age of twenty-five, Bernard Duncan Mayes entered a Yorkshire monastery to become an Anglican priest. However, his life would take many twists and turns. He became a broadcaster …
  • Intersex
    A group of women talk of their experiences with a rare condition – intersexuality. They are women who have the male XY chromosome. One was forcibly raised as a boy. One only found out about her …
  • Research File special: Global warming and phenology
    Winner of the American institute for biological sciences 2004 science journalism award Speakers: Mary Manning: former schoolteacher and nature diarist, Norwich, England Tim Sparks: statistician, …
  • Soldiering On
    “Throughout the history of warfare technology changes rapidly. A revolution in technology can occur in the space of twenty odd years, but the human emotions of those involved in a battle remain …
  • Research File special: Threats to the coral reefs
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