The intriguing theremin

People fainted when the Leon Theremin was first performed onstage in Paris in 1927. Its haunting sound resembled voices from beyond the grave. It was the first electronic instrument, and […]

The one that didn’t get away: North Sea fishing

Michele Ernsting examines the problems of North Sea fisherman have with Brussels, threatening their livelihood. Are fish stocks being depleted, forcing Brussels to introduce quotas and sometimes bans, or are […]

Pieter-Dirk Uys: 10 years in Holland (1988-1998)

David Swatling presents a portrait of South African writer, performer and satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys, based on his four visits to the Netherlands: in 1988, 1991, 1994 and 1998. During each […]

Joan Sutherland

In this gem from our archives, arts producer Nevil Gray speaks with fellow Australian, Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010), one of the great opera sopranos of the 20th century. In 1982, […]

Nevil Grey meets Timothy Leary

In this unedited interview, Nevil Gray speaks with Timothy Leary (1920-1996) who was in Holland for a lecture and workshop. Leary was a psychologist. He tried to revolutionise the science […]

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 […]