Wednesday 12 August 2020
DutchNews podcast – The Wilders For More Moroccans Edition – Week 28

DutchNews podcast – The Wilders For More Moroccans Edition – Week 28

It’s the last podcast before we head off for our holidays in sunny Spijkenisse. We tell you who won the Christian Democrat leadership election, how many people joined the unemployment queue in June and why neighbours saw red over a green house. In sport, calls grow louder to overturn a ban on singing in football stadiums. And love knows no bounds as campaigners persuade the government to relax travel restrictions for long-distance sweethearts. Want to support the DutchNews podcast and... More >


Dutch News Podcast – The Sluisje McSluisface Edition

Dutch News Podcast – The Sluisje McSluisface Edition

There’s a lot of outrage on this week’s podcast. At the beheading of André Hazes. At lockdown measures. At a change to ID cards. But most of the podcast’s outrage is directed at the inadequate compensation for nazi snitches. And while the CDA leadership election wasn’t rigged, we do try to influence another election by encouraging you to vote for Sluisje McSluisface. Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks of dog food and stroopwafels healthy? Click here... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Brexit Muppet Returns Edition – Week 27

DutchNews podcast – The Brexit Muppet Returns Edition – Week 27

The lockdown has eased to the point where we can focus on less distressing subjects than a global pandemic. So we’ve put together a podcast packed with news of slavery, institutional racism and Brexit. One of Groningen’s favourite sons comes home to revive the city’s footballing fortunes. New laws come into force on paternity leave, organ donation and holiday letting. And there’s a spike in popcorn sales as three seat snatchers set up yet another political party. Want to support... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Cancelling Canals and Derksen Edition – Week 26

DutchNews podcast – The Cancelling Canals and Derksen Edition – Week 26

As the threat of coronavirus fades and the temperature rises, the podcast team ponders the new normal. Will packed train carriages lead to a second wave? Will any of the political leadership contests this summer descend into civil war? Are Amsterdam’s canals less culturally significant than ‘that Oranje feeling’? How will football fans be stopped from singing in stadiums? Will there finally be a solution to the EU’s Strasbourg problem? And which will be finished first: the coronavirus ‘track and... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Kapsalon Acid Test Edition – Week 25

DutchNews podcast – The Kapsalon Acid Test Edition – Week 25

In a week of cancellations, we bring you possibly the most distressing story ever to feature on the podcast. Wopke Hoekstra cancels himself as the next prime minister, the cup final is finally abandoned and Thierry Baudet causes ophef with his itinerant boreal bouquet. In better news, circle parties are saved from oblivion as Hema finds a buyer. We also bring you up to speed with the lifting of the lockdown as Europe’s campsites brace themselves for the return of... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Trojan Herring Edition – Week 24

DutchNews podcast – The Trojan Herring Edition – Week 24

The podcast team look back at a week dominated by bread and circuses, as the fairground wagons circled on the Malieveld and the first batch of new herring went to a good cause. The government is told to beef up its nitrogen reduction plans and warned of dire economic times ahead. Coronavirus testing is rolled out amid questions about why it took so long, while trials of a potential vaccine take a step forward. And we bring you the final... More >


DutchNews podcast: The Sesame Street Kartel Buttons Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Sesame Street Kartel Buttons Edition

It has been a week of protests. Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema touched the hot button issue of slavery opposition while an unsocially-distant crowd gathered on the Dam to protest racism. Those demonstrations spread to other cities without incident but an anti-lockdown protest over the weekend saw multiple arrests. A skating rink protested the decision a decision by its insurance company and internet provides lost their protest over The Pirate Bay. Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Sjopperdepop Seat Snatch Switch Edition – Week 22

DutchNews podcast – The Sjopperdepop Seat Snatch Switch Edition – Week 22

On the eve of the first big relaxation of lockdown rules, the podcast team asks if it’s safe to take a seat on the train or at the bar. Police close an abattoir in Gelderland following a coronavirus outbreak, shining a spotlight on conditions for migrant workers. The Netherlands continues to aggravate its EU partners over financial support for corona-hit countries, while at home there are more unsavoury twists in the tax office fraud scandal. And we bring you up... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Great Coffee Shortage Edition – Week 20

DutchNews podcast – The Great Coffee Shortage Edition – Week 20

The nation took its first tentative steps into the 1.5-metre society this week. Children started going back to school, hairdressers started hacking though their waiting lists and the American ambassador resumed his love affair with fake news. In parliament, defence minister Ank Bijleveld narrowly survived another motion of no confidence over the deaths of civilians in an air strike in Iraq. We also report on the freak incident that cost five experienced surfers their lives off the coast at Scheveningen... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Lavender Flavoured Lockdown Edition – Week 19

DutchNews podcast – The Lavender Flavoured Lockdown Edition – Week 19

As the nation prepares to emerge from lockdown, hand stitched face masks at the ready, we examine the government’s plans in detail. Libraries, acupuncturists, sex clubs and campsite toilets all featured in Mark Rutte’s schedule as Dutch society slowly returns to normal. Coronavirus also gave this year’s ceremonies to commemorate the end of the war an even more sombre atmosphere than usual. While the humans are staying home, the animals have been getting busy, increasing the population of the Netherlands’... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Rutte Is Our Scout Leader Edition – Week 18

DutchNews podcast – The Rutte Is Our Scout Leader Edition – Week 18

The podcast team overcomes ‘coronamoeheid’ and the horror of ‘coronakapsels’ to bring you the latest news on the lockdown as well as a few of the 700 new Dutch words that the epidemic has generated. Ministers come under more pressure over face masks, the economic outlook goes from terrible to abysmal and researchers warn of a hidden danger for intensive care patients. Mink farms are cordoned off as evidence emerges that some animals can transmit the virus, while the football... More >


DutchNews podcast – The ‘It’s The Virus, Stupid’ Edition – Week 17

DutchNews podcast – The ‘It’s The Virus, Stupid’ Edition – Week 17

As the schools prepare to reopen in May, we examine the government’s strategy to release the lockdown. What’s the impact on regular healthcare? Is it all over for the football season? How did KLM manage to stir up outrage about executive bonuses twice in a week? And most importantly of all, when can we stop cutting our own hair? In other news, there are fresh disclosures about the bombing raid in Iraq in 2015 and a landmark court decision on... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Bootleg Hairdressers Edition – Week 16

DutchNews podcast – The Bootleg Hairdressers Edition – Week 16

In this week’s coronavirus news, demand on intensive care beds appears to be easing off but there is growing concern about the spike in deaths in nursing homes. There’s also news of research into what proportion of people may have developed immunity, a rash of scams involving face masks and why idiots are burning down phone masts. As the sense of apocalyptic doom intensifies, a church’s Easter light show sparks panic in Brabant. Sporting events attempt to move indoors –... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Send Hoekstra the Hornbill Edition – Week 15

DutchNews podcast – The Send Hoekstra the Hornbill Edition – Week 15

Our socially distancing podcast team updates you on the state of the lockdown as the first signs emerge that the outbreak is being brought under control. What do privacy campaigners have to say about the government’s plan to use tracker apps? Why is Wopke Hoekstra persona non grata in Italy? And will the football season end sooner than the row about whether to end the football season? Away from the corona doom and gloom we’ve got news of a bionic... More >


DutchNews podcast – The RUTTE.MAG.NIET.DANSEN Edition – Week 14

DutchNews podcast – The RUTTE.MAG.NIET.DANSEN Edition – Week 14

We bring you up to date with the latest news on how the Dutch are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Find out how the government is planning to ramp up the number of intensive care beds, how an ambulance got held up for 20 minutes in Belgium and why finance minister Wopke Hoekstra had to eat a large slice of humble pie. The competition for ‘most awkward body-swerve of the year’ award has two strong entries this week from Mark... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Empowered Busybodies Edition – Week 13

DutchNews podcast – The Empowered Busybodies Edition – Week 13

Our latest quarantined podcast brings you news of the latest coronavirus figures, the government’s strict new social distancing rules and the efforts to step up testing. The KNVB still hopes to finish the football season and the MH17 trial is postponed to June for non-corona reasons. The virus is separating not just friends and families, but the men’s and women’s clothing racks in a shop on the Belgian border. And while the first corona babies may be a few months... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Corona Ate Our Podcast Edition – Week 12

DutchNews podcast – The Corona Ate Our Podcast Edition – Week 12

In the first virtual edition of the DutchNews podcast, this week we bring you all the latest news on the shutdown, with some audio issues as we get used to our new working conditions. How are families managing home schooling? What help is the government giving to people and businesses? Can you still go outside? And should we quarantine Hugo de Jonge’s shoes? We also look at the community initiatives that have sprung up to help people cope and the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Better Call Paul Edition – Week 11

DutchNews podcast – The Better Call Paul Edition – Week 11

As the coronavirus rate among the podcast team hits 25%, we take stock of how the Netherlands is responding to the pandemic. Will isolated Brabanders produce a miracle drug? Is anyone checking on Dick Advocaat? And is cancelling Soldaat van Oranje the sign we really have reached the end of days? In non-corona news, the MH17 trial got under way and the king apologised to Indonesia for the Dutch excesses during the decolonisation war. Airbnb faces a €200 million bill... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Slippery Corona Slope Edition – Week 10

DutchNews podcast – The Slippery Corona Slope Edition – Week 10

This week’s podcast looks ahead to the start of the MH17 trial with an interview with Asymmetrical Haircuts, a two-woman team of reporters who specialise in international justice. We also do our best to keep up with the rapid spread of coronavirus, the even faster decline of Ajax and the extensive Dutch preparations for Eurovision. And we tell you why jumping on your bike after hours is a more hazardous undertaking than you might think. Want to support the DutchNews... More >


DutchNews Podcast – The Corona and Taghi Ruined Everything Edition – Week 9

DutchNews Podcast – The Corona and Taghi Ruined Everything Edition – Week 9

This week’s podcast was recorded before news broke of the first case of coronavirus in the Netherlands. We examine how the country has been preparing as the disease spreads through Europe and ask the key questions, such as: is Brexit muppet safe? Elsewhere, there’s a withering exposé of tax avoidance in the flower trade, Dutch clubs are knocked out of Europe and ophef champion Thierry Baudet threatens court action over a TV show that said what he was thinking. Our... More >