Sunday 17 January 2021
DutchNews podcast special: The On Your Bike, Rutte Edition

DutchNews podcast special: The On Your Bike, Rutte Edition

A special edition of the podcast following the collective resignation of Mark Rutte’s cabinet on Friday. We ask what this means for the families involved and how it will affect the government’s pandemic response. We examine Lodewijk Asscher’s role in triggering Rutte’s downfall, how the question of racism was marginalised during the inquiry and what effect it might have on the election campaign. And we reveal why Rutte took a deliberate wrong turn on his bike as he set off... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Ham Sandwich Virus Edition – Week 2

DutchNews podcast – The Ham Sandwich Virus Edition – Week 2

This week’s podcast was recorded while the cabinet was deciding whether to resign over the child benefits scandal, so we’re unable to respond to the possible collapse of he government. But we can bring you up to speed on the coronavirus lockdown, the vaccination schedule and what sandwiches you can bring with you from the UK. Despite predictions of economic meltdown, fewer businesses went to the wall than ever in 2020 and one home delivery firm saw its profits soar.... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Blazing Bicycles and Ferris Wheels Edition – Week 1

DutchNews podcast – The Blazing Bicycles and Ferris Wheels Edition – Week 1

2021 begins with a muted bang and the prospect of a long, cold winter lockdown. Health minister Hugo de Jonge showed his disdain for ‘symbolic’ gestures as the Netherlands’ vaccination programme was finally launched at a televised press conference. The mayor of The Hague, Jan van Zanen, came under fire for a New Year protest that bore an uncanny resemblance to a street party. And speaking of parties, a record number signed up to take part in the March 2021... More >


DutchNews podcast bonus episode: The Dutch Design Dog Chair Edition

DutchNews podcast bonus episode: The Dutch Design Dog Chair Edition

Our special Ask Me Anything was recorded in the summer in the innocent, carefree days before the second wave. We tackled your questions on why the Dutch were being so mean to the Italians, the price of Trouby’s dog food and Belgian architecture. We also try to rank flavours of drop and Dutch ice-cream flavours, which makes us wish coronavirus would take away our sense of taste. And you can enjoy Paul’s reflections on going to see the worst Dutch... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Jesus Take The Avocado Edition – Week 50

DutchNews podcast – The Jesus Take The Avocado Edition – Week 50

We’ve got a Christmas games and puzzles edition of the podcast to wrap up the year. Hugo de Jonge leaves the rest of the CDA playing Exploding Kittens for a new leader following his unexpected departure. The government continues to play whack-a-mole with the coronavirus pandemic as infections increase. The ChristenUnie tries a new opening gambit by including contraceptives in the basic healthcare package. And there’s the riddle of the metal monolith that materialised from nowhere in Friesland. Want to... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Defenestrated Bond Villain Edition – Week 49

DutchNews podcast – The Defenestrated Bond Villain Edition – Week 49

We throw the spotlight on the bureaucratic vices of intransigence and incompetence in this week’s podcast. We take an in-depth look at the parliamentary inquiry into the child benefits system, which left thousands of families financially and emotionally ruined when they were wrongly tagged as fraudsters. There’s a whole lot of voting going on as Forum voor Democratie hold a referendum on Thierry Baudet’s leadership and the annual celebration of shopping-mall wallpaper that is the Top 2000 kicks off. We... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Forum for Democrazy Edition – Week 48

DutchNews podcast – The Forum for Democrazy Edition – Week 48

It began in the spring, died away during the summer and came back with a roar in the autumn. No, not coronavirus, but the disintegration of right-wing populist party Forum voor Democratie, which burst apart this week in a shower of resignations, poison-pen letters and video tirades, with a backing track of 80s disco. We do our best to make sense of it all and pick out the highlights, as well as ask what happens to the FVD vote. We... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Cultural Wasteland Edition – Week 47

DutchNews podcast – The Cultural Wasteland Edition – Week 47

Sinterklaas is working from home, the New Year fireworks have gone out with a whimper and the Elfstedentocht has been abandoned even earlier than usual as coronavirus kills off Dutch seasonal joy. On the positive side, there’s a vaccine and the League Against Swearing have published a handy guide to which children’s books to buy this Christmas. Coronavirus is also blamed for the government’s failure to process thousands of asylum applications in time. And we bring you the story of... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Four Seasons Belgian Vegetables Edition – Week 46

DutchNews podcast – The Four Seasons Belgian Vegetables Edition – Week 46

A good news week as coronavirus infections start coming down across the kingdom – except in Curacao, where Dutch tourists are touching down with their fake test certificates and piling into the beach bars. An awkward week for education minister Arie Slob, who is forced to switch sides over anti-gay school charters in the Bible Belt. Amsterdam city council has some distasteful suggestions for celebrating Sint-Maarten, while police in Limburg are surprised to find a cellar that hasn’t been converted... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Saved By A Literal Train Wreck Edition – Week 45

DutchNews podcast – The Saved By A Literal Train Wreck Edition – Week 45

Disaster was averted this week in ‘city of bridges’ Spijkenisse when a metro train came to rest atop a sculpture. The government imposed a two-week ‘hard lockdown’ to try to stop the coronavirus second wave turning into a healthcare disaster. And a disastrous performance by a Rotterdam academic on Thierry Baudet’s TV channel went viral. All this calamity and we haven’t even mentioned a certain electoral contest. Meanwhile, Mark Rutte concluded a political saga that out-ran Soldaat van Oranje by... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Netherlands Is a Failed State Edition – Week 44

DutchNews podcast – The Netherlands Is a Failed State Edition – Week 44

In a week of fake news and dodgy data, the Dutch government adopts the Niksen approach to disease control. As Covid-19 spreads through the Binnenhof and two ministers go into quarantine, the friendly folk at Farmers Defence Force turn up on Rob Jetten’s doorstep with a box of meat products and a camera. Coronavirus also starts to hit the football world, while in Venlo VVV put up the weakest defensive display since Ferd Grapperhaus’s wedding. There’s uplifting news too as... More >


DutchNews podcast – The King of Ophefs Edition – Week 43

DutchNews podcast – The King of Ophefs Edition – Week 43

It’s been a week of blaming and shaming as the king and queen flew into a storm of outrage over their pandemic-busting trip to Greece. A Dutch hacker hijacked Donald Trump’s Twitter, AZ snatched an unlikely win in Naples and the egg-pilfering gay penguins were up to their usual tricks. Further lockdown measures loom larger as coronavirus infection numbers continue to climb. And there’s concern that up to 6,000 British people may become illegal immigrants at the stroke of midnight... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Wink Wink Lockdown Roulette Edition – Week 42

DutchNews podcast – The Wink Wink Lockdown Roulette Edition – Week 42

Mark Rutte was in no mood to celebrate his 10th anniversary as prime minister this week, but there was a party outside Parliament as drinkers packed the bars for a last round before lockdown. We ask if the new restrictions will be enough, why Germany is bailing out the Dutch ICUs again and whether circle parties will ever return. In crime news, the chances of being murdered go down but the stakes for illicit gamblers are raised as police break... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Nightmares at the Binnenhof Edition – Week 41

DutchNews podcast – The Nightmares at the Binnenhof Edition – Week 41

After months of delays, the coronavirus tracker app gets the green light just as the country’s infection map turns a deep shade of red. The disease even manages to get sucked into the black hole of ophef that is the renovation of the Binnenhof. In another long-running saga, Willem-Alexander is thwarted again in his quest to become the Sun Energy King. And in sports news, Kiki Bertens is accused of contempt of court at the French Open and PSV snap... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Great Tit In The Coalmine Edition – Week 39

DutchNews podcast – The Great Tit In The Coalmine Edition – Week 39

Autumn is a season of missed opportunities and mellow fruitlessness for the Dutch government as its coronavirus strategy unravels. Rising infections, waiting lists for corona testing and no trace of a tracker app – we ask what’s gone wrong. Also going nuclear are the VVD, who want to build more power stations if they remain in government next year. The socialists and D66 also kick off their election campaigns, while Amsterdam takes steps to control the spread of Airbnb. Want... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Towering Humiliation Edition – Week 38

DutchNews podcast – The Towering Humiliation Edition – Week 38

A low-key Budget Day brings sober news on the economic front, unless you happen to be a princess approaching her 18th birthday. New coronavirus restrictions are imminent as a surge in infections puts even more strain on the testing system. The tension also took its toll on Rotterdam’s Erasmusbrug and the prosecutor handling a high-profile racial abuse case. Plus we tell you why zoos have been hit by corona and there’s a sense of anticlimax around the new football season... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Pythagorean Prinsjesdag Parrots Edition – Week 37

DutchNews podcast – The Pythagorean Prinsjesdag Parrots Edition – Week 37

Despite a new surge in coronavirus infections, there were signs of normal life returning this week. The government’s budget plans were leaked ahead of Prinsjesdag, the football season geared up for a restart and there was a bitter row in parliament about refugees. While D66 decided not to pick a self-confessed forger as its leader, Geert Wilders announced his discrimination trial would run for another season. And we bring you a shocking tale about blue parrots, legal eagles and a... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Grapperhaus Goes Viral Edition – Week 36

DutchNews podcast – The Grapperhaus Goes Viral Edition – Week 36

The podcast returns from the summer break to find the Dutch border has advanced further than the coronavirus tracker app. We explain why Ferd Grapperhaus’s wedding turned into a political horror show and why Hugo de Jonge still can’t celebrate his CDA leadership win. Plus we weigh up Tom Dumoulin’s chances of winning the Tour de France and Dick Advocaat’s chances of a fourth term as national football team coach now Ronald Koeman has jumped ship for Barcelona. Want to... More >


Dutch News Podcast: Patreon Summer Special

Dutch News Podcast: Patreon Summer Special

In this summer special, the podcast team answers your questions. The Dutch in EU negotiations. What are the best flavors of drop? (Hint: None) Are Dutch BBQs a hate crime? We’ve posted an excerpt of the full episode publicly, but if you want the answers to all of these questions, help keep the podcast going by supporting us on Patreon. Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks of dog food and stroopwafels healthy? Click here to become... More >


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 >