Wednesday 20 November 2019
DutchNews podcast – The Vroem Vroem Debacle Edition – Week 46

DutchNews podcast – The Vroem Vroem Debacle Edition – Week 46

As the nitrogen crisis continues to hang over the country like a vaguely threatening cloud, we examine how cutting speed limits became such a hot political potato. A court orders the government to bring home the children of jihadist mothers, while the MH17 takes another twist as prosecutors implicate Russian military commanders. The start of Sinterklaas season triggers the annual tide of rage about Zwarte Piet and GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver is named the brightest star in the Dutch political... More >


DutchNews podcast – The All Hijackers On Deck Edition – Week 45

DutchNews podcast – The All Hijackers On Deck Edition – Week 45

It’s been a week of false starts and abrupt endings as Schiphol’s timetable was thrown into turmoil by a trigger-happy instructor. Teachers went out on strike following a double U-turn by unions, a lawyer survived a cross-border assassination attempt and Ajax salvaged a draw after being reduced to nine men against Chelsea. We also discuss the fall-out from the recent revelations about a raid by Dutch fighter planes that killed 70 civilians in Iraq. Want to support the DutchNews podcast... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Dick Lawyer Hard Reset Edition – Week 44

DutchNews podcast – The Dick Lawyer Hard Reset Edition – Week 44

There’s a groundhog day feel about this week’s podcast as the builders’ protest fills the deep tyre treads left by the farmers on the Malieveld, yet another do-or-die date is set for Brexit and our favourite football manager once again comes out of retirement for one last job. Plus we bring you an 11-year-old shaggy dog story from the Achterhoek and the lottery giveaway that made green-eyed punters see red. In our discussion we step into the legal and political... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Make Hay Not War Edition – Week 42

DutchNews podcast – The Make Hay Not War Edition – Week 42

As 8,000 tractors roll into The Hague, the DutchNews podcast asks if the farmers will reap a bitter harvest from their rolling protests against anti-nitrogen regulations. We also try to unravel the mystery surrounding a family of cultists found living on a remote farmhouse in Drenthe, find out how undercover flower investigators blew the lid on the black tulip scam, explain why Delft engineers’ hopes of winning a solar race Down Under went up in smoke and tell you why... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Talented Mister Stikstof Edition – Week 41

DutchNews podcast – The Talented Mister Stikstof Edition – Week 41

The city of peace and justice resembles a Wild West frontier town this week after a corruption scandal and an inferno on the beach brought down The Hague’s entire government. But the new sheriff, Johan Remkes, arrives with some heavy baggage as his report on the nitrogen ruling is cited as one reason why the renovation of parliament will be delayed by a year. We also update you on a scientific breakthrough for premature babies in Eindhoven, the ban on... More >


The Dutch News Podcast: The Everything Happened In The Hague Edition – Week 40

The Dutch News Podcast: The Everything Happened In The Hague Edition – Week 40

This week, Paul and Molly update you on endless things going on in the Hague, from the government falling to improper building permits. They also talk sports, protests and the Marianne Thieme leaving her post as the leader of the animal rights party. In the discussion, it’s tractors, stikstof and a PSA for eating less meat. News Marianne Thieme Climate March The Hague De Mos Bonfires Updates Derk Wiersum The Ocean Clean Up Marijuana Trials Sports Doha Ajax Discussion Traffic... More >



DutchNews podcast – The Great British Bird-Off Edition – Week 39

DutchNews podcast – The Great British Bird-Off Edition – Week 39

In a week literally exploding with news, we examine how the coalition may lose its majority over a building permit, the mayor of Amsterdam got in hot water over a non-smoking gun, ministers faced tough questions about Stints and jihadist passports, and some Dutch political horse-trading left British citizens in an unstable situation. There’s also our usual round-up of the week’s sporting action, ophef about the Battle of Arnhem and the strange but true story of Utrecht’s smallest jailbird. Want... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Sexy Brexit Muppet Edition – Week 38

DutchNews podcast – The Sexy Brexit Muppet Edition – Week 38

There was only one question on everybody’s lips on Prinsjesdag (aka Budget Day) this year, eclipsing even the speculation about Marianne Thieme’s outfit or whether Wopke or Erik came up with the €50 billion special projects fund: would King Willem-Alexander be the first monarch to deliver his speech through a beard? We also reflect on the shocking murder of a lawyer on his doorstep in Amsterdam, the sad death of Fernando Ricksen at 43, a stunningly candid interview by the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Royal Flying Flamingos Edition – Week 37

DutchNews podcast – The Royal Flying Flamingos Edition – Week 37

It’s been a week of courtroom drama in the Netherlands as Geert Wilders calls for his race-baiting trial to be thrown out for political interference, a doctor is cleared of murder in a landmark euthanasia case, a woman seeks redress for having her baby taken away from the state in the 1960s and a key MH17 witness becomes a pawn in a prisoner exchange. We also look back at Oranje’s historic 4-2 win over Germany and try to explain why... More >


DutchNews podcast – The We Know What Otten Did Last Summer Edition – Week 35

DutchNews podcast – The We Know What Otten Did Last Summer Edition – Week 35

The podcast team look back over a summer of blistering heat and bristling with ophef: who poisoned the plants in Thierry Baudet’s office? Why does Haarlem have a problem with globetrotters? And was the king wise to come out as a redbeard? We also look at how Amsterdam became a paradise for cocaine dealers, why the Labour party has done a U-turn on student funding and Ronald Koeman’s return to Hamburg 31 years after he wiped the floor with the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Ban This Sick Fun Edition – Week 29

DutchNews podcast – The Ban This Sick Fun Edition – Week 29

There’s plenty to shout about in our last podcast before the summer break as five cities bid to host next year’s Eurovision, a children’s playground is forced to close because of complaints about noise, a proposed Holocaust memorial sparks local protests and the Dutch women’s football team are cheered all the way to the final. In our discussion we take the pulse of the coalition at the halfway point and ask if it will make it to the finish line.... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Bonfire of the Caterpillars Edition – Week 27

DutchNews podcast – The Bonfire of the Caterpillars Edition – Week 27

It’s been a week of big-name casualties as the law finally caught up with celebrity gangster Willem Holleeder and Frans Timmermans saw a top European job slip through his fingers. While Queen Maxima came under fire for her silence in a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, one cyclist in Groningen probably wishes she’d kept quiet when police stopped and fined her for using her phone. And it’s been a busy week for Amsterdam’s mayor Femke Halsema, who announced plans... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Anne Frank and Crystal Meth Edition – Week 26

DutchNews podcast – The Anne Frank and Crystal Meth Edition – Week 26

Cheese, canals and cycling – the podcast team tries to identify the DNA of Dutch identity in a week when the Dutch sense of order was turned on its head. The 112 emergency services hotline broke down, the women’s football team won a match with a late penalty and a midsummer Elfstedentocht was staged in 30-degree heat. We also look at moves to atone for two dark episodes in the nation’s history, the latest vaccination figures and yet more changes... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Feminazi Apocalypse Editions – Week 25

DutchNews podcast – The Feminazi Apocalypse Editions – Week 25

For every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction, as a university in Eindhoven demonstrated this week with its plans for women-only job applications. We discuss the proposals and the ensuing social media firestorm in this week’s podcast, as well as bringing you up to speed with the criminal inquiry into the downing of flight MH17, the Dutch women’s World Cup campaign and the first native wolves for 200 years. Plus: the butcher whose ill-advised nostalgia trip left... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Not Those Nazis Edition – Week 24

DutchNews podcast – The Not Those Nazis Edition – Week 24

We’re living on the edge in this week’s podcast, and not just because the pinautomaten in Albert Heijn broke down. The king weighs into the Irish border issue that has been stirred up again by Brexit, Jeroen Dijsselbloem drops a bombshell into the pension talks, universities are accused of setting the bar too low and YouTube causes ophef by taking down the wrong type of Nazis. In sport the women’s team scrape through their opening World Cup match while the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Park Your Bike In Our DMs, Prime Minister Edition – Week 23

DutchNews podcast – The Park Your Bike In Our DMs, Prime Minister Edition – Week 23

Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks of dog food and stroopwafels healthy? Click here to become a Patreon backer This week we look at how a rogue news agency flapping its wings stirred up an international media storm about a Dutch teenage girl’s death. We also bring you news of some real storms that exposed one of the country’s largest cocaine labs, Ivanka Trump flying into The Hague to near-universal disappointment, two healthy developments in football... More >


DutchNews Podcast: The Pregnant Whale And Belgian Pepper Spray Edition

DutchNews Podcast: The Pregnant Whale And Belgian Pepper Spray Edition

  If you’d like to back us on Patreon please follow this link – we’ll give you a shout-out and let you ask the podcast team a question. We ask the hard-hitting questions on this week’s podcast. What happened in the Eerste Kamer elections? Why are the Hell’s Angels so upset this week? How will Sinterklaas arrive next year? Does Brabant really smell like anise? And, in the discussion, is anyone at the EU riding a dragon? Ophef of the... More >


DutchNews podcast: The Hipster Santa Claus Landslide Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Hipster Santa Claus Landslide Edition

In this week’s podcast we try to unravel the logic behind the European election debate featuring two men who weren’t in the running but not the leader of the winning party, the blunder that led to hundreds of children being sent to the wrong secondary school, and the end-of-season football relegation play-offs. Duncan Laurence’s Eurovision victory inspires an archetypal Dutch discussion about splitting the bill, Erik Wiebes triggers rumblings of discontent in Groningen and another VVD minister, Mark Harbers, resigns... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Eurovision Is Worse Than Brexit Edition – Week 20

DutchNews podcast – The Eurovision Is Worse Than Brexit Edition – Week 20

Plenty of sea changes in this week’s podcast as Mark Rutte takes the fight to Thierry Baudet, Sybrand Buma becomes the second coalition party leader to abandon ship in mid-term and Amsterdam’s mayor decides not to impose a booze ban on the city’s canals. The Hague opts out of the cabinet’s plan for legalised cannabis cultivation, there’s a poignant edge to Ajax’s title celebrations and the food safety board warns people about the dangers of eating filet americain. In our... More >