Wednesday 19 February 2020
DutchNews podcast – The Stormy Chihuahuas Edition – Week 7

DutchNews podcast – The Stormy Chihuahuas Edition – Week 7

Ciara blew into the Netherlands this week and left a trail of fallen trees, insurance claims and cancelled bicycle races. Police stepped up their search for a blackmailer who sent four letter bombs to Dutch companies and Chinese migrants spoke out against a surge in racist behaviour linked to the coronavirus. In politics, the Ceta treaty was the subject of a long and emotionally charged debate that stretched into the early hours. And 24 chihuahuas score a victory for the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Viral Racism Edition – Week 6

DutchNews podcast – The Viral Racism Edition – Week 6

It’s been a turbulent week of naming, blaming and shaming. KLM suspended all flights to China because of fears about the coronavirus, the government cracked down on New Year firework sales and the football authorities announced plans to tackle racist behaviour. Health minister Bruno Bruins condemned people who ostracised Asian tourists on public transport, while Thierry Baudet refused to apologise for his discredited tale of harassment by train staff. And we discuss the implications of the recent court ruling that... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Keep Your Coronavirus Bonnetjes Edition – Week 5

DutchNews podcast – The Keep Your Coronavirus Bonnetjes Edition – Week 5

As January stumbles, coughing and spluttering, into its last hours, we look back on a week bursting with apologies. Mark Rutte said sorry for the Dutch government’s involvement in the Holocaust, while Arie Slob said ‘sorry, there’s no more money’ to striking teachers. Two ministers were appointed to shake up the tax office, which is still apologising to parents over the child benefit scandal. National train operator NS, meanwhile, made no apology for its approval ratings, while the government thought... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Panda Sex Edition – Week 4

DutchNews podcast – The Panda Sex Edition – Week 4

This week, there are too many tourists, too many sports injuries and too many pandas puns. We bring you the latest investigation into a 2009 plane crash that doesn’t leave the Dutch Safety Board looking very safe and tell you why everyone you know with a PhD always looks very tired. In our discussion, we get into the child benefits scandal and what the government is doing to repair the broken system. Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Sexplaning the Ophef Edition – Week 3

DutchNews podcast – The Sexplaning the Ophef Edition – Week 3

At last we can reveal the results of the most undemocratic vote since the Brexit referendum: our very own Ophef of the Year Awards. Mister Stikstof puts a spanner in the works of Schiphol’s expansion plans and joins the chorus of VVD mayors calling for a fireworks ban. Lego is urged to take the Dutch approach to road design, while the tax office gears up for a structural overhaul. And there are big New Year developments in the careers of... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Condemned Condom Edition – Week 2

DutchNews podcast – The Condemned Condom Edition – Week 2

An even more explosive New Year’s Eve than usual has forced politicians to talk seriously about banning neighbourhood fireworks. We discuss whether 2019 will prove to be the tipping point in the annual debate about a tradition that leaves hundreds of people injured each year. The Netherlands pulls its troops out of Iraq, Hudson’s Bay pulls out of its Dutch stores and Ajax defender Sergino Dest pulls out of the team’s controversial winter tour. Plus we’ve got a red-hot ophef... More >


DutchNews podcast – The A Fridge Too Far Edition – Week 50

DutchNews podcast – The A Fridge Too Far Edition – Week 50

It’s the final podcast of the year and that can only mean one thing: the nominations for Ophef of the Year are in. We update you on the situation in Duindorp, the tax office benefits scandal and Ajax’s exit from the Champions League. There’s a tall story about US basketball players bingeing on a Dutch delicacy, and Molly gets to ask Stef Blok the question on everyone’s lips: who’s inside the Brexit muppet suit? Vote for your favourite Ophef of... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Rutte Tops Trump Edition – Week 49

DutchNews podcast – The Rutte Tops Trump Edition – Week 49

Hot gossip, dodgy deals and bureaucratic minefields dominate this week’s news. Finance minister Menno Snel comes under fire over the tax office’s blunderbuss approach to suspected benefit fraud and tempers flare as The Hague cracks down on New Year beach bonfires. The detention of a teenager who was unaware he was an illegal immigrant sparks uproar, as does Klaas Dijkhoff’s decision to trouser thousands of euros for leaving a cabinet post after less than a month. We bring you the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Cats Are Worse Than Stikstof Edition – Week 48

DutchNews podcast – The Cats Are Worse Than Stikstof Edition – Week 48

Several long-running sagas come to a head in this week’s podcast. Prime minister Mark Rutte and defence minister Ank Bijleveld face more tough questions over the deaths of 70 civilians in a bombing raid in Iraq. The tax office’s sledgehammer approach to families suspected of defrauding the child support system also comes in for heavy criticism. Meanwhile, decorated war hero Marco Kroon’s career is dangling by a thread after his confrontation with police during Carnaval season. And we ask the... More >


The Dutch News Podcast – The Hook Us Up Hoekstra Edition – Week 47

The Dutch News Podcast – The Hook Us Up Hoekstra Edition – Week 47

We’re a man down this week, with Gordon disappearing under mysterious circumstances. Molly and Paul hold down the fort and tell you about why Kim Kardashian West ruffled some feathers in the Netherlands, why Dutch people are still chanting racist things at football matches and how Oscar Wilde got his ring back. In the discussion, they ask what is integration and why are the Dutch so bad at it?   Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks... More >


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 >