Friday 21 February 2020
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 >


DutchNews podcast – The Swedish Men Are Better Edition – Week 19

DutchNews podcast – The Swedish Men Are Better Edition – Week 19

The podcast returns from a two-week break to commiserate with Ajax fans over their shock exit from the Champions League, catch up with Forum voor Democratie’s fruitless search for a senate leader and find out why the tourist board has started telling visitors to get out of Amsterdam. We also bring you the latest on the arrest of a suspected serial killer and why organic labelling is less wholesome than it sounds. In our discussion we take a deep dive... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Infected Tulip and Painted Zwerfkei Edition – Week 17

DutchNews podcast – The Infected Tulip and Painted Zwerfkei Edition – Week 17

This week on the podcast we try to piece together the debris after an explosive week for Forum voor Democratie, find out why so many MPs claim to live in Limburg and catch up with the campaign to ban a homophobic American Holocaust denier from Amsterdam. There’s also news of the neck-and-neck Eredivisie title race and some mysterious vandalism on Texel. In our discussion we give you the lowdown on this year’s King’s Day festivities in Amersfoort. Ophef of the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Long Live King Trouby Edition – Week 16

DutchNews podcast – The Long Live King Trouby Edition – Week 16

  As the country gears up for the Easter weekend, the podcast team checks on the progress of the fledgling provincial governments and asks if fears that the housing market is overheating are well grounded. We also look at Ajax’s rejuvenation in Europe, what sank Amsterdam’s last floating flower business and how one of the country’s most decorated soldiers poured home-made fertiliser all over his reputation. And with a week to go to King’s Day, we ask why young people... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Stamppot with Jelly Edition – Week 15

DutchNews podcast – The Stamppot with Jelly Edition – Week 15

Cheese and chips are on the menu in this week’s podcast as the Chinese are accused of stealing the Netherlands’ digital secrets, Donald Trump threatens to raise the tariffs on Gouda and Edam and the country is warned of a growing obesity crisis. We also ask why Enschede council bailed out its football club, why the Dutch are taking over Britain’s railways and whether your tax demands will be arriving by drone in future. In our discussion we try to... More >


DutchNews podcast – The April Fools Role Playing Edition – Week 14

DutchNews podcast – The April Fools Role Playing Edition – Week 14

  This week’s podcast has good news for Brits wanting to vote in the European elections, bad news for parents with unvaccinated children in The Hague and fake news about Amsterdam’s coffeeshops that generated some home-grown ophef. We also look at why the justice department faced a grilling over a gruesome murder, how Ajax finally got back on top for 24 hours and how much you might have to fork out for the gun that might or might not have... More >


DutchNews podcast – Article 13 Is Worse Than Article 50 – Week 13

DutchNews podcast – Article 13 Is Worse Than Article 50 – Week 13

  Foreign interference looms large in this week’s podcast as tulip growers tell tourists to stop trampling through their fields, the Dutch and Australian governments begin a series of highly awkward talks with Russia on the investigation into flight MH17, a Picasso is recovered from the clutches of the international underworld and Oranje’s bright young upstarts are taught a familiar lesson by the Germans. In our discussion we ask why Europe’s new copyright directive has become the most hated thing... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Owls Are Not What They Seem Edition – Week 12

DutchNews podcast – The Owls Are Not What They Seem Edition – Week 12

  Thierry Baudet’s success in the provincial elections stirred up plenty of ophef (as well as sparking a speech cobbled together from off-cuts of Oswald Spengler and rejected Nick Kershaw lyrics), but has it really changed the political landscape? We dissect the results and discuss the implications for Mark Rutte’s cabinet on this week’s podcast. Plus the latest on the Utrecht shooting, which is now being treated as a terrorist act, where the Netherlands ranks on the world happiness index,... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Ministry of Silly Dancing Edition – Week 11

DutchNews podcast – The Ministry of Silly Dancing Edition – Week 11

  In a week when the government agreed to bring in a “polluter pays” tax on CO2 emissions, the atmosphere turned poisonous at an Amsterdam school where staff are accused of having terrorist sympathies and in the fishing community of Urk, where a mob descended on the home of a migrant family. Mark Rutte nears the end of his tether over Brexit, though if if he’s hopping mad or stockpiling Marmite he’ll have to stay away from the Foreign Affairs... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Magnificent Solo Gift Card Edition – Week 9

DutchNews podcast – The Magnificent Solo Gift Card Edition – Week 9

  A week of impulse buys and dodgy transactions is capped by the Dutch government increasing its stake in Air France-KLM, sparking ophef in Paris and causing the airline’s share price to take a nosedive. We do our best to untangle the can of worms that was opened by Wopke Hoekstra’s surprise move. Elsewhere, 90,000 bottles of vodka marked for Kim Jong-Un are seized in Rotterdam, new migrants are warned not to fall for scammers posing as the Dutch immigration... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Jihadi Daycare Edition – Week 8

DutchNews podcast – The Jihadi Daycare Edition – Week 8

  The sound of doors slamming shut echoes through this week’s podcast as the Netherlands says it will turn away returning IS fighters, Venezuela closes its border with Curacao and a Dutch journalist has a full-on crockery-smashing row with a Fox News host. We also find out how the cabinet got its fingers burned over energy bills and discuss whether compelling children from immigrant families to attend pre-school will really help them integrate better. News Coalition parties projected to lose... More >