Friday 21 February 2020
DutchNews podcast – The Everyone’s a Muppet Edition – Week 8

DutchNews podcast – The Everyone’s a Muppet Edition – Week 8

A blockbuster edition of the podcast this week as the Dutch government sends in Stef Blok to wrestle with a muppet named Brexit and try to beat Venezuela’s aid blockade by going through Curacao. We also hear how Ajax took pride from a home defeat, Amsterdam’s mayor raised the stop sign to red light tourism and a Dutch entrepreneur’s flour bomb blew up in his face. In our discussion we review the court decision that could allow dozens of people... More >


DutchNews Podcast – The Whistling Dixit Edition – Week 6

DutchNews Podcast – The Whistling Dixit Edition – Week 6

  There’s an end of days feel to the podcast as we review a week in which schoolchildren took a collective day off to demand urgent action on global warming, just days after MPs agreed to talk about it for a bit longer. We also look at how Geert Wilders became Islam’s number one recruiting sergeant, why a no-deal Brexit could trigger medicine shortages in the Netherlands, a setback for British expats and Dutch shoemakers, and perhaps the most alarming... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Tweede Derde Vierde Kamer Mint Edition – Week 5

DutchNews podcast – The Tweede Derde Vierde Kamer Mint Edition – Week 5

  It’s a high-stakes edition of the podcast as political parties are banned from receiving foreign donations, the government sees an €8 million Rubens painting go west and cyclists face €95 fines for using mobile phones. In sport, physiotherapists’ goldmine Robin van Persie leaves Ajax’s €75 million man chasing shadows in the Klassieker, while FC Utrecht call time on Dick Advocaat’s lucrative career. And we discuss whether the deal to grant amnesty for more child refugees to settle means Mark... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Barefoot Refugees Edition – Week 4

DutchNews podcast – The Barefoot Refugees Edition – Week 4

Dirty money and clean air are the hot topics on this week’s podcast as the government is warned it won’t meet the targets for CO2 emissions in the Urgenda ruling, while coming under pressure to tighten its fiscal rules to stop tax money flowing out of the country and organised criminals flowing in. In sport Frenkie de Jong celebrates his big-money transfer to Barcelona by leaking four goals to Heerenveen. And the controversial Oostvaardersplassen cull proves to be a big... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Blame David Cameron Edition – Week 3

DutchNews podcast – The Blame David Cameron Edition – Week 3

It may be winter outside, but there’s been plenty to get hot under the collar about on the news front this week. Amsterdam’s most infamous neighbourhood gets a less than clean bill of health, party leaders turn up the heat on the climate change deal and showbiz star Gordon (no relation) sees red over a spicy TV review. We also bring you the results of the Ophef of the Year vote, hot off the press, and discuss the ongoing nuclear... More >


DutchNews Podcast – The Bonfire of the Ophefs Edition – Week 2

DutchNews Podcast – The Bonfire of the Ophefs Edition – Week 2

  The podcast returns after the Christmas holidays to blaze a trail through the opening week of the year. We ask why a 48-metre bonfire on a beach on a windy night surprised the authorities by setting things on fire, whether internationals are really responsible for Amsterdam’s sizzling hot housing market, and what British nationals in the Netherlands can do if they want to escape the firestorm of Brexit. In our discussion we choose our 10 favourite social media micro-infernos... More >


DutchNews bonus podcast: The 2000 Problems But Zoutelande Ain’t One Edition

DutchNews bonus podcast: The 2000 Problems But Zoutelande Ain’t One Edition

The podcast team is taking a break over the festive season to stuff themselves full of rollade, kerststol and Advocaat, but we have a special bonus discussion for you on one of the Netherlands’ most enduring traditions, the Top 2000. Every year the nation casts its votes for its favourite pop tunes, which are then played in reverse order during the week after Christmas, inevitably culminating with Bohemian Rhapsody in the final minutes of 2018. As Gordon bemoans the whole... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Commercial Breakdown Edition – Week 50

DutchNews podcast – The Commercial Breakdown Edition – Week 50

  Our last podcast of the year features a helter-skelter game of red cards, own goals and penalties that ultimately changed nothing, while away from the Brexit negotiations Ajax qualified for the next round of the Champions League. We ask why girls are more likely to move up the educational ladder then boys, whether stints will ever be allowed back on cycle paths and why a group of Chinese villagers were told to Buddha off by a Dutch court. In... More >


DutchNews podcast – The George Soros Eye Shadow Palettes Edition – Week 49

DutchNews podcast – The George Soros Eye Shadow Palettes Edition – Week 49

  As a round-the-clock deportation-busting church service draws the attention of the world’s media, Amsterdam calls time on the giant letters outside the Rijksmuseum, Dick Advocaat causes some ophef when he gets a time out in the referee’s room and Emile Ratelband is told he can’t turn the clock back on his passport. We also discuss why the Marrakesh pact to control migration has sparked a heated debate both in the Tweede Kamer and internationally. Ophef of the week: Intratuin’s... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Ginger and Lime Brexit Edition – Week 48

DutchNews podcast – The Ginger and Lime Brexit Edition – Week 48

The past looms large in this week’s podcast as rail operator NS agrees to compensate Holocaust victims who were transported on its trains. Amsterdam’s mayor comes under pressure to enforce the so-called burka ban, there’s a run on contraceptive pills, Mark Rutte delivers a ‘deal or no deal’ message on Brexit and health insurers sound the death knell for reincarnation therapy. In our discussion we look at the contenders for the annual Word of the Year competition. Ophef of the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Piets and Pensions Edition – Week 47

DutchNews podcast – The Piets and Pensions Edition – Week 47

  Things fall apart in this week’s podcast as we update you on the increasingly bitter Zwarte Piet debate, plans to deal with a no-deal Brexit, the dispute over the 30% ruling and an electoral boycott triggered by a missing hyphen. Thankfully the football team salvaged some pride with their stunning comeback against Germany. In our discussion we ask if the breakdown of talks to reform the pension system is the beginning of the end for the Dutch polder model.... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Brex’nkaas Breakdown Edition – Week 46

DutchNews podcast – The Brex’nkaas Breakdown Edition – Week 46

  In a week dominated by dodgy deals, Molly and Paul look at the implications of the Brexit breakthrough for UK nationals in the Netherlands, find out how a cinema chain lost €19 million in an internet scam and explain why Dutch language tests have been cancelled for the rest of the year. We also catch up with the ever petulant Max Verstappen, the triumphant women’s football team and the soft cheese manufacturers who learned the hard way that ‘over... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Mosquitos Should Be Dead By Halloween Edition – Week 45

DutchNews podcast – The Mosquitos Should Be Dead By Halloween Edition – Week 45

The regular podcast team returns to discuss whether nuclear power will kill us faster than global warming, why there’s been a rash of births among sports stars and whether filming at accident scenes should be banned. We also bring you up to date on the Pakistani lawyer fleeing religious persecution, Ajax’s revival in Europe and a forthcoming feast of Rembrandt. In the discussion we ask why several hospitals were allowed to go bankrupt last month and how the government can... More >


Dutch News podcast – The Feminazis Take Over Edition – Week 44

Dutch News podcast – The Feminazis Take Over Edition – Week 44

The Dutch News podcast this week moves to Amsterdam, ditches Gordon and Paul, and introduces a whole new host of characters behind your daily news site. Senay Boztas and Deborah Nicholls-Lee join Molly to talk about the latest in the story about an electric wagon maker filing for bankruptcy, what advice Mark Rutte is giving schoolchildren and a new turn in the case of a Dutch collector accused of owning a stolen mummy. Molly talks sports and the latest with... More >


DutchNews podcast – the Banquets and Bankruptcy Edition – Week 43

DutchNews podcast – the Banquets and Bankruptcy Edition – Week 43

  While King Willem-Alexander spiced up a royal banquet this week by mentioning Brexit and the last successful invasion of England in the same dinner speech, back in the Netherlands more recent ghosts loomed large as the government faced calls to apologise for the treatment of the so-called ‘kraut whores’ after WWII. We also focus on what happens to patients when a hospital goes bust, why religion has become a minority pursuit, the Champions League goalscoring hero who had a... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Crime Doesn’t Pay Dividend Tax Edition – Week 42

DutchNews podcast – The Crime Doesn’t Pay Dividend Tax Edition – Week 42

Fireworks and firearms are to the fore in this week’s podcast as we rake over the ashes of Rutte’s dividend tax debacle, find out how police blew open a suspected terrorist cell in Arnhem, and reveal how Amsterdam plans to make New Year a less explosive occasion. Plus the Night Watch gets a very public makeover and for once there’s plenty to cheer about in the sporting arena. In our discussion we look at how local mayors are increasingly being... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Pitchforks and Pindakaas Edition – Week 41

DutchNews podcast – The Pitchforks and Pindakaas Edition – Week 41

  It’s been a week of departures as D66 leader Alexander Pechtold handed over the reins to Rob Jetten, Mark Rutte pulled the plug on his dividend tax plan, Unilever rowed back from Rotterdam and the Zwarte Piet motorway blockers had to leave their clogs at the door. Plus Bibian Mentel hangs up her snowboard as she reveals she’s been diagnosed with cancer for the 10th time. In our discussion we take a look at the ongoing efforts to reunite... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Blackface Barbies and Bonnetjes Edition – Week 41

DutchNews podcast – The Blackface Barbies and Bonnetjes Edition – Week 41

  It’s been a week of comings and goings after Russian spies were ejected from The Hague, Pim Fortuyn’s assassin was allowed to emigrate, and Zwarte Piet got a last-minute reprieve. Ajax returned from Germany with a point in the Champions League and Unilever looked poised to stay in Brexit Britain despite the Dutch government’s offer of a tax sweetener. In our discussion we try to bring you up to speed on the national soap opera that is the Willem... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Smoke and Terrorist-Free Bubble Edition – Week 39

DutchNews podcast – The Smoke and Terrorist-Free Bubble Edition – Week 39

  Partnerships made the headlines this week as Sigrid Kaag answered Rihanna’s call to invest in education, Mark Rutte called on the UN to secure justice for the victims of the MH17 disaster and new fathers were given more time off work to spend with their babies. One baby that stirred more controversy was Morgan the orca’s calf, born in Tenerife despite a ‘no breeding’ clause in the contract that regulated her move to Spain. And police and security services... More >


DutchNews podcast – The All The King’s Belgian Horses Edition – Week 38

DutchNews podcast – The All The King’s Belgian Horses Edition – Week 38

  In this week’s podcast we bring you the latest news on the tragic accident in Brabant that cost four young children their lives. As it was budget day we also analyse the government’s financial plans, including controversial measures on the dividend tax and the 30% ruling, as well as who wore the best hats and how government statisticians and Belgian horses made up the numbers. And while Dick Lawyer returned to the field for a last hurrah, a group... More >