Friday 21 February 2020
DutchNews podcast – The So Many Organs Edition – Week 7

DutchNews podcast – The So Many Organs Edition – Week 7

This week’s podcast brings you up to speed with the gold rush for Dutch skaters at the Winter Olympics, the minister who lost his job over a lie and the eagle that went awol after being harassed by seagulls. We also reflect on the life of the Netherlands’ longest serving prime minister, Ruud Lubbers, and the consequences of the new organ donation law. In our discussion we look at the growing campaign to sue the tobacco industry for damaging public... More >


Dutch News Podcast – The F**k the King Edition – Week 6

Dutch News Podcast – The F**k the King Edition – Week 6

This week’s podcast brings you the latest on the Brexit court case in Amsterdam, the race row engulfing the Forum voor Democratie and the party leader whose career capsized in the Maldives. The Dutch government replaces the leaders of its smallest Caribbean territory and Ronald Koeman replaces Dick Advocaat as manager of the national football team. Plus we look ahead to the Winter Olympics and ask if Dutch skaters will dominate the ice rink again in Pyeongchang. Top story British... More >


DutchNews Podcast – The Sacred Cows Edition – Week 5

DutchNews Podcast – The Sacred Cows Edition – Week 5

  In this week’s podcast we ask who was responsible for the cyber attacks that mysteriously hit Dutch banks a week after details emerged of the security services’ role in a counterespionage operation against Russia. Plans to cut gas production in Groningen and compensate earthquake-hit householders got back on track, the senate debated changes to the law on organ donation and there was a happy ending for Hermien the fugitive cow. In our discussion we look at why the debate... More >


DutchNews podcast – the Foreign Invaders Edition – Week 4

DutchNews podcast – the Foreign Invaders Edition – Week 4

In this week’s podcast: how the Dutch caught the Russians hacking the American election; why the Belgians swelled the numbers at a Dutch nationalist rally; how a German wolf roamed the Netherlands for two weeks but dined out in Belgium; what police did when a dinosaur showed up in Almelo; and why Limburg wants to be shot of its imported beavers. In our discussion we focus on the trials and tribulations of housebuying in the Netherlands. Top story Dutch security services... More >


DutchNews podcast – But Everybody Speaks English Edition – Week 3

DutchNews podcast – But Everybody Speaks English Edition – Week 3

In this week’s podcast we survey the debris from a winter storm that cost €90 million and the obstacles on the path to learning Dutch. Plus how the Belgians came to the rescue when the Russians came calling, why an Amsterdam court became the latest Brexit battleground and the fake news item that’s been exposed after 370 years. You can also hear how Molly’s favourite football manager fared as he tried to revive Sparta’s fortunes. Top story Damage bill for... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Men Can’t Apologise Properly Edition – Week 2

DutchNews podcast – The Men Can’t Apologise Properly Edition – Week 2

The podcast team looks back at a week of shocks that began with another earthquake in Groningen, saw the PVV whip up a social media storm in Utrecht and ended with a baptism of fire for new US ambassador Peter Hoekstra. How did Camiel Eurlings’ apology backfire, why was nobody in the least perturbed when the rivers overflowed, and did Hoekstra backtrack on his denial that something he claimed never to have said was fake news? Plus we discuss the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Arkmageddon Alpacalypse Edition – Week 1

DutchNews podcast – The Arkmageddon Alpacalypse Edition – Week 1

The DutchNews podcast returns after an extended Christmas break with a feast of news from the old year and the new. We catch up on the Dutch winter storm that was too fierce for Noah’s Ark, the former minister who crashed his bus while texting behind the wheel and the whirlwind of fake news that engulfed the new US ambassador. Plus what happened when Rotterdam police unveiled plans to undress suspects in the street and an alpaca went walkabout in... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Grinch Stole My Oliebollen Edition – Week 49

DutchNews podcast – The Grinch Stole My Oliebollen Edition – Week 49

  There’s not much Christmas cheer in our last podcast of the year, as the Dutch government joins the chorus of disapproval against Donald Trump’s latest diplomatic intervention, texting while cycling is officially frowned on, a radio station is pilloried for a sexist prank and Spain comes under fire for its treatment of Morgan the orca. Andre Rieu makes a surprise guest appearance in our sports news, while our end-of-year discussion looks at some of the top 2000 reasons to... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Poison Chalice of Fake News Edition – Week 48

DutchNews podcast – The Poison Chalice of Fake News Edition – Week 48

In this week’s podcast we tackle the biggest, blackest hot potato of our times – when and how will the Zwarte Piet debate end? It’s been a week of bitterness and recriminations, with a chaotic end to the Yugoslavia tribunals in The Hague and the Dutch government facing accusations of fitting up an airline pilot who spent eight years in an Argentinian jail before being cleared this week of throwing dissidents out of planes in the 1970s. We also pick... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Random Descriptions of Boners Edition – Week 47

DutchNews podcast – The Random Descriptions of Boners Edition – Week 47

We look back on a week of thwarted protests as MPs fail to talk out a bill to scrap a tax break for homeowners and the A7 motorway is gridlocked by the Zwarte Piet debate. Amsterdam emerges as the first big winner in the Great Brexit Clearance Sale (and immediately frets about the effect on house prices), the Yugoslavia tribunal in The Hague delivers its verdict on the Butcher of Bosnia and a Dutch men’s sports team shocks Europe by... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Dog Ate My Flag Edition – Week 46

DutchNews podcast – The Dog Ate My Flag Edition – Week 46

0 In this week’s podcast we ask how the government can afford to give away €1.4 billion to foreign shareholders but only has €100 to spend on a flag for the Parliament chamber. Our favourite football manager Dick Advocaat bows out on a high note, a student fights for the right to be employed by Deliveroo and the OECD confirms what we’ve always suspected about Dutch doctors. Meanwhile, gummy bears caused a commotion in Utrecht while raw herring and manure... More >


DutchNews Podcast – The Tax-Free Millionaires’ Shortbread Edition – Week 45

DutchNews Podcast – The Tax-Free Millionaires’ Shortbread Edition – Week 45

In the week that the Paradise Papers leak exposed some of the the murky dealings of the Dutch revenue service and Mark Rutte faced some awkward questions about his plans to scrap dividend tax, we ask how and why the Netherlands became a Valhalla of tax efficiency. Elsewhere, Dick Advocaat accidentally discloses his own departure as national team manager, a Van Gogh painting is revealed to contain a departed insect, and the deadline looms for health insurers to declare their... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Unfortunate Train Name Edition – Week 44

DutchNews podcast – The Unfortunate Train Name Edition – Week 44

This week’s podcast has a transport theme as a judge calls time on Amsterdam’s beer bikes, the Anne Frank Foundation cries foul on Germany’s national rail operator and Russia has a hissy fit over air cargo slots at Schiphol. We also tackle the mystery of the cat that travelled 150km to a Belgian town with an appropriate name. In our discussion we analyse the two-day debate in Parliament to welcome the new Dutch government. Top story Government ‘will ignore result... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Shoes That Should Be Sterilised Edition – Week 43

DutchNews podcast – The Shoes That Should Be Sterilised Edition – Week 43

In this week’s we give you the lowdown on who’s who in the new Dutch government and find out why the health minister’s shoes made a splash at the swearing-in ceremony. Others to make a splash this week were the protester who disrupted a dolphin show in Japan and the students who came up with a novel way to stop green roofs leaking. In sport, we find out why Max Verstappen is still angry about being pushed off the podium... More >


DutchNews podcast – The There Are Too Many Ministers Edition – Week 42

DutchNews podcast – The There Are Too Many Ministers Edition – Week 42

In a change to our regular podcast format, this week we interview author Ben Coates about why the Dutch are different, how he became an accidental migrant and how, as a former British political hack, he struggled to make sense of a political system that relies on parties agreeing with each other. We also bring you the names to look out for as the new Dutch government takes shape, the latest news on the murder of student Anne Faber and... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Whistleblowing Chicken Edition – Week 41

DutchNews podcast – The Whistleblowing Chicken Edition – Week 41

  There’s an early Christmas feel to this week’s podcast as we unpack the eagerly awaited coalition agreement, wrap up the Abba penalty kicks saga and find out how a neglected pet chicken led police to a drug dealer’s treasure trove. We also have news of some green eggs and a ham-fisted attempt to break out of jail. Top story Police find body of missing woman Anne Faber News Campaigners win referendum on online snooping law Helicopter prison break plan... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Deplorable Hand Grenade Edition – Week 40

DutchNews podcast – The Deplorable Hand Grenade Edition – Week 40

In this week’s podcast we ask why the defence minister quit in the government’s final days, why Anne Frank is the subject of a cold case inquiry and why Amsterdam is taking drastic measures to stop the rampant spread of tourist shops. There’s also a rare sporting victory to celebrate and the latest in the long-running ABBA penalties saga. In our discussion we explain why iodine tablets are being distributed to thousands of households with children. Top story Defence minister Jeanine Hennis quits over report... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Cannibal Car Park Edition – Week 39

DutchNews podcast – The Cannibal Car Park Edition – Week 39

The podcast team report on a scrap for the finance minister’s job, a narrow escape when a car park couldn’t stand the heat and a penalty shoot-out that’s being decided in the courtroom. We also find out why the defence minister is coming under pressure over a military accident in Mali, and why prosecutors are investigating a doctor in a euthanasia case. In our discussion we examine the benefits and challenges of the Dutch health insurance system. Top story Coalition parties scrap for finance minister’s job Defence minister under... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Horses and Hoedjes Edition – Week 38

DutchNews podcast – The Horses and Hoedjes Edition – Week 38

The podcast team review the hats, horses and financial repercussions of Prinsjesdag, explain why a toilet protest had to be cancelled and try to pick their way through a consignment of 300 identical bikes in Tilburg and a disorderly penalty shoot-out in Amsterdam. Our discussion asks why Hema’s decision to change the way it sells children’s clothes sparked an outcry on social media. Sint-Maarten fundraising day collects €13.3m for disaster relief Top story Few giveaways in outgoing government’s last budget... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Twitchy Game Show Finger Edition – Week 37

DutchNews podcast – The Twitchy Game Show Finger Edition – Week 37

    While storms ravaged the Dutch coast and Sint-Maarten continued to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the coalition talks remained stuck in the doldrums on the eve of Prinsjesdag – or ‘Budget Day’ as we’re fond of calling it. This week’s podcast gives you the lowdown on the history, horses and hats that make up the ceremonial opening of the Parliamentary year. We also tell you about a woman who lost €147 when she was caught short in Amsterdam and... More >