Friday 21 February 2020
DutchNews podcast – The Suicidal Kleptocat Edition – Week 36

DutchNews podcast – The Suicidal Kleptocat Edition – Week 36

The podcast team wraps up a busy week in the news that included Hurricane Irma, a ban on sugary drinks in schools, a controversy over a suicide drug and a cat that’s been nicking knickers from its neighbours. We also discuss the likely impact of the court judgment that required the caretaker government to come up with new plans to tackle air pollution. Top story Hurricane Irma devastates Dutch Caribbean islands News No budget debate this year (NOS, Dutch) Suicide powder boosts membership of... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Loose Camel Edition – Week 35

DutchNews podcast – The Loose Camel Edition – Week 35

This week’s podcast brings you up to speed on the budget crisis that almost felled a lame-duck government, the student who went to court seeking a volte-face in her French exam results and the ongoing misery circus that is Dutch football. Plus some camels go on the run in Castricum and we find out how the Dutch manage to work fewer hours than anyone else in Europe. In our discussion we look at the problem of fake news and ask... More >


DutchNews podcast: The What Is Taking Them So Long Edition

DutchNews podcast: The What Is Taking Them So Long Edition

In this week’s podcast we learn how one angry young man caused a concert to be cancelled, learn why you’re increasingly likely to be born and die on a weekday, find out how smartphones have learned to speak Limburgish and review the latest sporting successes and failures. Plus we discuss what impact the threat of terrorism has had on day-to-day life in the Netherlands. Top story Terror warning cancels concert in Rotterdam News Coalition talks move to country estate Girl sues over failed French exam Fewer... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Summer of Chicks Edition – Week 33

DutchNews podcast – The Summer of Chicks Edition – Week 33

After a five-week summer break the podcast returns with news of the great summer egg scandal, the creeping progress of the coalition talks and a string of sporting successes for one half of the country. Plus the estate agent who stirred up a storm of protest on social media and the filmmaker who proved once and for all that nothing is sacred in Dutch law. Top story: Fipronil egg scandal MPs return home from holiday early to discuss contaminated egg... More >


DutchNews podcast – The We Apologise for Everything Edition – Week 28

DutchNews podcast – The We Apologise for Everything Edition – Week 28

The final podcast before we take a well-earned summer break features sporting triumph and tragedy, why Bono held up the coalition talks and the school photo that sparked a nationwide debate. It was also the week when Tijn, the six-year-old boy who raised €2.5 million for charity by selling nail polish, and the mother of Eurovision trio OG3NE sadly lost their battles with cancer. Top story Coalition talks go nowhere slowly News School ordered to compensate Muslim pupils who missed class... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Bitterball Twist Edition – Week 27

DutchNews podcast – The Bitterball Twist Edition – Week 27

In this week’s podcast we have the latest news on the MH17 prosecution, a bus that runs on insect venom, a lemur that went walkabout and a bitter row about vegetarian snacks in Utrecht. Our discussion looks at the latest study into discrimination against ethnic minority job applicants. Top story MH17 suspects will be prosecuted in Netherlands News Customs officer who let drugs into Rotterdam jailed for 14 years Bitterballen row heats up in Utrecht TU Eindhoven unveils bus that runs on formic... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Fishy Edition – Week 26

DutchNews podcast – The Fishy Edition – Week 26

  Gordon, Molly and Paul discuss why assisted dying is back at the top of the political agenda 15 years after the Netherlands legalised euthanasia. There’s also news of the broadcasters taken hostage in Colombia,the ongoing legal fall-out from Srebrenica, a rush of big cat births and how Schiphol is planning to cut the summer queues at security. Top story Coalition talks pass 100-day mark News Primary school teachers go on strike Schiphol unveils plan for fast-track security queues TV film crew freed in... More >


DutchNews podcast – The We Demand Absolute Loyalty Edition – Week 25

DutchNews podcast – The We Demand Absolute Loyalty Edition – Week 25

  In this week’s podcast we find out where’s the best restaurant to cook up a coalition deal, the unlikely reason a Dutch film crew were kidnapped in Colombia and the even unlikelier plan to protect otters by building road tunnels for them. In the discussion Molly gets in her five cents’ worth about the participation contract which requires new residents to pledge loyalty to Dutch conventions and values. And as a bonus there’s some fake news about the teachers’ strike,... More >


DutchNews podcast – Tjeenk Willink’s Love Letters Edition – Week 24

DutchNews podcast – Tjeenk Willink’s Love Letters Edition – Week 24

In this week’s podcast we look at the latest failure to form a Dutch government, a €60,000 barrel of herring and the tragic consequences of an online ‘choke challenge’. We also have a fizzing and fruity discussion about the burgeoning craft beer scene in the Netherlands. Top story Coalition talks break down again News New herring season begins with traditional auction Amsterdam railway station crash Heineken kidnap money was invested in property (nu.nl, Dutch) Teenager died attempting choking challenge Snakes stolen from... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Paul Ducks Out Edition – Week 23

DutchNews podcast – The Paul Ducks Out Edition – Week 23

In this week’s podcast we learn about dead ducks in Rotterdam, the cheese shop boom in Amsterdam and the squeeze on international school places in The Hague. We’ve also got news of the coalition talks and the two communities rocked by the deaths of local schoolgirls. In our discussion we ask why Dutch Parliament is investigating the tax breaks that allow international companies to save billions. Top story: coalition talks Dutch coalition talks to resume: negotiator meets potential fourth partners... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Headbanging Vultures Edition – Week 22

DutchNews podcast – The Headbanging Vultures Edition – Week 22

In the week that Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate change agreement, we’ve compiled a podcast from recycled material  – another round of coalition talks, another hate speech inquiry for Geert Wilders and the first Dutch winner of a major cycling tour race for 37 years. And we dive in to the ongoing debate about whether English has become too dominant at Dutch universities. Top story Coalition talks resume with new helmsman News Wilders faces prosecution for... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Bus Baby Eagle Edition – Week 21

DutchNews podcast – The Bus Baby Eagle Edition – Week 21

Our latest podcast features the mother in Breda who checked in for one on the bus but checked out for two, why a Dutch-trained American eagle is minding Donald Trump in Brussels, and how a court decided an Iraqi refugee was ‘not gay enough’ to stay in the Netherlands. We also discuss the fall-out from Ajax’s defeat in the Europa League final and whether we’re any closer to a new Dutch government. Top story Work starts on Amsterdam Eurostar terminal News Gay refugee... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Moonlighting Monarch Edition – Week 20

DutchNews podcast – The Moonlighting Monarch Edition – Week 20

In this week’s podcast we debate the likely shape of the next government after the coalition talks broke down, find out about  look at why Amsterdam wants to let Muslim police officers wear headscarves, fight over who gets the tickets to see the pandas and jibe Molly for knowing nothing about football. Top Story King Willem-Alexander confesses to being a secret KLM pilot News Amsterdam police consider including headscarves in uniform Policeman chases own tail in pursuit of decoy bike Ede is the... More >


Dutch News Podcast – The Crashing Boars Edition – Week 19

Dutch News Podcast – The Crashing Boars Edition – Week 19

In this week’s podcast we catch up with the latest news from the coalition talks, Dutch success in the Europa League and Eurovision Song Contest, and hear about some runaway pigs in Gelderland. Unfortunately technical gremlins have deprived us of the discussion section of the programme, but normal service will hopefully be resumed next week. Top story Still no government in sight after 58 days News Schiphol tries to cut waiting times Criminals cutting off electronic tags ProRail issues warning about train track selfies... More >


Dutch News Podcast – The Treasureless Treasure Hunt Edition – Week 18

Dutch News Podcast – The Treasureless Treasure Hunt Edition – Week 18

On this Liberation Day podcast, we bring you some snakes liberated from a plane, a Rotterdam port inspector liberated from his job and some plans to liberate everyone waiting in line at Schiphol. In our discussion, we talk about who should be honored on Remembrance Day.   Eurovision dresses Coalition talks Schiphol Rotterdam port inspector Treasure hunt GeenStijl Snakes Discussion: https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/05/the-dutch-remember-their-war-dead-with-two-minutes-silence/ https://www.trouw.nl/samenleving/-vluchtelingen-herdenken-heeft-alles-met-de-nationale-dodenherdenking-te-maken-~a80e31d5/ https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/05/as-the-netherlands-remembers-its-war-dead-what-the-columnists-say/https://www.oneworld.nl/vrede-veiligheid/dodenherdenking-voor-vluchtelingen-gaat-niet-door-op-nieuwmarkt http://www.parool.nl/amsterdam/van-wie-is-de-dodenherdenking~a4491973/ https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/05/remembrance_day_should_only_fo/ http://www.volkskrant.nl/binnenland/theoloog-rikko-voorberg-wil-ook-vluchtelingen-herdenken-op-4-mei-wat-aan-de-grenzen-gebeurt-vraagt-om-nieuw-verzet~a4491986/     More >