Monday 19 April 2021
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 >


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 >