The Europeans show

The Europeans

Summary: Fed up with all the Trumpy news from the USA or the Brexit-y news from Britain? Well you've come to the right place. Each week we trawl the continent of Europe for the most interesting stories to cover and the most fascinating people to interview. This semi-serious, semi-silly, Brexit-free show, from a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, will make you seem clever to friends and make you feel like you've got two NEW friends in Katy and Dominic. You probably didn't realise you needed a European podcast in your life, but this will fill the gap that you didn't even know was there.

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 A war on the edge of Europe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2043

This week the journalist Arzu Geybulla is here to help us untangle the conflict that has broken out between Armenia and Azerbaijan; if you're confused about Nagorno-Karabakh, this is the podcast for you. We're also discussing Poland's abortion ban, the Pope's big move on same-sex civil unions, and Europe's latest weird art prank. Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this podcast and you have a few coins to spare, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping into our fund at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Arzu recommends Black Garden by Thomas de Waal, as well as updates from Laurence Broers. You can also follow Arzu on Twitter here. Katy is watching Barbarians on Netflix. Dominic is watching Season 2 of Killing Eve. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

 The House of Many Languages | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2092

This week Dominic is furious about the EU vote on whether or not veggie burgers can be called veggie burgers, so we're distracting him with languages. Interpreter extraordinaire Alexander Drechsel is here to discuss the weird English dialect that has developed in Brussels, and whether the EU of the future will be anglophone. Plus, Sarkozy, Sweden's big-spending military, and adorable nuns. Thanks for listening! If you like the show and have a couple of euros / dollars / pounds to spare each month, you can support us at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Alex is on Twitter @adrechsel, and you can get tickets for his November 18 debate on the role of English in the EU here. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

 The One Where We Interview A Prime Minister | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1561

Ok, ok, the title of this episode might be a bit of a stretch, but she WAS prime minister for a day. This week we chatted to 16-year-old Aava Murto about what happened when she got to replace Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin for 24 hours.  Also this week: the downfall of Greece's Golden Dawn neo-Nazis, Bulgaria's anti-corruption protests, and Iga Swiatek's brilliant French Open performance. Thanks for listening! If you like our show and want to help us keep making it, you can chip in a few euros / pounds / dollars a month at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. How Norway makes rule of law offenders pay - Politico This week's isolation inspiration: Mary Wollestonecraft - Letters Written in Sweden, Norway and Denmark; Michelle Buteau - Welcome to Buteaupia Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

 The oat milk question | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1873

We've got a food-themed episode for you this week: bread, meat, and oat milk ethics. We're talking to the documentary-maker Fredrik Gertten about why Swedish vegan company Oatly may be making a deal with the devil. We're also discussing why Subway bread isn't bread (in Ireland at least) and asking why the wurst may be over in Germany. Plus, foul-mouthed parrots. Because everyone needs foul-mouthed parrots. Thanks for listening! If you like our show and want to help us keep making it, you can chip in a few euros / pounds / dollars a month at patreon.com/europeanspodcast.  Watch Fredrik's award-winning documentary Push here, and listen to his podcast here. This week's isolation inspiration: Notes to Self by Emilie Pine; Kidnapping (ARTE). Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com 

 Poison, puffins and the people's game | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1987

This week, the game that unites this continent. We're talking to Eniola Aluko, former England and Juventus striker, about her experience as a black woman in European football. We're also talking about what it's like to recover from a Russian Novichok poisoning; Europe's latest refugee plan; and clever puffins. Thanks for listening! If you'd like to help us keep making The Europeans, you can chip in a couple of euros/dollars/pounds a month to our Patreon fund: patreon.com/europeanspodcast. You can watch Eni speaking at the Forum on European Culture here, and check out her book here. This week's Isolation Inspiration: Hanna, The Vampire Ship, and the latest issue of Are We Europe. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

 Make Europe Romantic Again | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2051

Could Europe do with a 19th-century reboot? This week we're talking to Simon Strauss, millennial star of the German literary world, about why he thinks Romanticism is the future. We also hear about a lovely project he's launched to collect the stories of ageing Europeans. Plus: Ursula's big day, eco-burials, and what Tchaikovsky got in the post. Simon's smash-hit novel, Seven Nights, is now available in English: https://rare-bird-books.myshopify.com/products/seven-nights Read his 2018 keynote from the Forum on European Culture: https://cultureforum.eu/report2018/wp-content/uploads/Day-3_keynote-simon-strauss.pdf And check out the European Archive of Voices: https://usefenut.myhostpoint.ch/european-archive-of-voices/ This week's Isolation Inspiration: Why Did You Betray Me? https://www.decomposedshow.org/episode/2019/04/30/why-did-you-betray-me-tchaikovsky La Haine https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/la_haine  Thanks for listening. If you like our show and would like to help us keep making it, we'd be really grateful if you could chip in a few dollars a month at https://patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

 The women of Belarus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1906

Women are kicking ass in Belarus right now, and this week we're catching up with the journalist Hanna Liubakova about why — and where the protest movement is going. We're also talking about the fire at Greece's Moria refugee camp and the mess that is Europe's refugee policy. Plus: greener energy choices in Portugal and the French film behind the #CancelNetflix hashtag. Follow Hanna on Twitter for essential updates on Belarus: https://twitter.com/HannaLiubakova The Forum on European Culture runs in Amsterdam/online from September 17-20. Check out the line-up here: https://cultureforum.eu Thanks for listening! If you'd like to help us keep making this show, please consider chipping in a couple of dollars or euros a month at https://patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

 Italy's past, Europe's future | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1932

We're back from our summer break and here to bring you all the European Things that have been missing from your life. This week, the Italian novelist Francesca Melandri on what happened when her beautiful Letter From The Future went viral; we also chat about how Italy deals (or doesn't) with the past. Also this week: theatrical freedom in Hungary, extremely slow music, and a fly-swatting disaster. Francesca is speaking at the Forum on European Culture next week. Get the full programme here: https://cultureforum.eu Thanks for listening! If you like our show and want to help us keep running, you can donate a couple of euros/dollars a month at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

 The Chain, part three | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1190

In this final installment of European love letters, we're travelling from Hungary to Germany, Germany to Russia, and across the border to Norway. We're celebrating the books that stay with us for a lifetime — and books that seem to have a life of their own. And we're heading to the Arctic with an extremely stubborn grandmother. The Chain is presented by Mick ter Reehorst and is a collaboration with Are We Europe as part of the Summer of Solidarity, a pop-up collaborative journalism project. Find out more at https://www.summerofsolidarity.eu. The stories you heard were written by Philip Pollak, Viola Theunissen and Nina Lamparski. Mixing and sound design was by Katz Laszlo, production by Dominic Kraemer, and editing by Katy Lee. Music and sound effects from Blue Dot Sessions and Freesound.org. You also heard the Fourth Movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B minor, and Divertimento from his Suite No.1, Op.43, via Musopen. https://europeanspodcast.com | https://www.areweeurope.com

 The Chain, part two | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1122

We're hopping from Sweden to France, France to Spain, and Spain to Austria for part two of The Chain, a series of love-letters from Europeans to each other's countries. This week we're climbing a volcano, feasting on chocolate cake, and seeing Europe through a dog's eyes. The Chain is presented by Mick ter Reehorst and is a collaboration with Are We Europe as part of the Summer of Solidarity, a pop-up collaborative journalism project. Find out more at https://www.summerofsolidarity.eu. The stories you heard were written by Julie Lindahl, Sedera Ranaivoarinosy and Marta Santiváñez. Lisa Klevermark was the voice of Ellie. Mixing and sound design was by Katz Laszlo, production by Dominic Kraemer, and editing by Katy Lee. Music and sound effects from Blue Dot Sessions and Freesound.org. The final waltz was Johann Strauss' G’schichten aus dem Wienerwald, played by the Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester. https://europeanspodcast.com | https://www.areweeurope.com

 The Chain, part one | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1168

Introducing The Chain: a series of love-letters from Europeans to each other's countries. This week we're hopping from Romania to the Netherlands, the Netherlands to Italy, Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina. We'll hear about a mountain, a monument from a non-existent country, and a life-changing conversation in a soap shop. The Chain is presented by Mick ter Reehorst and is a collaboration with Are We Europe as part of the Summer of Solidarity, a pop-up collaborative journalism project. Find out more at https://www.summerofsolidarity.eu. The stories you heard were written and recorded by Andreea Sirbu, Thomas van Neerbos and Veronica Tosetti, and produced by Dominic Kraemer, Katz Laszlo and Katy Lee. Music and sound effects from Blue Dot Sessions and Freesound (including Richard Laiepce, antigonia, genghis attenborough, and Katz' own field recordings). https://europeanspodcast.com | https://www.areweeurope.com

 The Summer of Solidarity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2068

In our last episode before a little summer break, we're zooming out and taking a look at the state of Europe with Natalie Nougayrède. The Guardian columnist and former Le Monde editor is spearheading Summer of Solidarity, a collaborative journalism project celebrating human stories across Europe. We chat about the 'othering' of Central and Eastern Europeans and the case for a pan-European media outlet. Also this week: Poland's election, problematic metro names, and the power of bison. We want your stories for our special summer episodes! Find out more: https://europeanspodcast.com/the-chain Explore the Summer of Solidarity, including some great Spotify playlists, at https://www.summerofsolidarity.eu Thanks for listening! If you like the show and want to help us keep making it, you can chip in as little as $2 month at https://www.patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com 

 George Soros, Explained | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2036

Why has George Soros inspired conspiracy theories involving everything from the Holocaust to Beyoncé? This week we're talking to Emily Tamkin, author of 'The Influence of Soros', about why the Hungarian-born billionaire is such a source of fascination and controversy. Also this week: Belgium faces its past; Latvia faces Russian 'propaganda' efforts; and Parisian jazz goes solo. Thanks for listening! If you like our show and want to make sure we can keep making it, you can chip in a couple of dollars a month at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Emily's book is out now: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062972637/the-influence-of-soros/ 'Russia's RT Network: Is It More BBC or KGB?' - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/world/europe/russias-rt-network-is-it-more-bbc-or-kgb.html 'RT, Sputnik and Russia's New Theory of War' - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/magazine/rt-sputnik-and-russias-new-theory-of-war.html Malin Broman x 8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWwLSsfdmNk Floor Is Lava https://www.netflix.com/title/81006858 Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

 The Political Pianist | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1970

Igor Levit, as the New Yorker put it, "Is Like No Other Pianist". This week we chatted to the German-Russian superstar about playing for 15 hours straight, why he staged 50 concerts from his living room, and Germany's ongoing struggle against systemic racism. We're also talking about France's "green wave" and Romania's very expensive super-church. Thanks for listening! If you like the show, you can chip in a few dollars a month to help us keep running at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. Follow Igor on Twitter and Instagram and watch his epic performance of Erik Satie's Vexations here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu_03mUPgHU Eurovision Song Contest - The Story of Fire Saga: https://www.netflix.com/title/80244088 The Fog of Srebrenica: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thefogofsrebrenica Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

 Love, bees and brain surgery | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1974

This week we're celebrating those moments when Europeans are actually nice to each other. Rafael Loss, data wizard at the European Council on Foreign Relations, is on the line from Berlin to explain why he built an online tool to track solidarity during the C-word crisis. We're also talking about Serbia's elections, Croatian bees, and awake brain surgery. Thanks for listening! If you enjoy the show, please consider a small monthly donation to help keep us running: https://patreon.com/europeanspodcast   The Silver Lining, the latest magazine from Are We Europe, is out now! Enter EUROPEANS at the checkout for 30% off: https://www.areweeurope.com/store/the-silver-lining Summer of Solidarity - explore all kinds of European stories here: https://www.summerofsolidarity.eu Check out Rafael's Solidarity Tracker: https://www.ecfr.eu/solidaritytracker On Sweden's sexual consent law - The Local: https://www.thelocal.se/20200616/how-swedens-new-consent-law-led-to-a-75-rise-in-rape-convictions Still Life On The Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg00VY78QdQ&app=desktop Where's Simon? The London Symphony Orchestra: https://lso.co.uk/whats-on/alwaysplaying/digitalactivities/wheres-simon.html Dominic's colleague having awake brain surgery: https://youtu.be/obiARnsKUAo Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

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