Friday, January 21, 2011

Radio Netherlands Program Preview Jan 21-27

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The State We're In
Jonathan Groubert and his team look at current events from an unexpected perspective.

This week: Us and Them

Anthony Shaffer was an American spy whose last mission was in Afghanistan. The military didn’t want him to go public with his story of institutional bloat and incompetence, but he did, in a heavily censored book.

Abdul Zaeef was one of the founders of the Taliban. He was imprisoned in Guantanamo for four years, yet still believes in its cause.

Journalist Hermione Gee visits the “kinder”, “gentler” Guantanamo Bay detentions facility.

First airing: Saturday 02:00 UTC

Earth Beat
Marnie Chesterton and her team look at the footprint we’re leaving on our planet.

This week: Man versus nature

From growing grapes in Siberia to living with cliff erosion and turning trees into streetlights, who emerges the victor?

First airing: Friday 02:00 UTC

Bridges With Africa
We're giving the microphone to Diaspora groups in Europe and are linking up with stations in Africa.

This week:

Economic realities give South Sudan a party hangover
Half way into his presidency, we ask: What has Obama done for Africa?
Rwandan artist Stromae takes a Dutch music festival by storm.

First airing: Friday 00:00 UTC

Africa in Progress
Inspiring round-table discussions with guest speakers and in -depth interviews give listeners food for thought.

This week: Did Africa benefit from the 2010 World Cup?

The 2010 World Cup, hosted by an African country for the first time, is widely seen as a major achievement by South Africa. But what did it bring to the country and to the rest of the continent? And who profited the most?

A few months after the event, it’s time for a cautious preliminary assessment, with three football watchers.

First airing: Monday 18:00 UTC

South Asia Wired
Program in which South Asians get to talk to each other, hosted by Dheera Sujan.

This week:

A new report says minorities in Sri Lanka are not treated equally. Tamils and Muslims face harsh living conditions, economic marginalisation and language discrimination.

(There'll be a new edition of the programme on Thursday 27 January)
First airing: Thursday 15:14 UTC

Commonwealth Story
A selection of winning stories chosen from the large number of entries for the 2010 Commonwealth Short Story Competition.

This week: Vantage Point - by Sandrina Abeywardene from Sri Lanka. Kindness and violence on the streets of Colombo.

First airing: Tuesday 00:55 UTC

Hear the Word
Listen to the world’s musical heartbeat on RNW. A brand new world music series hosted by Dheera Sujan.

The multicultural society of many a Western country is reflected in music by Turkish-Dutch performer Tarhana and Tunisian-Belgian Ghalia Benali. Other musicians this week include Natasha Mirkovic from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Matthias Loibner from Austria and Dutch-Cape Verdian Dina Medina. The programme is presented by Dheera Sujan.

First airing: Monday 03:00 UTC

Live at the Concertbouw
A classical concert series featuring the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and others.

Monday Edition

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Markus Stenz performs works by Bruckner, Mahler, Glanert, Janacek and Dutch composer Alphons Diepenbrock. Your host is Hans Haffmans.

Tuesday Edition

Today's music ranges from the 19th century to the very present. From Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto to Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, and up to the 2009 world première of Van Onna's Antarctica. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Jakov Kreizberg, and the concert is hosted by Hans Haffmans.

First airing: Monday 01:00 UTC
(Radio Netherlands)

English service

All times UTC / af (Africa) as (Asia) va (various target areas)

1000-1057 9720as 12065as
1400-1500 12080as 15595va
1500-1557 15595as
1800-1857 6020af 11655af
1900-1957 7425af 9895af 11615af 11655af
2000-2057 5935af 7425af 11655af
(R Netherlands/Leo van der Wounde)