Friday, February 25, 2011

Radio Netherlands Program Preview, Feb. 25-March 3

Did you ever happen to come across a tense situation that was turning nasty and decide to interfere? Or do you regret afterwards not doing so? You're not the only one. Join our guests on this week's The State We're In who all have a story to tell about stepping in.

Enjoy our programmes!


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

This week: Stepping in

You see a tense situation developing. It looks bad, but you’re not sure. Do you step in or mind your own business? Today’s guests all have their own stories about stepping in, from Nigeria, the US, Sri Lanka and Burma.

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: Born free?

Our environment is becoming increasingly monitored, and securitised. All for our own good, apparently. From intelligent surveillance and inserting RFID chips in your body, to the little things we encounter in our daily lives, we look at the policing of our brave new world.

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:

Is Ivory Coast turning into an ivory tower?
In the middle of the Dutch gay paradise some Africans have found hell.
Celebrating Black History Month.

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: Why we must save our forests now

Every day Africa’s forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. Scientists say that cutting trees leads to deforestation and this eventually leads to extreme weather conditions, including floods and drought.

Deforestation also deprives people of their livelihoods. In this edition, four African climate change experts discuss why it is important for us to protect our trees and what would happen if we continue cutting down our forest cover in Africa.

First airing: Monday 18:00 UTC

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

This week:

Information warriors in India are threatened for exposing corrupt links between government, the private sector and criminal elements. And Dr Mobin Akhtar, carries on his information crusade in Pakistan, trying to convince ordinary Paksitanis that sex and sexuality do not go against the teachings of Islam.

(There'll be a new edition of the programme on Thursday 3 March)

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:

Sister Rose - by Lydia Vonyler from Grenada. Lessons in lying.

First airing: Tuesday 00:55 UTC

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

This week:

The South African band Bongo Moffin plays kwaito music, the party and dance music of the black youth from the townships. It's an urban sound in which house, rap, hip hop, reggae, gospel and R&B are mixed with different South African styles.

For decades Oliver Mtukudzi with his backing group the Black Spirits has been one of Zimbabwe's most popular artists. You can hear a wonderful mixture of Zimbabwean and South African styles, as well as Western pop in his dance grooves.

First airing: Monday 03:00 UTC

RNW Classical
Classical concerts from the Royal Concertgebouw as well as studio recordings of Dutch performers, presented by Hans Haffmans.

A relay of part of the music programming of our sister web station

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

English on shortwave

All times UTC

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