Thursday, March 24, 2011

Radio Netherlands Program Preview, March 25-31


Once again a long, dark and dreary Dutch winter has come to an end. And as we're soaking in the first rays of spring sunshine, preparations for our new summer schedule are in full swing. And many of you will be pleased to hear an old favourite is back: Global Perspective.

The new schedule starts on Sunday 27 March and ends on 30 October 2011.

Enjoy our programmes,

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

This week: New chapters

A man fought jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan until he realised how extremists had hijacked the term. Now he’s fighting a war of ideas against the radical view of jihad. A Swedish man loses his family in the tsunami of 2004. But he was joyfully shocked by finding a new wife and starting a new family. A woman in Australia is traumatised by a mass murder, losing her musical abilities. But she regains them after she takes up shooting lessons.

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: What would happen if the world, at least as we know it, came to an end?

From building bunkers and preparing for the worst, to photographing parts of the Earth that we’ve destroyed, we examine what happens when the end comes.

First airing: Friday 03:00 UTC

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

This week:

Dutch fighter jets head for Libya.
Tackling gender violence in South Africa.
The Nigerian singer with his eyes on a Grammy. We talk to Darey.

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 cut 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: Pregnancy, the latest outsource boom in India

Commercial surrogacy is expected to generate 1.7 billion euro annually in India from 2012. Those involved in the business insist it’s a “wi- win” situation for all concerned – giving infertile couples a longed-for baby, and the surrogate mothers a chance to earn a heap of money for their families.

And a heap of money is to be made for sure – but who’s pocketing it, and who’s paying the real price?

(There'll be a new edition of the programme on Thursday 31 March)

First airing: Thursday 14:00 UTC

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

This week:
The lift - by Matthew Gibbs from Australia. A story about child trafficking.

First airing: Tuesday 00:55 UTC

Global Perspective
Who says I can’t… is the motto of this year’s collaboration of international broadcasters, offering stories of defiance and perseverance.

This week: Who says I can't fish?

Around one billion people in the world rely on fish as their primary source of protein, but fishermen in many parts of the world are having greater restrictions put on their fishing because of concerns about the level of fish stocks. In this week’s Global Perspective, the BBC’s Charlotte Smith visits the small town of Scarborough in the North East of England, to tell this story from a British perspective.

First airing: Monday 17:30 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: Reena Shrivastava (sitar); Trilok Gurtu (percussion) & The Glimpse; Debashish Bhattacharya (Hindustani slide guitar)

A programme with a variety of music from India: classic raga sounds on the sitar and on the Hindustani slide guitar, as well as funky fusion sounds with exciting percussion.

First airing: Monday 00:00 UTC

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

Available 24 hours a day via our sister web station

English service to March 26, 2011
All times UTC

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)

English service from March 27, 2011

0959-1000 12065as 15110as
1000-1057 12065as 15110as
1359-1400 11835as
1400-1457 9800as 11835as
1759-1800 6020af 15495af
1800-1857 6020af 15495af
1859-1900 7425af 11610af
1900-1957 7425af 15495af
2000-2057 7425af 11610af
(R Netherlands/Leo van der Wounde)