Thursday, April 21, 2011

Radio Netherlands Program Preview, April 22-28

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

This week: Confronting History

A British man finds out his grandfather was not only a card-carrying Nazi, but a dedicated member of the SS. After a young neo-Nazi skinhead in Poland discovers his Jewish roots, he turns to a rabbi for guidance. And an Egyptian man who fled Egypt is now considering moving back to be with his son after living apart for eight years.

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:

The wet stuff, and how our dependence on it can land us in hot water. From building houses out of water bottles and swimming the world’s biggest rivers to seriously cutting back on it, Earth Beat examines our increasingly fraught relationship with H2O.

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:

Speculation grows over the health of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.
African cities of the future revealed.
A touch of the blues from Zimbabwe's Rina Mushonga.

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: Africa is lined with silver!

Tom Dietz says that our continent is lined with silver. Our economies are booming, our population is young, and lives longer. Prof Dietz is the director of the Africa Studies Centre which is attached to Leiden University in the Netherlands. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious centers for the study of Africa in the world, where many African scholars are being trained. With him we find out what makes the continent so fascinating for the rest of the world.

First airing: Monday 18:00 UTC

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

Programme bringing the full story behind the news from the region.

(There'll be a new edition of the programme on Thursday 28 April)

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:

Swallow Dive - by Melissa Madore from Canada. A moving story of loneliness and death.

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:

Elkader is a small town in the center of the American Midwest. It’s not where you’d expect to find a gay couple starting an Algerian restaurant. But this town in Iowa was named after a 19th-century Algerian jihadist. In this episode of the Global Perspective series “Who Says I Can’t”, we find out how the residents of this small Iowa town have found their own path through the Islamophobia debate.

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: Caribbean sounds.

We listen to the music from the islands of Cuba and CuraƧao.

The Cuban pianist Omar Sosa represents the New Cuban Jazz, mixed in a richly coloured palette of Afro-Cuban rhythms with intriguing improvisations and rich jazz harmonies. In the Cuban foundation of his work, elements of classical music, avant garde and even rap as well as influences from Africa, Latin America, the United States and Europe can be heard. It is music with its own, completely unique, identity.

In early November 2002, we recorded a splendid concert by the Cuban singer Polo Montanez at the Nijmegen Music Meeting, just weeks before his tragic death in a car accident in Cuba. With a style which swings between bolero, mambo and salsa he creates an intense variation of West Cuban folk music with melodic songs about love and longing and about the ordinary lives of Cuban farmers.

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

Radio Netherlands English schedule
All times UTC
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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
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