Jonathan Groubert and his team look at current events from an unexpected perspective.
This week: The extra mile
A British woman recounts being rescued by a Nazi U-Boat commander – the man responsible for torpedoing the ship she was on. A Dutch woman tracks down the father she never knew and finds him living on the streets in Australia. And a long-distance runner from Western Sahara competes for a nation that isn’t yet recognised.
First airing: Saturday 02:00 UTC
Marnie Chesterton and her team look at the footprint we’re leaving on our planet.
We drink a pint of espresso and take a journey around the clock with our 24 hour society theme. As our world gets more 24/7 what does that do to us, and our environment?
First airing: Friday 03:00 UTC
South Asia Wired
Stories from South Asia.
She hasn’t consumed a morsel of food or a sip of water for 11 years. She’s being kept alive by a nose tube in her hospital cell in Imphal. Irom Sharmila is protesting against years of human rights abuses committed by Indian para military forces in her remote north eastern state of Manipur. We hear from the Iron Lady of Manipur herself – on what keeps her going and why she is determined not to break her fast until her people have regained their basic human rights.
(There'll be a new edition of the programme on Thursday 10 November)
First airing: Thursday 10:00 UTC
Bridges With Africa
We're giving the microphone to Diaspora groups in Europe and are linking up with stations in Africa.
Chairman of Liberia’s Electoral Commission James Fromayan decided to leave his post amid elections. We bring you the full story.
Al Shabab recruits young men in Nairobi’s slums. Koert Lindijer and Rober Ochola talk to the families of these men.
The crisis that hit Zimbabwe three years ago forced many Zimbabweans to flee to neighboring South Africa. Now, as things are changing for the good, many Zimbabweans return.
Noma is a disease that ‘eats away’ the face. Our reporter Maike Winters went to Nigeria along with a Dutch medical team to see how the disease destroys the lives of the patients and their families.
Music from Cameroonian-Dutch singer Ntjam Rosie.
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: Electronic waste - blessing or curse for Africa?
Africa is often seen as the dumpsite for electronic waste from the developed world. When computers, mobile phones, television sets, and refrigerators become unusable there, they are exported as e-waste to Africa. A cheaper option for recycling companies in rich countries.
E-waste often ends up in open dumps in Africa where people risk their lives trying to extract usable parts. In countries like Nigeria and Ghana, reusing e-waste is an important source of income. What should Africa do?
First airing: Monday 19:00 UTC
A selection of winning stories chosen from the large number of entries for the 2010 Commonwealth Short Story Competition.
The first hello - by Anuradha Kumar (India). The promise of a village telephone.
First airing: Tuesday 01:50 UTC
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 reject tradition?
Lesego Mangwanyane of SAFM radio in Johannesburg explores the role of sangomas, traditional healers in contemporary South African life, and wonders anxiously if she herself is destined to be one.
First airing: Monday 17:30 UTC
European Jazz Stage
Unique jazz performances from the continent’s hottest clubs, concert halls and festivals, including the spectacular North Sea Jazz Festival.
Robberto Correa & Siba bring rural sounds from Brazil - not the usual bossa nova and so on, but poetic songs about everyday life.
Awza Imarhane is a Touareg band from Mali; their songs are about love and war. The three string lute or tehadan has a central role.
Parafonia is a project by throat singer and musicologist Mark van Tongeren, inspired by Mongolian overtone singing.
Les Espoirs de Coronthie from Guinea plays mainly on traditional instruments, and sing in both Susu and French. Their modern grooves make them popular with young people in Guinea and the West.
First airing: Monday 01:00 UTC
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 RNWclassical.com
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Effective from 30 October 2011 - 25 March 2012
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