Jonathan Groubert and his team look at current events from an unexpected perspective.
For the Record
A former US serviceman on founding America’s first black platoon of paratroopers; a journalist from Ghana on why he went undercover to expose wrongdoings, and a Senegalese hip hop artist on returning to her home village to break the taboos about female genital mutilation.
First airing: Saturday 02:00 UTC
Marnie Chesterton and her team look at the footprint we’re leaving on our planet.
The End of the World
What would happen if the world came to an end, at least as we know it? 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
South Asia Wired
Stories from South Asia.
We meet Bangladeshi photographer and social activist Shahidul Alam, who’s worked as a university lecturer and professor in various places in the world. Alam he keeps coming back to his native country, though. He’s recently published a book of his finest works, titled “My Journey as a Witness”. He takes us along on that journey in this edition of the programme.
Also on the show the rather peculiar story of Indian Arunchalam Muruganantham, who has developed a cheap alternative to sanitary pads for women. The social entrepreneur has invented a machine that is used by women groups and neighbourhoods all over India, where women make their own pads.
(There'll be a new edition of the programme on Thursday)
First airing: Thursday 10:00 UTC
Bridges With Africa
Africa in Progress
Inspiring round-table discussions with guest speakers and in-depth interviews give listeners food for thought.
Africa’s cultural heritage threatened in the Netherlands
The Dutch government has announced drastic budget cuts that threaten one of the oldest and best-loved ethnographic museums in the Netherlands. The Tropical Museum in Amsterdam with its impressive African collection might be forced to close its doors at the end of this year.
Our guest in this edition of Africa in Progress is Paul Faber, head curator of the Africa department at the museum. He explains why artefacts from Africa are so important for present-day Dutch society and considers different measures that could help save his beloved institution.
A selection of winning stories chosen from the large number of entries for the 2010 Commonwealth Short Story Competition.
The Kettle, by Jason James Less from New Zealand. A story from the boxing ring. Read by Khalid Abdalla.
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.
Who says I can’t squat?
Radio Netherlands Worldwide’s Dheera Sujan visits Sanne, Tom and Bo – three Dutch squatters. She hears their struggle to build – and keep – their home amid the new anti-squat laws in the Netherlands.
First airing: Monday 17:30 UTC
Hear the World
The current series of European Jazz Stage has come to an end. But don’t despair, there’s plenty of good music to come. We’ve started a new series of Hear the World, hosted by Dheera Sujan.
Latin, salsa, reggae and African music are the ingredients in this first edition.
Timbazo is a thirteen-piece Latin band Cuban playing timba, jazz and salsa.
Singer and guitarist Khalu Dee from Senegal made a great impression at the 2010 Afro-Latino Festival.
And you’ll be surprised by a recent recording in our special Dutch Music Delights slot.
First airing: Monday 01:00 UTC
Classical concerts from the Royal Concertgebouw as well as studio recordings of Dutch performers, presented by Hans Haffmans.
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