Thursday, March 01, 2012

Radio Netherlands Program Preview, March 2-9

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

Sounds like Home

An Aboriginal soprano decides to write an opera for her people - and discovers her own family history. A composer travels to Cyprus and Palestine to unite broken communities with music, and one of TSWI’s producers rediscovers her Spanish roots - a little too late.

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 on Earth Beat, we’re doing a big spring clean. From what garbage tells us about ourselves to why a winter thaw might not be a good thing in some parts of the world, we emerge from the long, dark winter with some of the sounds and rituals of spring.

First airing: Friday 03:00 UTC

South Asia Wired
Stories from South Asia.

This week on South Asia Wired, two amazing doctors in India are working to fill in the holes left by government neglect. We visit the busiest heart hospital in the world which subsidizes life saving surgeries to the poor and still manages to be a good business model, and we hear of a doctor struggling to provide an illegal painkiller for people who are literally dying from pain: morphine has been banned in India for so long that generations of doctors have never seen a morphine tablet.

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.

Somalia: The most dangerous place in Africa to work as a journalist. We ask who’s behind the latest round of attacks on the media
Continuing our special series on Africans in the Netherlands: She came to the Netherlands as a refugee fleeing violence in Eritrea. Now she’s a successful lawyer. We speak to Domenica Ghidei about her new life
Jazzy horns and multiple guitars. The father of Ghanaian High Life, Ebo Taylor talks to us about his upcoming album
All this and more on Bridges With Africa, brought to you by Radio Netherlands Worldwide and your local radio station

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.

Medical tourism and the quality of medical care in Africa

In this edition, we discuss why an increasing number of Africans are shying away from hospitals at home and travel out of the continent for medical treatment, mainly in India. This phenomenon is known as medical tourism. Now Indian hospitals are setting up branches in Africa. Will this trend improve the poor state of health care in Africa?

First airing: Monday 19:00 UTC

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

The Beast that Came from the Sea by Lani Young ( Samoa).
A natural disaster and a mother's tragic loss. Read by Nadine Marshall.

First airing: Tuesday 01:50 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.

THE TOO HARD BASKET is the next program in our Global Perspective series "Who Says I Can't".

The subject of disability and sexuality has been widely ignored by the media and society at large. Broadcaster John Blades has a significant disability and he'll be your guide on a journey through the uncharted waters of sexuality and the disabled. Fragments from John's own life story are sprinkled throughout the program.

First airing: Monday 17:30 UTC

Hear the World
Dheera Sujan takes you on a musical tour across the globe.

Medan Taplak is a Belgian DJ with Turkish roots. His party band plays a range of Balkan beats, Western rhythms and electronic sounds.
Staf Benda Bilili from Congo issued their debut album in 2009. The band from the slums of Kinshasa took many venues by storm.
Quatre Etoiles, also from Congo, was formed in Paris in 1982.
And our Dutch Delight this week is nine-man band Mdungu, described by critics as ‘perhaps the best African band in the Netherlands’.

First airing: Monday 01:00 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

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English service - all times UTC

1000-1057 12065as
1400-1457 12080as
1800-1900 11655af
1900-1957 11655af
1900-1959 11615af
1900-2000 7425af
2000-2057 7425af 11615af
(original Excel via Leo van der Woude, R Netherlands. Reformatted from BCL post by GVH)