Friday, March 23, 2012

Radio Netherlands Program Preview, March 23-29

Greetings from a sunny Hilversum. As spring is starting and the first tulips are in full bloom, preparations for our new summer schedule are in full swing.

The new schedule starts on Sunday 25 March 2012.

Jonathan Groubert and his team look at current events from an unexpected perspective.

The real me
A 13-year-old street hawker in Kabul dreams of becoming a pilot. A Kurdish woman struggles with breast cancer and her culture’s punitive view of it. And a man in Denver talks about his 20 year struggle to beat sex addiction.

First airing: Saturday 02:00 UTC

Earth Beat
Marnie Chesterton and her team look at the footprint we’re leaving on our planet.

Things that turn up in the unlikeliest of places… Like sea salt full of prescription drugs, or pesticides in the Arctic. And the man searching the Amazon for a tribe he’s not allowed to contact. Foreign bodies, in all their forms.

First airing: Friday 03:00 UTC

South Asia Wired
Stories from South Asia.

Sri Lanka remains a country deeply divided along ethnic lines. It is therefore both surprising and refreshing to see the work of Dr Panagamuwa Bandara, an ethnic Sinhalese who grew up in Britain, but returned to Sri Lanka to work in a hospital in the north-west Tamil region. This week we hear from him about his work, the ethnic divide and the future prospects for his country.

(There'll be a new edition of the programme on Thursday 29 March)

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

The trial of the ‘Zim 6’ - six Zimbabweans convicted for plotting to overthrow the Zimbabwean government because they were watching footage of the Arab Spring. We ask: is this a political trial to quiet down the opposition?
George Clooney, Madonna, Bono and Angelina Jolie. International, white celebrities fighting for African causes. We look at the negative sides to the Hollywood-style of campaigning.
Women in hip hop are rare. And especially female hip hop DJs. But DJ Zeyna from Senegal’s capital Dakar hopes to change that. Being the first female DJ graduating from the Hip Hop Academy in Dakar she dreams of changing ‘the game’.
We have music from South African jazz musician Kyle Shepherd who just released his third album South African History !X that pays an homage to the first inhabitants of South Africa, the Khoi Khoi and the San.
The majority of the vegetables used for consumption in Ghana’s capital Accra are grown right next to the city’s drainage. Many of these vegetables which are supposed to be healthy are also washed with this contaminated water. But people have found ways to make their vegs healthy.

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.

What is African writing?
They say they write about life, and seek the truth, wherever they are. Sometimes, their books are judged not African enough. What challenges do young African writers in the diaspora face? How do they see their role in the age of internet? Listen to a round table discussion with three authors.

First airing: Monday 18:00 UTC

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

Retirement - by Schachi Kaul (India). A daughter's view of her father's retirement.

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.

Who says we can’t be gay, Muslim, and successful?

Elkader is a small town in the centre 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. WAMU radio takes us to Elkader to see how the residents have found their way through the Islamophobia debate.

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.

Portuguese singer Lura kicks off the programme with catchy songs based on rhythms created by her Cape-Verdian ancestors.
Luis Melodia is a Brazilian singer who began mixing samba and bossanova with Western pop music in the 1960s and 70s.
Flamenco music by the Dutch Metropole Orchestra conducted by Vince Mendoza.
In our Dutch Delights slot this week it’s Christina Branco. She is Portuguese but has forged strong links with the Netherlands since the 1990s and initiated a fado revival.

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

English schedule to 25 March 2012
Targeted to Africa and Asia
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)

English schedule from 25 March 2012
Targeted to Africa and Asia

0959-1000 15110as
1000-1057 15110as
1359-1400 9800as
1400-1457 9800as
1859-1900 7425af 11615af 15495af
1900-2000 7425af 11615af 15495af
2000-2057 7425af 11615af 15495af
(R Netherlands/Jaisakthivel/ADXC Tirunelveli, India / via
Leo van der Woude) Reformatted by Gayle Van Horn, Frequency Manager-Monitoring Times.