Jonathan Groubert and his team look at current events from an unexpected perspective.
This week: Mightier than the sword
Starting with the Iranian rapper who came out as a lesbian, got famous, and then made a dramatic exit from the country. A Filipino filmmaker tells the story of a man whose life is destroyed and then saved by the muscle of the media. And we meet the former Afghan governor who successfully uses the power of poetry to bring peace to warring factions.
First airing: Saturday 02:00 UTC
Marnie Chesterton and her team look at the footprint we’re leaving on our planet.
This week: The big comeback
In Europe that means the return of the sturgeon to their natural habitat, and in Siberia one man battles to turn the wilderness back 15000 years, minus the woolly mammoths, sadly.
First airing: Friday 03:00 UTC
South Asia Wired
Stories from South Asia.
India’s north-east state of Assam is largely known for its famous tea. Less well known are the ethnic insurgencies, the fundamental lack of development and shortage of infrastructure that continue to plague the region. Assamese University professor Rakhi Kalitha talks about how the decades of conflict have affected and still continue to affect the region, especially the women in one of the few matrilineal societies in India.
We also speak to the winners of this year’s Ashden Awards, presented to small-scale, local projects on sustainable energy in developing countries. We highlight winners from southern India and north Afghanistan.
(There'll be a new edition of the programme on Thursday 14 June)
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.
Rwandan recruits fighting in the DR Congo – true or false?
A region closed to the world - what’s happening in the north of Mali?
Shakespeare in the Yoruba language.
The music of Vieux Farka Touré!
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: The famous writer and her village
The writing of bestselling author Aminatta Forna and her work to develop her family village are intimately intertwined. Things that happen in Rogbonko, deep in the forest in Sierra Leone, often resurface in her novels. And sometimes her novels inspire her development initiatives. Rogbonko now has a school, a cashew plantation and a clinic for pregnant women. Aminatta Forna is proud that this was achieved with the people of the village, without the support of an aid organisation.
First airing: Monday 18:00 UTC
A selection of winning stories chosen from the large number of entries for the 2010 Commonwealth Short Story Competition.
Being reasonable - by Sandeep Shete (India). The end of a rough journey.
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 die - or live?
Bun Chai, who is paralysed from the neck down, made a public appeal to the Hong Kong government for the right to end his life and in the process found a way to live. We hear Bun Chai’s story from Radio Television Hong Kong.
First airing: Monday 17:30 UTC
European Jazz Stage
Performances from the continent’s hottest clubs, concert halls and festivals, including the spectacular North Sea Jazz Festival. The show is hosted by Benjamin Herman.
Cuba's Harold Lopez-Nussa is at the Amsterdam Bimhuis, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra plays the music of trumpeter Bert Joris and an oriental-influenced Dutch trio called Jungle Boldie completes our search for live music from the Netherlands. Your host is Benjamin Herman.
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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Radio Netherlands streaming audio www.www.radionetherlands.nl/
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(R Netherlands/Jaisakthivel/ADXC Tirunelveli, India /www.adxc.wordpress.com via
Leo van der Woude) Reformatted by Gayle Van Horn, Frequency Manager-Monitoring Times.