Friday, June 15, 2012

Radio Netherlands Program Preview, June 15-21

We regret to inform you that the English service of Radio Netherlands Worldwide will close on 29 June 2012. Production of this What's on newsletter will cease on the same date.

The measures are a result of budget cuts imposed by the Dutch government and a concomitant change in focus. Providing the world with a realistic image of the Netherlands will no longer be one of our statutory duties.

On 29 June we will broadcast a radio show looking back at the past decades of Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Please check our website for updates on our final day. There may be a surprise or two...

The RNW team

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

This week: The last word

A journalist from Sri Lanka keeps telling the truth to power the way her assassinated husband did. A man in Eastern Uganda tells traditional stories to undo colonialist history. And a librarian from Jakarta helps children in disaster areas by telling them folk tales.

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: Things that come full circle

How an international explorer found the glamour of travelling in his own backyard, and a man’s Harley, lost in the Japanese tsunami of 2011, is found – on the other side of the Pacific.

First airing: Friday 03:00 UTC

South Asia Wired
Stories from South Asia.

This week:

One group of sisters discuses how a simple piece of cloth can cause a vibrant debate in the Maldives. In a small Indian village we find another tradition only less conservative, here the men are pimps and the women are all prostitutes. We talked to one woman who decided to quit the trade.

(There'll be a new edition of the programme on Thursday 21 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.

This week:

In Nigeria Christian youths retaliate against bomb attacks by Muslims, as clergymen turn a blind eye. The Dutch-Nigerian cartoonist tapping into nostalgia for inspiration.
Provocative music by South African vocalist Cata Pirata and her band Skip and Die.

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:

Officially, there’s only one pastor with HIV in Zimbabwe. Reverend Maxwell Kapachawo feels that more religious leaders should be courageous and disclose their status as he did, because of their position in society.

This he says would help improve the lives of others living with HIV. But the clergymen are afraid to speak openly.

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.

This week: Judgement day - by Farah Ghuznavi (Bangladesh). A sci-fi story of a marriage.

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.

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
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.

This week:

An all-exclusive three-way tour through the Dutch capital. Both drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts Trio and New York singer Gretchen Parlato are at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. And the Artvark Saxophone Quartet is blowing out the stars at the Milky Way.

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

All transmissions of Radio Netherlands World Service in English on short waves will be terminated from July 1. Here is the current schedule:

All times UTC

1000-1057 on 15110 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SEAs till June 29
1400-1457 on 9800 TRM 250 kW / 345 deg to SoAs till June 30
1800-1957 on 17605 SMG 250 kW / 144 deg to ECAf till June 30
1900-2057 on 7425 MDC 250 kW / 270 deg to SoAf till June 30
1900-2057 on 11615 ISS 500 kW / 192 deg to WeAf till June 30
1900-2057 on 15495 SMG 250 kW / 193 deg to WCAf till June 30