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Fed up with all the Trumpy news from the USA or the Brexit-y news from Britain? Well you've come to the right place. Each week we trawl the continent of Europe for the most interesting stories to cover and the most fascinating people to interview. This semi-serious, semi-silly, Brexit-free show, from a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, will make you seem clever to friends and make you feel like you've got two NEW friends in Katy and Dominic. You probably didn't realise you needed a European podcast in your life, but this will fill the gap that you didn't even know was there.
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For this special episode, we're taking you inside Herstedvester, a maximum-security prison in Denmark.Herstedvester houses prisoners with serious mental health issues, as well as those who are considered a danger to others. Lene Bech Sillesen went to meet some inmates who are facing a choice with drastic consequences.This is the first in our new series of original reported podcasts, Postcards from Europe, featuring intimate portraits of lives and places across the continent. It was made possible by the European Cultural Foundation, who support initiatives that rethink Europe as an open and democratic space.A note on this week's show: we do not explore the inmates' crimes in this episode. Our aim is not to vindicate them, but we want to show what life is like for Greenlandic prisoners in the Danish penal system. That said, if you or people close to you have been affected by serious crime in Greenland, you might want to skip this episode.Hosts: Dominic Kraemer and Katy Lee. Reporter and producer: Lene Bech Sillesen. Editor: Katz Laszlo. Voice actors: Peter Frederik Olsen and Vivi Nielsen. Artwork by La Kingsbeer.hello@europeanspodcast.com | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon
The Other Europeans

The Other Europeans

2019-11-1200:29:461

This week we’re celebrating Europeans who refused to let boundaries get in the way of things. The historian Orlando Figes is here to talk about the continent-crossing lovers at the heart of his new book, the brilliantly-named ‘The Europeans’. The poet Christopher Hütmannsberger reads us a beautiful new work to mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Plus, wild borders and the Gentle Revolution.Thanks to our amazing Patreon supporters for keeping us going! You can chip in at patreon.com/europeanspodcast.Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.comThanks for listening.
Loggerheads

Loggerheads

2019-11-0500:23:23

This week, the fight for Romania's forests. Two of the country's forest rangers have been suffered brutal deaths since September. Who would do such a thing? The answer may lie in the lucrative illegal trade for wood in Romania, home to more than half of Europe's remaining primeval forests. Environmental activist Gabi Paun is here to explain why protecting trees has become so dangerous. We're also talking about Belgium's first female PM and wounded French pride.You can find out more about Gabi's activist group, Agent Green, here.Like the show? You can chip in to help us keep it running at patreon.com/europeanspodcast.Thanks for listening!Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
A Polish teenage diarist

A Polish teenage diarist

2019-10-2900:31:40

Renia's diary spent decades locked in a bank vault. Like many teenagers, she had used it to vent about stupid fights with her friends and to record the thrill of her first kiss. And when the war came, she used it to document the relentless killing of Jews in the town where she lived. Ania Jakubek is on the line from Warsaw to tell us the extraordinary story of Renia Spiegel, and why it stayed unknown for so long. We're also talking about promising signs that Europeans are becoming less bigoted. Oh, and there's a dog.You can read Ania's article about Renia here. For beautiful drawings, you should also follow Ania on Instagram.If you, like Dominic's mum, would like to get your hands on a limited edition Angry Macron tote bag, consider signing up for our Patreon top tier! All donations big and small are very welcome at patreon.com/europeanspodcast.Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.comThanks for listening.
Invisible ink

Invisible ink

2019-10-2200:28:09

This week, the female writers that Europe forgot. Carme Font Paz is leading a fascinating project aimed at uncovering the scribblings of European women from centuries ago and giving them their rightful place in the literary canon. Plus, Poland's election, posthumous comedy and why the EU won't be expanding east any time soon.You can find out more about Carme's project here.Thanks for listening! If you liked the show, please give us five big gold stars on Apple Podcasts or help us grow by chipping in on Patreon.See you next week.Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
Toxic elements

Toxic elements

2019-10-0800:30:30

This week, the fight for LGBT rights in Poland. A horrible pattern has been repeating itself in Polish cities: far-right thugs turning up to hurl eggs, bottles, blows and insults at Pride protesters. Our guest, the poet and novelist Jacek Dehnel, is on the line from Warsaw to reflect on what bishops and politicians have to do with it, as well as why there are reasons for hope. Plus, nitrogen and warm-hearted drug smugglers.  You can read Jacek's account of what happened at the Pride march in Białystok here in the Guardian.  His novel Lala and the first volume of the murder mystery series co-written with his husband, Mrs Mohr Goes Missing, are now available in English along with his poetry collection Aperture.Enjoying the show? Join the generous souls helping us to make it better at patreon.com/europeanspodcast.You can also help out by leaving us a (nice!) review on Apple Podcasts.Thanks for listening!Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com
Podchraoladh

Podchraoladh

2019-09-3000:29:50

This week, the beauty of the Irish language. Our guest is Darach Ó Séaghdha, whose wonderful book and podcast are a celebration of a language that may only have about 74,000 daily speakers but is very much alive and kicking. Also: the right to be forgotten, the Ukrainian side of the Trump impeachment inquiry, and treasures hidden in plain sight.Check out Darach's book, 'Motherfoclóir: Dispatches from a Not So Dead Language' and his podcast of the same name. And follow @TheIrishFor if you know what's good for you.Thanks as always to the hugely generous Patreon supporters who are keeping this show going. You can sign up at patreon.com/europeanspodcast.Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com Thanks for listening. europeanspodcast.com 
The Tourists of Venice

The Tourists of Venice

2019-09-2300:24:27

How does a city of little more than 50,000 permanent residents deal with an annual stampede of 25 million tourists? Venice is an extreme example of the growing scourge of overtourism across Europe. We talk to one of the residents organising a fightback, Elena Riu of the Gruppo 25 aprile. Also this week: #ClimateStrike, Rammstein and skydiving in your nineties.Thanks as always to the amazing Patreon supporters keeping this show going: patreon.com/europeanspodcastHit us up at our shiny new email address! hello@europeanspodcast.comThanks for listening ❤️Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | europeanspodcast.com
This week we’re heading into the belly of the EU beast to talk about who’s going to be running the show for the next five years. Alberto Alemmano, aka the busiest man in Europe, is here to unpick some controversial decisions by Ursula von der Leyen as she gets ready to take charge in November. Plus,  skeletons and Macron portraits.Send us ideas for new laws! hello@europeanspodcast.comHelp us out by joining our amazingly generous Patreon squad! patreon.com/europeanspodcast Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 
WE'RE BACK, with a new look for a new season. This week we're catching up on the summer's Italian drama and tackling the delicate question of Nazi relatives. And we're heading to Görlitz, on the German-Polish border, to find out why why so many voters in eastern Germany are putting their faith in the far-right AfD. Our guest is Emily Schultheis, a Berlin-based journalist covering right-wing populism, who spent a month in Görlitz getting into voters' heads.Read Emily's report for the Institute of Current World Affairs, where she is a fellow, here! Check out her latest piece for The Atlantic! And follow her on Twitter: @emilyrs.In other news, we have a beautiful new website: europeanspodcast.com.Help keep us running by joining our generous Patreon supporters: patreon.com/europeanspodcast.In Amsterdam on September 12? Get tickets for Cine Radio, the glorious international audio event hosted by our new producer Katz Laszlo.See you next week, it's good to be back.Twitter | Instagram | Facebook |  europeanspodcast@gmail.com
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Aleksandra Golovliova

For someone who is supposed to know about the EU - you confuse Lithuania and Latvia when talking about president Dalia Grybauskaite..

Jun 26th
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Jan D. Meijer

12:22 Missed opportunity for "Bannondwagon".

Aug 17th
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Bae Guevara

Lame centrist ramblings from thoroughly uninteresting middle class British people on gap year in Paris.

Aug 3rd
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Susanne Rodrigues

Very informative but also fun. Katy and Dominic sound lovely and enthusiastic. Really enjoying it.

Jan 9th
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