The Europeans

The Europeans

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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.
The most isolated place on Earth
Feb 18 • 34 min
This week we’re stretching the definition of Europe to the limit and travelling all the way down to the French-Italian research base in the Antarctic! By some miracle we managed to Skype the physicist Meganne Christian at the Concordia base about what…
The skies over Skopje
Feb 11 • 23 min
This week, the city where you can taste the air on your tongue. We’re going to Skopje with the Macedonian writer Aleksandar Dimishkovski to find out what it’s like living in the most polluted city in Europe. On the brighter side, we also have some Swedish…
Stick it to the grown-ups
Feb 4 • 30 min
This week’s guest is ten years old and one of the fiercest, smartest people we’ve ever had on this podcast. Lilly Platt calls in from Zeist in the Netherlands to tell us why she’s helping to lead the tens of thousands of children across Europe striking to…
Kraemer vs Kraemer
Jan 28 • 27 min
This week, two Kraemers for the price of one! Dominic’s brother, BBC political nerd Daniel Kraemer, is here to explain why Britain has the weirdest parliament in Europe. Don’t worry, we kept the B-word chat to a minimum. Plus: Macron and Merkel’s Duolingo…
It’s that damn bear again
Jan 21 • 35 min
It’s good to be back! We’ve got big plans for 2019. Starting with the fact that we’re now on Patreon! If you have a few euros to spare and want to help us grow, hit us up at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. This week, smart Finns and a very smart bear.…
The Bee Word
Dec 17, 2018 • 33 min
This week, the need for more buzz around Europe: the bee kind, and the excitement kind. Our very special guest to round off the year (and keep Katy company while Dominic was rolling around on the floor) is the Dutch writer Joris Luyendijk, who despite…
Freedom
Dec 10, 2018 • 35 min
This week on The Europeans, two passionate defences of liberty, the political and the sexual. Renowned Hungarian rights defender Márta Pardavi is on the line from Budapest to talk about what it’s like fighting with the increasingly authoritarian…
Flavia and the Machine (anniversary episode)
Dec 4, 2018 • 40 min
A special show marking A WHOLE YEAR OF THE PODCAST! Extra brilliant guests are here to help us mark this very narcissistic edition of anniversary annexe/commemoration corner. Flavia Kleiner, whose Operation Libero has been waging a quietly successful war…
November 27: Picasso, Poland & Pedagogy
Nov 26, 2018 • 31 min
This week, the story of one of Europe’s strangest art heists keeps getting stranger; the fate of Poland’s judges keeps getting more complicated; and a teacher in one of France’s poorest towns refuses to give up on her kids. Juliette Perchais is on the…
November 20: Why doesn’t Europe have a Silicon Valley?
Nov 19, 2018 • 36 min
This week of all weeks, your favourite Parisian reporter and Amsterdam crooner are here to bring you Everything Europe That Isn’t Brexit. We’ve got two brilliant guests who couldn’t be more different from each other: YouTube tech guru Marton Barcza, aka…
November 13: The black soldier’s lament
Nov 12, 2018 • 34 min
A hundred years on from the end of World War I, we wanted to look at an aspect of the conflict we don’t often talk about: the role of millions of troops of colour who fought for European powers. The excellent Christian Koller, professor of modern history…
November 6: Watching Over The Night Watch
Nov 5, 2018 • 35 min
This week, the story of a painting that’s been attacked with knives, chopped up, hidden in a cave from Nazis, and has probably had beer spilled on it. It also happens to be one of the world’s greatest masterpieces. Our very special guest is Taco Dibbits,…
October 30: Everyone’s free to vote (and wear sunscreen)
Oct 29, 2018 • 30 min
This week: freedom. Freedom to vote, freedom of speech, and freedom to attempt a robbery in Belgium even when you’re not quite sure how robberies work. Dominic’s been at the European Parliament’s liaison office in Berlin chatting to Frank Piplat and…
October 23: Big continent, mini episode
Oct 22, 2018 • 20 min
This week on the Europeans: bacteria, cathedral thinking, and a Spanish drug lord who got too cocky. We’re guest-less this week due to illness so this is a mini-show, but we wanted to drop by and say a quick gutentag. We’ll be back with a fully-sized…
October 16: The Unlucky Passport
Oct 15, 2018 • 28 min
Whether you’re a European passport-holder or not, so much in life is determined by the paper we carry in our pockets. Our guest this week is the Yemeni photographer Thana Faroq, whose brilliant project The Passport explores what it’s like to hold a…
October 9: Macedo, Macedon’t
Oct 8, 2018 • 31 min
What’s in a name? A lot, if you’re Macedonia. Emil Atanasovski is here to talk us through one of the most confusing questions in the Balkans, thank god. Transatlantic movie man Kevin Sachs is on the line to explain why Netflix is about to get a lot more…
October 2: Wall, Rocket, Bottle, Horse
Oct 1, 2018 • 31 min
This week a tiny horse made a grand entrance to Europe, and one of France’s finest singers took his final bow. RIP Charles Aznavour, trailblazer and source of the most embarassing story of Dominic’s life (listen til the end). Our guest this week is…
September 25: WEB OF LIES
Sep 24, 2018 • 32 min
This week on the Europeans: bad Italian wifi, a bad Danish bank, and badly behaved Spanish politicians. And spiders, lots of spiders. The Financial Times’ Madrid correspondent Michael Stothard is on the line (kind of) to explain Spain’s growing plagiarism…
September 18: Welcome To Europe, Here Are Four Walls
Sep 17, 2018 • 32 min
There’s a big difference between a shelter and a home. After Sweden’s elections cast a spotlight on the integration of immigrants, this week we’re asking how housing and urban design can affect your ability as a newcomer to settle in a new place. Alice…
September 11: The Future Library
Sep 10, 2018 • 21 min
Dominic’s singing in Berlin, Katy’s painting in Paris, and a forest is quietly growing just outside Oslo. Our guest this week is Anne Beate Hovind, project manager of a strange and wonderful project in Norway involving books, trees and the passage of…
September 4: Nation Branding, Robot Dancing
Sep 3, 2018 • 26 min
This week on The Europeans: national branding done right (Sweden) and wrong (Theresa May’s robot dancing). Or will the British PM have the last laugh on that one? The jury’s still out. Swedish journalist Charlotte Boström is on the line to explain how her…
August 28: Greece and Fabrice
Aug 27, 2018 • 33 min
This week we’re talking about a couple of journeys. Greece has gone from the depths of despair to something a little less like despair; Nick Malkoutzis of Macropolis (@NickMalkoutzis) is on the line from Athens to explain. And Frenchman Fabrice Pothier is…
August 21: The G-Spot of Europe
Aug 20, 2018 • 31 min
This week, sex and the internet. For once it’s not us making the filthy innuendos, although Dominic does his best. It’s Lithuania’s capital Vilnius! We ask tour guide Agneta Ladek (https://bit.ly/2BBRNyi) if her city is really ‘the G-spot of Europe —…
August 14: The traces they leave
Aug 13, 2018 • 24 min
This week, something a little different: Deborah Cole, a Berlin-based reporter since 1995, reads us her beautiful piece about the race to collect the memories of elderly Germans who lived through some of the most tumultuous events in modern history.…
August 7: Piss and Populism
Aug 6, 2018 • 31 min
As you’ll see in this week’s episode, we’re warming to two themes this season: urine, and the far-right. Timo Lochocki (@TLochocki), an expert on populism in Europe, is on the line from Berlin to talk about why we SHOULDN’T talk about Steve Bannon’s new…
July 31: HEAT
Jul 30, 2018 • 33 min
We’re back! What’s cooking, Europe? Apparently the whole continent. Greece has just suffered Europe’s deadliest forest fires in a century, part of a spate of extreme weather all over the northern hemisphere. Just back from Athens, we ask incoming AFP…
June 12: Waxy smiles
Jun 11, 2018 • 30 min
Smiling may not come easily to Russians, as you’ll hear about on this episode. But here at The Europeans we’ve got plenty to smile about this week: 1) Katy’s at a pig farm 2) Dominic’s latest opera is going great 3) We have fantastic guest Aljaž Pengov…
BONUS EPISODE: Akbar Ahmed on Islam in Europe
Jun 8, 2018 • 29 min
A longer version of our conversation with Akbar Ahmed on his book ‘Journey into Europe’ about Islam’s role in the continent. twitter.com/EuropeansPod facebook.com/europeanspodcast instagram.com/europeanspodcast
June 5: Changing PMs at 103 BPMs
Jun 4, 2018 • 32 min
In Europe our clocks may be slow (see our March 13 episode) but our politics moves fast. Two new governments in a week! Katy and Dominic get you up to speed on what’s been happening in Spain and Italy. Our guest this week is Akbar Ahmed, one of the…
May 29: Five Stars, Ireland
May 28, 2018 • 34 min
What a week. There’s been wonderful news from Ireland and so much drama in Italy that we actually had to re-record part of this week’s show at the last minute. Speaking of Italian thrillers: we’ve been chatting to Giuseppe Porcaro, author of brand-new…
May 22: A wedding and no funeral
May 21, 2018 • 37 min
This week we’re going back to the 1970s to look at two great mysteries: an unsolved murder in Norway, and Britain’s ever-enigmatic relationship with Europe. Norwegian investigative journalist Marit Higraff joins us to talk about Death In Ice Valley, the…
Hello, new listeners!
May 19, 2018 • 9 min
A big warm European welcome to the many new listeners who’ve joined us over the last few weeks! Here’s a little bonus episode in which Dominic and Katy introduce themselves and suggest a few favourite episodes you may want to check out. Our guests are…
May 15: The winner takes it all, the loser takes a selfie
May 14, 2018 • 36 min
First up, hello new listeners! We’ll be dropping a bonus ep shortly to explain what this is all about, but this week’s main show is a great place to start. We’re a journalist in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam. Welcome! It’s been week of highs and…
May 7: Eurovision. EUROVISION!!!!!
May 7, 2018 • 35 min
Katy gets all mushy about Europe as we talk to a very clever man who makes his living by speculating on Eurovision. Daniel Gould (Mr Gould to Dominic), is the founder of www.Sofabet.com and gives us all the latest from Lisbon. We then head over to Spain…
May 1: Sticks and stones and dandruff
Apr 30, 2018 • 34 min
We couldn’t have two more different interviews for you this week: we’re talking anti-Semitism in Germany and the art of remaining zen on a beach in Scotland. After two German rappers sparked national outrage with lyrics about the Holocaust, Human Rights…
April 24: Keep your bitcoin close and your botany closer
Apr 23, 2018 • 28 min
A treasure-themed episode for you this week: the natural treasures of Poland’s ancient Białowieża forest, hidden treasures in rural France, and buried treasure on a German island. Dominic’s been chatting to Agata Szafraniuk of environmental lawyers…
April 17: Once Upon A Time In Hungary
Apr 16, 2018 • 30 min
Gather round, children, it’s story time. This week in The Europeans, the dark tale of how Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán became one of the most powerful men in Europe, to the great disquiet of his western neighbours. Zselyke Csaky, expert on all…
April 10: Liberté, Egalité, Difficultés
Apr 9, 2018 • 28 min
Bonjour Europe, we’re all joining Katy in Paris this week to talk about some of the less rosy aspects of la belle France. Our guest this week is the French writer and film-maker Rokhaya Diallo, who has all too often found herself on the receiving end of…
April 3: Trash islands and rainbow homes
Apr 2, 2018 • 34 min
“Ever wonder where plastic ends up? I have a story I’d like to share.” This week on The Europeans, the Irish journalist Naomi O’Leary describes what happened when she visited a remote paradise island in the Caribbean, only to find the entire Western world…
March 27: French Burgers, Danish Pizza
Mar 26, 2018 • 30 min
First up, fantastic news: The Europeans Podcast has been nominated for a prize! Hit play to find out all about it, we are over the moon. What a delicious episode we have for you this week. Michelin-starred chef Christian Puglisi is on the line from…
March 20: Suzy Menkes and the Beer-Brewing Monks
Mar 20, 2018 • 27 min
Katy makes no secret of the fact that she records this podcast in her pyjamas, but she may need to up her game after this week’s interview with Vogue’s legendary international editor, Suzy Menkes, about the European fashion scene and the death of iconic…
March 13: The best place for our little sprouts
Mar 16, 2018 • 32 min
This week we’re imagining a better future for baby Europeans and also what might happen after the nuclear apocalypse. Jennifer Pettersson is Swedish radio maker who’s been based in Amsterdam for the last 20 years. She’s always loved living in the city —…
March 6: Don’t put salt on every snail
Mar 16, 2018 • 29 min
Hello Europe! Your favourite continental podcast is back with everything from salted snails to middle-fingered salutes on the menu. Dominic’s been walking on thin ice and Katy’s been cocooning; there’s good news for Angela Merkel and bad news for press…
BONUS EPISODE: ALEXANDRA PASCALIDOU
Mar 1, 2018 • 28 min
Our first ever bonus episode! We enjoyed our conversation in this week’s show with Alexandra Pascalidou so much that we’re sharing the whole thing with you. Raised by Greek parents in a working-class Stockholm suburb, Alexandra went on to become a…
Feb 27: Making peace with the wolves
Feb 26, 2018 • 35 min
Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Not Alexandra Pascalidou. The Greek-Swedish journalist did something that would scare many of us: after years of threats from neo-Nazis, she invited one of them for a cup of coffee. Alexandra gives us a masterclass in…
Feb 20: Olympic gold, Dominic is old, Katy has a cold
Feb 19, 2018 • 31 min
We’ve got two birthdays to celebrate this week. Independent Kosovo is officially 10, and your host Dominic Kraemer is officially old. Congrats to both! As Kosovo marks 10 years since declaring independence from Serbia, we give our man in the Balkans…
Feb 13: Mi kidney, su kidney
Feb 12, 2018 • 32 min
Hello from Paris and Amsterdam! Since we’ve seen a huge rise in listeners this week (welcome!) we’re in a giving mood, so we’re talking about organ donation. As countries across Europe weigh up how to save the most lives, transplant ethicist Greg Moorlock…
Feb 6: Build your own Europe, baby
Feb 6, 2018 • 30 min
This week on The Europeans, two interviews about building things from scratch. We speak to in-house IKEA designer Sarah Fager in Älmhult, Sweden, about the philosophy that drove the company’s late founder Ingvar Kamprad to take over the world with his…
Jan 30: Trawlin’, Ballin’, Fallin’
Jan 29, 2018 • 30 min
A war between France and the Netherlands over fish (trawling), a beginner’s guide to waltzing in Vienna (balling), and a tragic ski accident (falling). The Europeans comes to you from Amsterdam and Paris as always, but Katy and Dominic have both been in…
Jan 23: Fake snus
Jan 22, 2018 • 32 min
Fake snus The Europeans let loose discussing snus and fake news. German journalist Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck tells us all about her plans to teach school kids across Europe how to spot propaganda and media bias on the internet with her new project Lie…
Jan 16: Translating Trump, Defending Deneuve
Jan 15, 2018 • 31 min
Your favourite plucky Parisian reporter and glamorous Amsterdam opera singer are BACK. Episode 6 is about two people with bouffant hair but little else in common: Donald Trump and Catherine Deneuve. We’ve got a great interview with the voice of Trump on…
Jan 9: The Dumbest Farmer Finds The Biggest Potatoes
Jan 8, 2018 • 30 min
Happy New Year, The Europeans are back! We’re kicking off 2018 by brushing up on our Luxembourgish, giving Nina Lamparski a call to find out why a language officially listed as endangered is making an unexpected comeback. And Georgi Gotev is on the line…
Dec 19: O Come All Ye Phosphateful
Dec 18, 2017 • 28 min
For the last episode of The Europeans before a little break to indulge in some festive merry-making, we talk to influential man about Brussels Ryan Heath of Politico about why the corridors of EU power are so goddamn white. Phosphate-laden euro kebabs and…
Dec 12: National Hallydays
Dec 11, 2017 • 26 min
This week in The Europeans, we’re looking at national icons — the beloved, in the form of French rock star Johnny Hallyday who died this week — and the controversial, in the form of the Netherlands’ Black Pete. Dominic talks to Anousha Nzume from Dipsaus,…
Dec 5: C’est too much
Dec 4, 2017 • 29 min
Episode 2 of The Europeans, in which Dominic stays in a German haunted house. It’s been a dramatic week on the continent, with a convicted war criminal committing suicide in the middle of a courtroom in The Hague. Elsewhere, we talk to journalist Claire…
Nov 28: Katy smells the money
Nov 27, 2017 • 27 min
Iiiiiiit’s the first ever episode of The Europeans! In which Katy smells the money wafting off European agencies and Dominic gets chased by angry French nudists. Elsewhere, we chat to journalist Frank Zeller in Berlin about Germany’s very un-German lack…
The Trailer
Nov 19, 2017 • 1 min
The Europeans is a moderately amusing podcast hosted by Katy Lee, a reporter in Paris, and Dominic Kraemer, an opera singer in Amsterdam. Every week we call each other up to chat about what’s been happening around the continent, and we call up friends and…