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 ring each other up to talk about what’s been going on around the continent — and we ring up all kinds of interesting people in other countries to find out what’s been happening where they are.
This isn’t just a podcast about politics, though there’ll be plenty of that. We also talk about artists and musicians and other people who are doing interesting cultural stuff around Europe, and what’s been making people laugh from Italy to Finland.
If you’re looking for a Europe-themed podcast in English that’s about more than just Brexit, you’ve come to the right place.
“This podcast is a miracle! Has everything I miss in German all-white-male-gravitas podcasts. A celebration of European diversity, committed to create optimistic vibes.” – Marian, Germany
Our music is by the ace composer Jim Barne. We love him.
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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 things Central European, is on the line to explain why campaigning against immigrants, Muslims and billionaire George Soros has paid off so well for this worryingly autocratic leader.
To cheer you up, Mick ter Reehorst of storytelling project Are We Europe has a happier tale to tell. He cracks open a couple of beers with Dominic as he sets out his mission to Make Europe Sexy Again with a beautifully-designed website and and magazine. Plus: murders, pizzas, and musical road surfaces.
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 troubling attitudes towards race in the country she calls home. And with train drivers unleashing three months of rail strikes and students barricading faculty buildings, is Emmanuel Macron heading for a summer of discontent? Plus: Dutch sugar highs, problematic theatre, Swedish beats and buried treasure.
You may have already heard our good news on last week’s show, but we’re shouting it from the rooftops again just in case you missed it: we’ve been nominated for a prize!
We are delighted to announce that The Europeans has been nominated as the Netherlands’ entry for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize. Dominic would like to thank the Dutch MEPs who chose us despite the fact that his Dutch is, in his own words, ‘still pretty rubbish’.
We’re looking forward to May 8 when one of us will be going to Aachen in Germany to meet the other national winners from around the EU. The prize honours projects by Europeans under 30 that bring us closer together as a continent.
We’re crossing our fingers that we get named as one of the top three projects which walk away with cash prizes as we’d love to invest some €€€ in growing the podcast and making it (even) better, but really, we’re super happy just to have come this far.
Thank you Netherlands, we hope we make you proud next month!
“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 paradise island in a remote corner of the Caribbean, only to find the entire Western world had got there first: plastic, plastic and yet more plastic. We talk about what Naomi found and what Europe can do to stop it. And since we had her here we thought we might as well quiz her about her podcast The Irish Passport, your one-stop shop for all things Irish. In Zagreb, Daniel Martinović is on the line to discuss the success of Dugine Obitelji (Rainbow Families), Croatia’s first children’s picture book showing kids with LGBT parents. Plus: the Netherlands keeps its gas underground; a London embassy keeps Julian Assange off the net; and a tale of redemption for an amateur sculptor in Madeira.
What a delicious episode we have for you this week. Michelin-starred chef Christian Puglisi is on the line from Copenhagen to talk about how his heritage has helped him shape cuisine that defies the rules. Born to a Norwegian mother and a Sicilian father, Christian’s ideas about where he comes from have changed with time, as have his ideas about food. We hear all about how his hit restaurant Baest has blurred the lines of what makes an ‘authentic’ pizza by going for freshness first — to the point of making his own Danish mozzarella — and his ongoing battle to make his restaurants as green as possible. Plus: how the French learned to love burgers; how the world learned to hate Cambridge Analytica; and a German footballer with a huge heart (and lucky blood).
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 French designer Hubert de Givenchy. In other news, Dominic comes clean about his traumatic experience as a 12-year-old child star in Siberia and gets mixed up (like everyone else this week) between Slovenia and Slovakia. Plus: happy Finns, clowns, and a PR coup for some beer-brewing Belgian monks.
Thanks for listening! If one weekly Europe fix isn’t enough, check out our Facebook page where we post all kinds of interesting links from around the continent.
See you next week when we’ll have our first-ever Michelin-starred chef on the show!
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 — until it came to putting her kids in school there. Dutch kids are famously supposed to be the happiest in the world, but is it really true?
Since we’re planning for the future we might as look all the way ahead to Doomsday. Katy’s been chatting to Åsmund Asdal, the coordinator of Norway’s Global Seed Vault, which keeps back-ups of the world’s grains and seeds for use in case of disaster.
Also: good news for young Europeans with wanderlust, bad news for clocks, and some mile-high poetry.
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