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The Europeans is an award-winning weekly podcast hosted by Katy Lee, a reporter in Paris, and Dominic Kraemer, an opera singer in Amsterdam. We talk about politics in Europe, but we also interview the artists, scientists, activists and chefs who are shaping this weird and wonderful continent.

We also never talk about Brexit. Because for goodness’ sake, we could all do with a break.

“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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Hiphopo

… or ‘hiphop’ in Esperanto. This week we’re talking about how the internet shook up the world’s most idealistic language, with Federico Gobbo, professor of Esperanto at the University of Amsterdam. We’re also talking about the furore over a rapper involved in a Swedish assault case, and the Dutch kid behind one of the most successful beats of all time.

We’re taking August off to work on some special episodes, but we’ll be back before you know it. Keep your eyes peeled in September for our brand new logo! As a final farewell to its iconic predecessor, we’ll be sending out limited edition Angry Macron tote bags to our existing Patreon subscribers to say thanks for the amazing support. Not a member yet? Sign up for our new $20 subscription to get your hands on a piece of podcasting history.

Portugal’s revolutionary drugs policy

Scotland now has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in Europe — even higher than the United States. The shocking statistics have prompted calls in Scotland for a move towards the decriminalisation of drug use, taking the lead from a radical change of approach in Portugal. Portugal went from a full-blown opioid crisis in the 1980s to having one of the lowest rates of drug deaths in Europe today. We called Andreia Alves, a social worker with the Lisbon NGO Crescer, to find how a more humane policy makes her work easier.

Also: turtle doves, VIP tour guides, and the art of the Spanish compromise.

When politicians talk about love

This week we’re talking about what happened when Actress, the electronic musician also known as Darren Cunningham, made British and Dutch politicians debate the meaning of love. We’re also talking about French extravagance, the gentrification of Berlin, and the magic of medicine.

You can find the article Dominic mentioned on the incredibly complex surgery that separated twins Safa and Marwa here.

Morals and the Mediterranean

We don’t call it ‘the migrant crisis’ anymore. Yet, every day, people attempt the treacherous crossing to reach our shores, and more than 500 people have died trying this year alone.

This week we’re talking about the politics of fear and the laws of the sea with the Italian migration expert Matteo Villa.

We’re also talking about rockets, bees and Greece’s return to the right.

Brave and competent women

This week, the European women steering the ship. Katy and Dominic discuss the case of Carola Rackete, the rescue boat captain who has come to symbolise the moral divide over migration, as well as the nomination of Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen and Christine Lagarde to two of the most powerful jobs on the continent.

In the meantime, the biggest Czech protests since the fall of communism have been giving the populist billionaire PM Andrej Babiš a run for his money. We ring up Benjamin Roll, one of the young leaders of the growing protest movement.

Notes from Black Europe

What does it mean to be black in Europe? This week’s guest Johny Pitts went on a five-month journey around the continent, interviewing black Europeans and exploring his own identity. The result is his brilliant new book, ‘Afropean: Notes from Black Europe‘, which makes the case for a community that crosses borders.

Also this week: the role of railways in the Holocaust; whether or not we should talk about Merkel; and a strange reward for good behaviour.

Eldorado

This week, the strange and rather wonderful story of how the BBC tried (and failed, pretty badly) to create a European soap opera back in the 1990s. Former ‘Eldorado’ star Kai Maurer reflects on how his unlikely role playing a German beach bum kicked off his acting career and how the show was ahead of its time.

Plus: a landmark Spanish court ruling and the ugly realities of European consensus politics.  Read the article that sparked Katy’s El Dorado obsession here.

Should we launch a campaign to get the BBC to bring it back?