August 14: The traces they leave

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. Follow Deborah on Twitter, she’s our favourite person tweeting from Merkel Land.

Also: an airborne mishap, an ingenious Spaniard, and irony, Slovenian-style, explained with the help of the brilliant Aljaž Pengov Bitenc.

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August 7: Piss and Populism

As you’ll see in this week’s episode, we’re warming to two themes this season: urine, and the far-right.

Timo Lochocki, 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 venture on this side of the Atlantic. On a brighter note, Adrian Murphy’s here to talk about Europeana, a lovely EU culture project that is currently collecting personal stories about migrating around the continent.

Also: good times for cash-strapped Berlin parents, bad times for Shakespearean amateur voiceover artists, and a disaster averted in Katy’s hometown.

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July 31: HEAT

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 science correspondent Patrick Galey (and his dog) whether this is the new normal. Follow @patrickgaley for the angriest climate tweets in town.

Things have been heating up in Germany too, in the form of a huge debate over identity politics. Dicle Akar, a teacher at the Berlin International School, gives us her thoughts on Turkish identity in Germany and the row over football star Mesut Özil.

Plus: how the summer’s been going for Europe’s biggest political egoes, and the bright side of the forthcoming apocalypse.

June 12: Waxy smiles

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 Bitenc on the line to talk about what we can learn from Slovenia’s recent election. We were on his podcast Evropska četrt recently!
  4. Spain’s Mr Handsome is off to a good start and the US ambassador to Germany is off to a bad one;
  5. We’re going on holiday! We’ll be back in a few weeks. Please stay subscribed because we won’t be gone long and we’ll likely be dropping by to say hello!

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June 5: Changing PMs at 103 BPMs

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 world’s leading experts on Islam, who has just published a major new study on Europe’s Muslims. We enjoyed our conversation so much that we’ll be releasing it in full as a bonus episode, so look out for that later in the week.

Plus: how Spain’s trashiest 1990s dance hit could save your life.

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May 29: Five Stars, Ireland

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 sci-fi novel DISCO SOUR, about why he decided to set it in a parallel European universe. And Katy’s been talking to Sweden-based Florian Tirnovan about his great project organizing a talent show for deaf people from all around the continent.

Plus: a thunderstorm, a requisitioned towel, and an unlikely friendship in the most beautiful (?) corner of Europe.

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