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. Computer scientist Teemu Roos is on the line from Helsinki to explain why Finland is trying to educate its population en masse about artificial intelligence. And our Woman in Warsaw Ania Jakubek is back with the tale of a Polish wartime hero who just happened to be… a bear. Plus: Greek drama, Satanic tourism, and how to make the internet a nicer place.
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Music: ‘Moon Noose’ by Druslan
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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 having been named Bad News reporter for De Correspondent has more hope than you might think for this continent as we roll into 2019. Trigger warning: there’s a mention or two of the b-word as we talk about why Europe ain’t so boring and the mysteries of the British psyche. Plus: Powerfrauen; an all-too-human robot, and the fight to save our pollinators.
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Bonne année, Frohes neues Jahr, and Feliz Año Nuevo!
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, director of the Rijksmuseum, here to explain why the Netherlands’ national museum is going to be restoring The Night Watch while the whole world watches. And from Rembrandt to race, the playright Marjorie H. Morgan is on the line from Liverpool to talk about the difference between being black in Europe and black in America.
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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 European, with his tips for stylish German television thrown in for free. Plus bears, trains, and ancient weapons, we’ve got it all this week.
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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 Monique Van den Abbeel, a Belgian campaigner for the visually impaired who is soon to be welcoming Europe’s first guide horse into her home in Bruges. Yes, this is a thing, and we are very excited about it.
In Week 2 of our partnership with Are We Europe we also chat to co-editor Alexander Hurst about being an American on the continent. Check out the magazine’s latest issue here.
Also: a space race, a non-existent wall, and a message from the past.