The skies over Skopje

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 bling, a badass Romanian anti-corruption crusader, and some long-forgotten treasures.

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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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Jan 23: 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 Detectors. And we delve into the world of Scandinavian snus tobacco, illegal in most of the EU. For the first time, it’s more popular in Norway than cigarettes. But why?! We find out from Kris Johansson in Oslo, and the author Christopher Snowdon is on hand to explain why this stuff is still banned around Europe despite growing evidence that it helps people quit smoking. Plus: news from Davos with the tiniest mention of T***p, and a weaponized sausage for dessert.

Jan 9: The Dumbest Farmer Finds The Biggest Potatoes

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 to talk about what we can expect from Bulgaria as the EU’s poorest country takes the helm as president for the next six months. We ask why a baby born in Bulgaria has a much lower life expectancy than one born in Spain; and there’s a feminist, vodka-flavoured happy ending for you.

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