This week we’re going back to the 1970s to look at two great mysteries: an unsolved murder in Norway, and Britain’s ever-enigmatic relationship with Europe.
Norwegian investigative journalist Marit Higraff joins us to talk about Death In Ice Valley, the true crime podcast from the BBC and NRK hoping to uncover the truth behind a woman’s death half a century ago.
Also delving into the past is British comedian Kieran Hodgson, whose new show looks for laughs in the unlikeliest of places: the story of how Britain ended up joining the EU.
Plus: Cold comfort for the Balkans, Amsterdam’s war on ‘mono-culture’, and the secret to living a very, VERY long life. Oh, and the tiniest mention of a certain wedding.
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It’s been week of highs and lows for Europe and The Europeans. Katy came back from Germany with empty pockets but a full heart (and a selfie with a certain someone). It’s been a bad week for European diplomacy, but a great one for trashy pop music.
Someone who’s seen more than her fair share of highs and lows is our guest Farah Abdi, a transgender Somali refugee who arrived on a boat from Libya in 2012. She tells Katy about her journey and her fight for better rights for LGBT refugees in Europe. And songwriter MaJiKer, who’s penned several songs for past Eurovision hopefuls, is on hand to explain why Israel snatched victory and Sweden got robbed.
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Katy gets all mushy about Europe as we talk to a very clever man who makes his living by speculating on Eurovision. Daniel Gould (Mr Gould to Dominic), is the founder of Sofabet.com and gives us all the latest from Lisbon.
We then head over to Spain to speak to the activist and writer Brigitte Vasallo about Spain’s #MeToo movement and the public reaction to the shocking court ruling in a rape case in Pamplona.
Plus, we have meatballs, terrorists, Harry Potter Royalty and a healthy serving of cultural appropriation.
Meanwhile, Katy is heading over to Aachen to find out if we’ve won Eurovision for Euro-geeks, aka the EU’s Charlemagne Prize for Youth. Please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts to help stop the flow of tears when we probably/definitely don’t win.
We had a DELIGHTFUL surprise this week when we discovered that The Europeans has been profiled by none other than esteemed podcast reviewer Ben Cannon of The Constant Listener.
He wrote some incredibly kind things about us, not least praising our ‘easy rapport’, great guests and a ‘non-standard journalistic approach which creates continually engaging conversations’.
Our favourite bit, though was this:
It’s podcasts like The Europeans that really make the case for the medium. Taken as a whole, it feels like a sort of new wave pirate radio… In telling stories of the continent it provides a sense of comfort and security to the way it explores life in the patchwork Union, representing it less as a house of cards and instead painting it in a more nuanced, at times hopeful light.
Thank you so much, Ben! To read his full, lavish praise, click here. And why not witness Dominic’s delight at his incredibly kind words first-hand in this Instagram vid:
We couldn’t have two more different interviews for you this week: we’re talking anti-Semitism in Germany and the art of remaining zen on a beach in Scotland.
After two German rappers sparked national outrage with lyrics about the Holocaust, Human Rights Watch Germany’s chief Wenzel Michalski is on the line to talk about his all too personal experience of Europe’s rising problem with anti-Semitism.
But why throw stones when you can turn them into art instead? Scottish photographer Andy Buchanan brings us the weird, wonderful and unexpectedly hilarious story of covering the European Stone Stacking Championships. You can see his beautiful photos in the Guardian here.
Plus, Macron Does America and Bulgaria Does It Wrong (check out former guest Georgi Gotev’s reporting on a night of vodka and scantily-clad ladies here). And why not stick around and Take A Chance On Dominic’s happy ending this week?
You can check out the story behind our artwork, as mentioned in the show, on the great new podcast I Should Start A Podcast.
And if you have a few minutes to spare, we’d love it if you could leave us a review — it helps new listeners to find the show.
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A treasure-themed episode for you this week: the natural treasures of Poland’s ancient Białowieża forest, hidden treasures in rural France, and buried treasure on a German island.
Dominic’s been chatting to Agata Szafraniuk of environmental lawyers ClientEarth about their battle with the Polish government to protect Białowieża, one of the few remaining patches of the primeval forest that covered Europe 10,000 years ago.
Also heading into the countryside are Parisian podcaster Oliver Gee of The Earful Tower fame and his fiancee Lina Nordin, on a quest to discover the real France through a heart-shaped (awwwwww) tour of the country.
Plus: Strict Belgian gyms, 10th century bling and a bitcoin heist.
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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.