A podcast website wrote some REALLY nice things about us

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:

This lovely lovely review in the Constant Listener made my day!

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May 1: Sticks and stones and dandruff

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.

Thanks for listening, Europe!

April 24: Keep your bitcoin close and your botany closer

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.

We’re being listed by Apple as a ‘new and noteworthy’ podcast for the next few weeks, woohoo! Help us make the most of it by leaving us a rating and/or review here.

Thanks so much for listening!

April 17: Once Upon A Time In Hungary

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.

 

April 10: Liberté, Egalité, Difficultés

Bonjour Europe, we’re all joining Katy in Paris this week to talk about some of the less rosy aspects of la belle France. Our guest this week is the French writer and film-maker Rokhaya Diallo, who has all too often found herself on the receiving end of troubling attitudes towards race in the country she calls home. And with train drivers unleashing three months of rail strikes and students barricading faculty buildings, is Emmanuel Macron heading for a summer of discontent? Plus: Dutch sugar highs, problematic theatre, Swedish beats and buried treasure.

We’ve been nominated for a prize!

You may have already heard our good news on last week’s show, but we’re shouting it from the rooftops again just in case you missed it: we’ve been nominated for a prize!

We are delighted to announce that The Europeans has been nominated as the Netherlands’ entry for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize. Dominic would like to thank the Dutch MEPs who chose us despite the fact that his Dutch is, in his own words, ‘still pretty rubbish’.

We’re looking forward to May 8 when Katy will be going to Aachen in Germany to meet the other national winners from around the EU. The prize honours projects by Europeans under 30 that bring us closer together as a continent.

We’re crossing our fingers that we get named as one of the top three projects which walk away with cash prizes as we’d love to invest some €€€ in growing the podcast and making it (even) better, but really, we’re super happy just to have come this far.

Thank you Netherlands, we hope we make you proud next month!

April 3: Trash islands and rainbow homes

“Ever wonder where plastic ends up? I have a story I’d like to share.” This week on The Europeans, the Irish journalist Naomi O’Leary describes what happened when she visited a paradise island in a remote corner of the Caribbean, only to find the entire Western world had got there first: plastic, plastic and yet more plastic. We talk about what Naomi found and what Europe can do to stop it. And since we had her here we thought we might as well quiz her about her podcast The Irish Passport, your one-stop shop for all things Irish. In Zagreb, Daniel Martinović is on the line to discuss the success of Dugine Obitelji (Rainbow Families), Croatia’s first children’s picture book showing kids with LGBT parents. Plus: the Netherlands keeps its gas underground; a London embassy keeps Julian Assange off the net; and a tale of redemption for an amateur sculptor in Madeira.