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Conversations from and about Switzerland: culture, politics and science with a Swiss twist.

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Conversations from and about Switzerland: culture, politics and science with a Swiss twist.

    The jazz singer with Swiss folk roots

    The jazz singer with Swiss folk roots

    When you first see her with her sleek bob and glossy fingernails, it’s kind of surprising to learn that Gabriela Martina was raised on a farm. But it’s memories of her rural upbringing that power some of her music.Over a decade ago, she left her home in...

    • 10 min
    Inside Geneva: A decade of war in Syria

    Inside Geneva: A decade of war in Syria

    In this episode of Inside Geneva, we take a look at the ongoing conflict in Syria.Shouldn’t it be over by now? Could humanitarian groups be doing more?Host Imogen Foulkes is joined by Jan Egeland, who served for several years as chair of the UN’s humanitarian task force for Syria, and Fabrizio Carboni, now the ICRC’s director of operations for the Middle East.Subscribe to this podcast, for example on Apple Podcasts, PlayerFM or Spotify, to ensure that you don’t miss the next episode.

    • 24 min
    Inside Geneva: the United Nations and China

    Inside Geneva: the United Nations and China

    In this episode of Inside Geneva we take a look at the shifting influences in the United Nations – especially with regard to China. As the United States slowly withdraws from the multilateral system and focuses on its ‘America First’ policy, China appears to be filling the political vacuum.In this edition of our Inside Geneva series, host Imogen Foulkes is joined by analyst Daniel Warner, China watcher Meg Davis from the Graduate Institute, and Sarah Brooks from the International Service for Human Rights.Subscribe to this podcast, The Swiss Connection, for example on Apple Podcasts, PlayerFM or Spotify, to ensure that you don’t miss the next episode.

    • 31 min
    The sound of Nashville with a Swiss twist

    The sound of Nashville with a Swiss twist

    By day, Florian Roth is a lawyer and Jessica Wezel is a medical insurance specialist; by night, they are Flo & Jessie, two young stars of Switzerland's lively country music scene. In this podcast they explain how they got the country bug, why they think country music is so popular in Switzerland – and the secret of a successful duo. We also hear some of the tracks from their debut album, an EP of six original songs which will be launched on April 4. I’ve Gone My Way was recorded with The Black Barons, a country and folk band which Flo founded in 2007.“We’ve played so many shows over the past two years that it took quite a while to finish the recordings!” Flo says. However, the album might not have happened at all had Jessie not followed her musical heart in Ireland. “I’d planned to spend three months in Cork on a language course. I’d spent two weeks at school when I met a couple of Irish musicians on a bus who invited me to join them to play a private party,” she says. “I soon ran out of money, so they offered to let me play with them, first on the streets and later on club and pub tours in several towns throughout Ireland. That saved me!”

    • 20 min
    Inside Geneva: What should we be doing about human rights violations?

    Inside Geneva: What should we be doing about human rights violations?

    In this episode of Inside Geneva, we go behind the scenes at the world's most important gathering on human rights, now underway in Geneva.It's the UN Human Rights Council, where Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, is a crucial voice. He's been criticised for not doing enough about human rights violations, so people were eager to hear his keynote speech to the council.In this edition of our Inside Geneva series, host Imogen Foulkes welcomes Hilary Power of Amnesty International, Gerold Staberock of the World Organisation against Torture, and Nick Cumming-Bruce of the New York Times. Together they analyse Guterres's statement and take a closer look at the human rights situation worldwide.Subscribe to this podcast, The Swiss Connection, for example on Apple Podcasts, PlayerFM or Spotify, to ensure that you don’t miss the next episode.Save the date: Inside Geneva will soon be its own podcast. For those of you in the Geneva area, we have a launch event coming up on April 20. More information will be posted here when available.

    • 30 min
    Inside Geneva: How to deal with coronavirus?

    Inside Geneva: How to deal with coronavirus?

    With the coronavirus epidemic claiming more than 1,000 lives, global health officials are increasing their efforts to contain its spread – as well as any rumours about the disease. For this edition of our Inside Geneva series, Imogen Foulkes talks to two health experts at the Graduate Institute Geneva, Gian Luca Burci and Suerie Moon, as well as political scientist Daniel Warner.An adjunct professor at the Institute, Gian Luca Burci is a former legal counsel at the World Health Organization.Suerie Moon is co-director of the Institute's Global Health Centre. Subscribe to this podcast, The Swiss Connection, for example on Apple Podcasts, PlayerFM or Spotify, to ensure that you don’t miss the next episode.

    • 30 min

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