200 episodes

Each week we trawl the continent of Europe for the most interesting stories to cover and the most fascinating people to interview. This semi-serious, semi-silly, Brexit-free show, from a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, will make you seem clever to friends and make you feel like you've got two NEW friends in Katy and Dominic. You probably didn't realise you needed a European podcast in your life, but this will fill the gap that you didn't even know was there.

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    • 4.9 • 115 Ratings

Each week we trawl the continent of Europe for the most interesting stories to cover and the most fascinating people to interview. This semi-serious, semi-silly, Brexit-free show, from a reporter in Paris and an opera singer in Amsterdam, will make you seem clever to friends and make you feel like you've got two NEW friends in Katy and Dominic. You probably didn't realise you needed a European podcast in your life, but this will fill the gap that you didn't even know was there.

    Your Face Looks Familiar

    Your Face Looks Familiar

    More and more European police forces are using facial recognition technology. Under an EU proposal they'd be able to share access to the millions of images they've collected – creating what critics say amounts to one of the most extensive biometric surveillance systems in the world. This week we speak to Domen Savič, head of Slovenian digital rights NGO Državljan D (Citizen D), about the tricky balance between fighting crime and protecting our privacy. We're also talking about Seville's plans to name its heatwaves and the French response to the US Supreme Court's abortion ruling. Plus, a recording of Dominic's doorbell disaster.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: Bionic reading, Nicola Coughlan on Off Menu, DakhaBrakha, Jamala, Kalush and Go_A.

    You can check out Državljan D's monthly podcast on tech ethics here.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few bucks a month at patreon.com/europeanspodcast (many currencies are available). You can also help new listeners find the show by leaving us a review or giving us five stars on Spotify.

    02:34 Good Week: Seville's plan to name its heatwaves

    11:52 Bad Week (or Good Response To A Bad Week): France's response to the US Supreme Court ruling

    18:20 Interview: Domen Savič on the EU's facial recognition plans

    30:33 Isolation Inspiration: Bionic reading, Nicola Coughlan on Off Menu, and Glastonbury's Ukrainian offerings

    34:42 Happy Ending: Rock, paper, scissors on wheels

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina

    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.

    Twitter | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 37 min
    It takes more than two, baby

    It takes more than two, baby

    When Remco Yizhak Cooremans moved home to the Netherlands after many years abroad, the authorities told him something shocking: his son wasn't legally his son. This week, we hear about Dutch plans to bring the law up to date with the realities of 21st-century parenting. We're also talking about Roman trash and minimum wages you can actually live on.

    Remco is the chairman of Meer dan Gewenst. If you're interested in the multi-parenting law, you can catch him speaking at De Balie in Amsterdam on June 16, and it's being streamed online too. Details here.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: Navalny, and Rough Translation's episode on France's forbidden desk lunches.

    We're taking a break next week so that Katy can go stand in a muddy field. While we're away, check out this beautiful episode from Belarusian poet Hanna Komar, reflecting on the meaning of freedom.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few bucks a month at patreon.com/europeanspodcast (many currencies are available). You can also help new listeners find the show by leaving us a review or giving us five stars on Spotify.

    02:41 Good Week: Minimum wages you can actually live on

    08:54 Bad Week: Messy Rome

    18:06 Interview: Remco Yizhak Cooremans on the Netherlands' planned multi-parent law

    32:33 Isolation Inspiration: 'Navalny' and Rough Translation's French lunch episode

    34:23 Happy Ending: Congratulations, Candida!

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina

    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.

    Twitter | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 36 min
    What is Orbán playing at?

    What is Orbán playing at?

    In the EU's complicated efforts to present a united front on Ukraine, Viktor Orbán stands out like a sore thumb. Why is Orbán cosying up to Vladimir Putin? This week, we catch up with longtime Orbán-watcher Viktória Serdült on what game the Hungarian leader might be playing. We're also talking about the toxic row engulfing Germany's documenta fifteen festival, and a gamechanger for annoying customer service calls in Spain.

    Viktória is a journalist at HVG, one of the few remaining bastions of independent media in Hungary. You can follow her on Twitter here.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: On Spec and Season 3 of Derry Girls.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few bucks a month at patreon.com/europeanspodcast (many currencies are available). You can also help new listeners find the show by leaving us a review or giving us five stars on Spotify. 

    03:07 Bad Week: documenta fifteen

    14:06 Good Week: Spain's amazing customer service bill

    20:18 Interview: Viktória Serdült on Viktor Orbán's latest antics

    31:16 Isolation Inspiration: On Spec and Derry Girls

    34:09 Happy Ending: Pompeii DNA

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina

    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.

    Twitter | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 37 min
    Hanna

    Hanna

    From Minsk and London, a story about the meaning of freedom. Hanna Komar, a poet, was jailed for her activism in Belarus. This week, she tells us what it’s like to move from a place where people have to fight for basic rights, to a place where people take them for granted.
    This is the fifth episode in our series This Is What A Generation Sounds Like: intimate stories from young Europeans across the continent.
    A beautiful visual version of this podcast will be available later this year. In the meantime, check out the first visual podcast in this series: Josh and Franco.
    This series is co-produced with Are We Europe and funded by Allianz Kulturstiftung, an independent not-for-profit cultural foundation committed to strengthening cohesion in Europe using the tools of art and culture. Find out more at kulturstiftung.allianz.de.
    Producers: Katy Lee and Hanna Komar
    Sound design: Katz Laszlo and Wojciech Oleksiak
    Mixing and mastering: Wojciech Oleksiak
    Editors: Katz Laszlo and Dominic Kraemer
    Music: ‘Girl in White’ by Naviband, ‘Ballerina’ by Yehezkel Raz, ‘Ballerina Remix’ by Yehezkel Raz and Lalinea, ‘Магутны Божа’ by Volny Chor; ‘Looking for You’ by Christof Waters; Blue Dot Sessions; and Papa Bo mixing tracks by Meute, live during the protests in Minsk. Theme music by Jim Barne. SFX from Freesound.org.
    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few euros / dollars / pounds a month at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. You can also help new listeners find the show by leaving us a review.
    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.
    Twitter | Instagram | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 28 min
    Moldova's Propaganda Problem

    Moldova's Propaganda Problem

    Moldova represents a prime example of social media giants' failure to tackle disinformation in smaller and less wealthy countries ⁠— in this case, with hugely dangerous potential consequences. This week we speak to civil society activist Diana Filimon about the propaganda war that Russia has been waging in countries neighbouring Ukraine. We're also talking about Germany's €9 transport experiment, the morality of a lockdown for cats, and scallop discothèques.

    You can find out more about Diana's work at Forum Apulum here and read Philip Oltermann's reporting on racism claims against Berlin ticket inspectors here.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: The Truffle Hunters, and the New York Times' reporting on the legacy of Haiti's reparations to enslavers. You can read more about the methods used for the NYT's reporting here and more on reactions to the story here. A video of dancing scallops can be found here.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few bucks a month at patreon.com/europeanspodcast (many currencies are available). You can also help new listeners find the show by leaving us a review or giving us five stars on Spotify. And this week, why not #TellASwede about this podcast's existence?



    02:51 Good Week: Germany's €9 transport experiment

    09:40 Bad Week: Walldorf's lockdown for cats

    17:12 Interview: Diana Filimon on disinformation in Moldova

    33:06 Isolation Inspiration: 'The Truffle Hunters' and the NYT's reporting on Haiti's reparations to enslavers

    38:19 Happy Ending: Scallop disco



    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak, with thanks to Katz Laszlo

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina

    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.

    Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 42 min
    Solar-Powered Scrolling

    Solar-Powered Scrolling

    Kris de Decker's balcony in Barcelona is nice and sunny. Which is just as well, because a website depends on it. This week we chat to Kris, co-founder of Low-Tech Magazine, about why he built a solar-powered website and how human history can inspire modern environmental solutions. We're also talking about foie gras, faux gras, and bringing EU and non-EU Europe together.

    You can check out the solar-powered version of Low-Tech Magazine's website here.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: 'Today in Focus - The Wagatha Christie case'; 'Multiples: 12 stories in 18 languages by 61 authors'; this vegan foie gras recipe; Impact from Les Glorieuses, a feminist newsletter in English and French.

    Thanks for listening! If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it, we'd love it if you'd consider chipping in a few euros / dollars / pounds a month at patreon.com/europeanspodcast. You can also help new listeners find the show by leaving us a review or giving us five stars on Spotify.

    03:23 Good Week? Macron's big new idea
    12:09 Bad Week: Foie gras
    20:09 Interview: Kris De Decker on building a solar-powered website
    34:38 Isolation Inspiration: 'Today in Focus - The Wagatha Christie case' and 'Multiples'
    38:04 Happy Ending: Italy's women footballers go pro

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak, with thanks to Katz Laszlo 

    Music: Jim Barne and Mariska Martina

    This podcast is part of the Are We Europe family. Find more like-minded European podcasts at areweeurope.com/audio-family.

    Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

Donman Expat ,

Ukraine

Your coverage of the Ukraine tragedy has been excellent - thought-provoking, very touching and inspiring. Thank you. Ashley

EmPiSun1991 ,

Great for a broader European outlook

As someone living in London but from the continent, this is a great way to keep up with news that’s not just UK or US-focused. I love hearing about the domestic politics of other European nations!

markmixxx ,

Amazing pod for any Europhile...

... or anyone taking an interest in what’s going on on the European political stage.
The two lovely hosts are engaging with their listeners like hardly any other pod hosts by picking up topic suggestions from their social feeds.
I love this pod and can’t wait for it to “air” every Thursday.

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