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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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    • 4.8 • 111 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.

    Malta's abortion taboo

    Malta's abortion taboo

    When the European parliament elected a new president last week, many of the headlines focused on one thing: the fact that she's against abortion. But Roberta Metsola's public stance is not at all unusual in a country with one of the strictest abortion bans in the world. This week we're asking: where does this incredibly strong taboo come from? Researcher and activist Liza Caruana-Finkel is here to fill us in. We're also talking about Chinese influence at European universities, and the case of a toilet that went all the way to Italy's Supreme Court.

    'Why it is vital to decriminalise abortion: the case of Malta' - The Conversation

    China's Magic Weapon - BBC

    Excellent tweets about embarrassing mistakes in a second (or third or fourth) language

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: The Investigation (Efterforskningen); Atlas Linguae

    This episode was produced as part of Sphera, a collective of independent European media. Find out more at sphera-hub.com.

    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.

    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 | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 36 min
    Energy bills, bills, bills

    Energy bills, bills, bills

    We're back for a brand new year of stories from across the continent. Top of the agenda is an issue that's been worrying a lot of Europeans: eye-wateringly expensive energy bills. Energy expert Marine Cornelis is here to explain why this is happening and what can be done about it. We're also catching up on Ukraine and a transatlantic cheese dispute.

    Marine is the founder of Next Energy Consumer and the host of the Energ'ethic podcast.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: Young Royals, Stromae's new single, and Angèle.

    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.

    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 | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 37 min
    The Europeans' Christmas Party!

    The Europeans' Christmas Party!

    We threw a little party for our last episode of the year! Producers Katz Laszlo and Wojciech Oleksiak join Katy and Dominic from Amsterdam and Warsaw to discuss elephant retirement, tree fraud, and festive traditions around Europe. Local snacks included.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: Women at War, Draumalandið by Valgeir Sigurðsson, The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology by Mark Boyle, and Are We Europe: Online Lies, Offline Lives. 

    Thank you so much for listening to The Europeans in 2021. We'll be back on January 20. If you enjoy our podcast and would like to help us keep making it into next year, 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 episode was produced as part of Sphera, a collective of independent European media. Find out more at sphera-hub.com.

    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 | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 35 min
    The life of a reindeer herder

    The life of a reindeer herder

    It's that time of year when reindeer start cropping up on all kinds of Christmassy consumer goods, from snowglobes to Advent calendars. But for the indigenous Sámi people of northern Europe, herding these remarkable animals is a way of life — and one that is increasingly under threat. This week we speak to Sámi herder and climate change expert Jannie Staffansson about her community's intimate and profound relationship with reindeer. It's an animal-themed episode this week, so we're also talking about a bee miracle in the Canary Islands, and how a European sheep can somehow be rare and a threat to biodiversity at the same time.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration was brought to you courtesy of Arte. Check out their series Re: European Stories here. Dominic enjoyed this episode on tea farming in Georgia, while Frederic recommends you check out this episode on village shops.

    You should also check out the latest episode of NPR's Rough Translation podcast! It includes a version of 'Sara', one of the episodes from our mini-series 'This Is What A Generation Sounds Like', co-produced by our very own Katz Laszlo with Adelina Lancianese.

    This episode was produced as part of Sphera, a collective of independent European media. Find out more at sphera-hub.com.

    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.

    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 | Facebook | hello@europeanspodcast.com

    • 36 min
    The Subtle Art of Subtitling

    The Subtle Art of Subtitling

    Millions of us have spent this pandemic bingeing on international films and television, transported far away through the magic of the screen. But there's an underappreciated army of workers who make it all possible: the subtitlers. This week we chat to Russian subtitler Max Deryagin about how Netflix has shaken up the industry and why things sometimes get lost in translation. We're also talking about the new Germany, the failures of Britain's asylum policy, and the woman on Romania's new 20 lei banknote.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: Steve Rosenberg's interview with Alexander Lukashenko, this episode of the BBC's Media Show podcast, and Lords of Scam. You can also check out this Twitter thread about a key problem with Netflix subtitles.

    This episode was produced as part of Sphera, a collective of independent European media. Find out more at sphera-hub.com.

    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.

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Senior producer: 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
    Move Fast And Fix Things

    Move Fast And Fix Things

    'Move fast and break things' was Facebook's corporate philosophy in its early days. Europe now wants to do the opposite when it comes to the harmful effects of social media: move fast and fix things. This week we're taking a look at the EU's plan to rein in the tech giants with the help of one of our favourite European tech nerds, Guillermo Beltrà of the Open Society European Policy Institute. We've also got a special Outer Space edition of Good Week Bad Week.

    This podcast was produced in collaboration with the Open Society European Policy Institute. You can find out more about their work here and check out an episode we previously made with them about Europe's climate policy here.

    This week's Isolation Inspiration: The Unlikely Murderer (Den osannolika mördaren) and Tear Along the Dotted Line (Strappare lungo i bordi).

    This episode was produced as part of Sphera, a collective of independent European media. Find out more at sphera-hub.com.

    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.

    Producers: Katy Lee and Wojciech Oleksiak

    Senior producer: 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

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

SarahResults ,

Informative, insightful, entertaining and well produced

I've been listening to The Europeans for a couple of years now and without fail, every episode has been engaging, well produced with insightful stories about Europe that go beyond the headlines.

As an anglo immigrant in Europe (France), this podcast helps me better understand and get to know this fascinating, complex continent that I have chosen as my home. You don't have to live in Europe to appreciate the content, you need only be curious or strive to be a Global Citizen.

Katy and Dominic's good work deserves support. I am a Patreon contributor and encourage others who can contribute to do so, if even just $1/month. 😊

Gherkin Rick ,

Upbeat great podcast

For anyone interested in a Europe-wide take on interesting topics, this is the podcast. It covers has a great soundscape as well.

G. P. da Palestrina ,

Fabulous!

Dominic and Katy have made such a wonderful podcast. They really tackle some complicated and nuanced topics with ease, introducing us to some really amazing guests along the way.

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