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Best swissinfo.ch podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best swissinfo.ch podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
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For 50 years the World Economic Forum (WEF) has been a venue for the world’s political and business leaders, but increasingly, the big humanitarian aid agencies go to Davos, too.The heads of just about every UN organization will be there, as will the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross.For this edition of The Swiss Connection’…
 
Think of interpreters and you might think of focused faces wearing headphones in glass booths at conferences. Or perhaps people whispering into the ears of presidents at international summits. But have you ever thought about the skills these unsung heroes have to master and the pressures they have to face? One of the Swiss parliament’s nine officia…
 
From US tensions with Iran to wildfires in Australia, 2020 has gotten off to an intense and challenging start for the world. How will the United Nations handle these and other issues coming up this year? And what does the future hold for the international organization? As part of our Inside Geneva series, host Imogen Foulkes joins UN representative…
 
Corals are our underwater forest, supporting a whole ecosystem. But they are fast disappearing due to global warming. Swiss and Israeli scientists have discovered that corals in the Red Sea are more resistant to climate change. Now Switzerland is leading a project aimed at bringing scientists from the Red Sea countries together to help save the cor…
 
To do their work, humanitarian organisations must talk with everyone in the field, including groups that have been labelled terrorists. How do they do it?Agencies like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (Doctors without Borders) say well-intentioned government policies like anti-terrorism legislat…
 
For the first time, Swiss foreign policy strategy is to be "inspired" by the report of an expert group, which included businesses and think-tanks as well as government people. The person in charge of writing the new strategy is State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Pascale Baeriswyl. In an exclusive interview, she talked about this task, and her upco…
 
You know that saying about people running away to join the circus? That’s basically what Meret Ryhiner did when she left Switzerland in 1979.At the height of her performing career, the equilibrist had an incredible sense of balance. After a bad accident destroyed it, she began transferring her skills to youth.Today Meret Ryhiner is a much-loved men…
 
Most people in Switzerland would support a ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems, for example, drones that can shoot people.A poll commissioned by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots showed that 72% of Swiss respondents would favor a ban – a similar result to several other European nations surveyed.In this episode of our Inside Geneva series, cor…
 
Mirko Manzoni, the former Swiss ambassador and now UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy for Mozambique, is the man being hailed as architect of that country's recent peace deal. In his new UN role he will be helping to consolidate the peace. This may not be easy, especially after recent elections in which the ruling party won a landslide victory a…
 
This week, all eyes have been on a group of 150 people who arrived in Geneva. They’re there to try to work out the next steps for Syria, where war has raged for nearly a decade. In another “Inside Geneva” edition of our podcast, we’re asking whether these talks in Switzerland can lead to peace in Syria. Host Imogen Foulkes and analyst Daniel Warner…
 
You’ve probably heard of the Human Rights Council, the UN body that’s responsible for protecting human rights all over the world.But what does it do, exactly? And who are the people who flock to Geneva every time the Council, pictured above, is in session?As part of our “Inside Geneva” podcast series, swissinfo.ch correspondent Imogen Foulkes looke…
 
Switzerland has a new ambassador to the United States, former intelligence coordinator Jacques Pitteloud. He takes over from Martin Dahinden, who is retiring. We caught up with Pitteloud just before he left for Washington. In this interview, he talks about Donald Trump, about his own past, and his African connections.The photo above shows Pitteloud…
 
In this podcast edition, we’re introducing a series called “Inside Geneva” – where we’re taking a closer look at the work being done by the international organisations that are based there. For example: How do humanitarian groups cope when politicians launch verbal attacks on refugees? swissinfo.ch correspondent Imogen Foulkes recently discussed th…
 
If you have been to Switzerland, you may have admired beautiful Lake Geneva. But what lies beneath the lake? And is it warming up? We talk to an Australian scientist who conducts research on this iconic lake.Subscribe to our podcast, for example on Apple Podcasts to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.…
 
Burnout is on the rise in Switzerland, but it is still poorly understood and highly controversial in society and among medical professionals and politicians.We spoke with Dr. Barbara Hochstrasser, president of the Swiss Expert Burnout Network, who launched the first burnout programme in the country in 2004, as well as Claudia Kraaz, a stress manage…
 
Swiss telecoms groups Swisscom, Sunrise, and Salt are rolling out, as we speak, 5G infrastructure across the country. Will they be stopped in their tracks? A citizen movement, worried about health and environmental risks, has risen up in protest. We speak with translator Tamlin Schibler-Ulmann, founder of the Stop5G group.Subscribe to our podcast o…
 
Convincing Pakistan to lend an ancient Gandhara Buddha statue to a Swiss museum was the easy part. Transporting the 1.5-ton sculpture from Peshawar to Zurich posed the real challenge.Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.By Anand Chandrasekhar, swissinfo.ch
 
In a refugee camp, one of the first challenges is usually water. But a Swiss project has helped one camp to find more. The Geneva-based United Nations refugee agency has an obligation to provide enough water, and it often has to spend a lot of money trucking it in from elsewhere. But at Bidi Bidi camp in northern Uganda, a Swiss method has helped q…
 
“Gateways to New York” is a documentary about Swiss engineer Othmar Ammann, who might be an unsung hero today, but he certainly wasn’t when he was building many of New York’s most iconic bridges. His works include George Washington Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Triborough Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge and Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (…
 
The last population of the Asiatic lion is under threat from a virus outbreak. Can Switzerland come to the rescue?Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.By Anand Chandrasekhar, swissinfo.,ch
 
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