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Conversations from and about Switzerland

Latest Episodes

Switzerland’s new US ambassador ‘fascinated’ to be in Washington

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 and his wife at an event to mark his arrival in Washington, and comes courtesy of the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. Subscribe to our podcast, for exampleonApple Podcasts,to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

11 MIN5 days ago
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Switzerland’s new US ambassador ‘fascinated’ to be in Washington

Inside Geneva: populist rhetoric and humanitarian work

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 that question with people who deal with it every day in Geneva:Liz Throssell of the UN Refugee Agency, Matt Cochrane of theInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societiesand analyst Daniel Warner of the Graduate Institute Geneva. Subscribe to our podcast, for example onApple Podcasts, to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

22 MIN2 weeks ago
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Inside Geneva: populist rhetoric and humanitarian work

Discovering the secrets of Lake Geneva

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 exampleonApple Podcasts,to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

10 MIN3 weeks ago
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Discovering the secrets of Lake Geneva

Burnout’s toll and how horse-riding in the Alps could help

Burnout is on the rise in Switzerland, but it is still poorly understood and highly controversial in society and among medical professionalsand 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, astress management coach in Zurich, about how Switzerland is coming to terms with the condition. What is Switzerland learning about burnout, what causes it, and how to treat it? Could horse-riding hold the secret? Subscribe to our podcast oniTunesto ensure that you don’t miss the next one. ​​​​​​​

18 MINJUL 7
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Burnout’s toll and how horse-riding in the Alps could help

5G: how a counter-movement took shape in Switzerland

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 oniTunesto ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

10 MINJUN 9
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5G: how a counter-movement took shape in Switzerland

A 2,000-year-old guest from Pakistan comes to Switzerland

Convincing Pakistan to lend an ancient Gandhara Buddha statue to a Swiss museum was the easy part. Transportingthe 1.5-ton sculpture from Peshawar to Zurich posed the real challenge. Subscribe to our podcast oniTunesto ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

8 MINMAY 5
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A 2,000-year-old guest from Pakistan comes to Switzerland

Swiss scientists get water gushing in Uganda

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 tospend a lot of money trucking it in from elsewhere. But at Bidi Bidi camp in northern Uganda, a Swiss method has helped quadruple the water supply by finding more productive wells. So how does it work, and can it be applied elsewhere? Subscribe to our podcast oniTunesto ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

10 MINAPR 7
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Swiss scientists get water gushing in Uganda

Big bridges in the Big Apple

“Gateways toNew 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 (pictured). The film’s director, Martin Witz, talks to swissinfo.ch at the Solothurn Film Festival, where his documentary won the Audience Award, about Ammann’s incredible success story and the challenges in making the film. Subscribe to our podcast oniTunes to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

17 MINMAR 3
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Big bridges in the Big Apple

The king of the jungle battles for survival

The last population of the Asiatic lion is under threat from a virus outbreak. Can Switzerland come to the rescue? Subscribe to our podcast oniTunesto ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

13 MINJAN 27
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The king of the jungle battles for survival

‘The police closed us down within an hour!’

I can’t be the only British expat to have moaned about the lack of good brunches and burgers in Switzerland. Nor can I be the only expat to have considered writing a novel. I’m certainly not the only one to have done nothing about either. Richard Williams, on the other hand, is a doer. The 43-year-old from Wales moved to Switzerland in 2004 and has not only opened a successful burger chain, a brunch café, a diner and a gastropub, he has also just published his first novel, Mostyn Thomas and the Big Rave. I meet Lausanne-based Williams in Bern to discuss the book – a crime thriller set in the early 1990s, featuring Welsh farmers, ravers and debt collectors – but soon find myself explaining my grail-like quest for a decent Swiss burger. “That was me ten years ago!” Williams says. But instead of complaining, in 2009 Williams and his English-Swiss wife founded the Holy Cow burger chain in Lausanne, which now comprises 15 restaurants throughout Switzerland (burgers pictured above)...

16 MIN2018 DEC 24
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‘The police closed us down within an hour!’

Latest Episodes

Switzerland’s new US ambassador ‘fascinated’ to be in Washington

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 and his wife at an event to mark his arrival in Washington, and comes courtesy of the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. Subscribe to our podcast, for exampleonApple Podcasts,to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

11 MIN5 days ago
Comments
Switzerland’s new US ambassador ‘fascinated’ to be in Washington

Inside Geneva: populist rhetoric and humanitarian work

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 that question with people who deal with it every day in Geneva:Liz Throssell of the UN Refugee Agency, Matt Cochrane of theInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societiesand analyst Daniel Warner of the Graduate Institute Geneva. Subscribe to our podcast, for example onApple Podcasts, to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

22 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Inside Geneva: populist rhetoric and humanitarian work

Discovering the secrets of Lake Geneva

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 exampleonApple Podcasts,to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

10 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Discovering the secrets of Lake Geneva

Burnout’s toll and how horse-riding in the Alps could help

Burnout is on the rise in Switzerland, but it is still poorly understood and highly controversial in society and among medical professionalsand 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, astress management coach in Zurich, about how Switzerland is coming to terms with the condition. What is Switzerland learning about burnout, what causes it, and how to treat it? Could horse-riding hold the secret? Subscribe to our podcast oniTunesto ensure that you don’t miss the next one. ​​​​​​​

18 MINJUL 7
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Burnout’s toll and how horse-riding in the Alps could help

5G: how a counter-movement took shape in Switzerland

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 oniTunesto ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

10 MINJUN 9
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5G: how a counter-movement took shape in Switzerland

A 2,000-year-old guest from Pakistan comes to Switzerland

Convincing Pakistan to lend an ancient Gandhara Buddha statue to a Swiss museum was the easy part. Transportingthe 1.5-ton sculpture from Peshawar to Zurich posed the real challenge. Subscribe to our podcast oniTunesto ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

8 MINMAY 5
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A 2,000-year-old guest from Pakistan comes to Switzerland

Swiss scientists get water gushing in Uganda

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 tospend a lot of money trucking it in from elsewhere. But at Bidi Bidi camp in northern Uganda, a Swiss method has helped quadruple the water supply by finding more productive wells. So how does it work, and can it be applied elsewhere? Subscribe to our podcast oniTunesto ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

10 MINAPR 7
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Swiss scientists get water gushing in Uganda

Big bridges in the Big Apple

“Gateways toNew 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 (pictured). The film’s director, Martin Witz, talks to swissinfo.ch at the Solothurn Film Festival, where his documentary won the Audience Award, about Ammann’s incredible success story and the challenges in making the film. Subscribe to our podcast oniTunes to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

17 MINMAR 3
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Big bridges in the Big Apple

The king of the jungle battles for survival

The last population of the Asiatic lion is under threat from a virus outbreak. Can Switzerland come to the rescue? Subscribe to our podcast oniTunesto ensure that you don’t miss the next one.

13 MINJAN 27
Comments
The king of the jungle battles for survival

‘The police closed us down within an hour!’

I can’t be the only British expat to have moaned about the lack of good brunches and burgers in Switzerland. Nor can I be the only expat to have considered writing a novel. I’m certainly not the only one to have done nothing about either. Richard Williams, on the other hand, is a doer. The 43-year-old from Wales moved to Switzerland in 2004 and has not only opened a successful burger chain, a brunch café, a diner and a gastropub, he has also just published his first novel, Mostyn Thomas and the Big Rave. I meet Lausanne-based Williams in Bern to discuss the book – a crime thriller set in the early 1990s, featuring Welsh farmers, ravers and debt collectors – but soon find myself explaining my grail-like quest for a decent Swiss burger. “That was me ten years ago!” Williams says. But instead of complaining, in 2009 Williams and his English-Swiss wife founded the Holy Cow burger chain in Lausanne, which now comprises 15 restaurants throughout Switzerland (burgers pictured above)...

16 MIN2018 DEC 24
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‘The police closed us down within an hour!’