ABC Radio National, Off Track – The tiny Leadbeater’s possum was once thought to be extinct. But in 1961 it was rediscovered, and subsequently anointed Victoria’s faunal emblem. In the wild, Leadbeater numbers continue to be threatened, but a new captive breeding program at Zoos Victoria may well bring back the species from the brink. This week, Off Track travels to [...]
DW, Living Planet – The Murray Darling Basin in Australia is one of the most important grain production regions in the world – and vital for food security. After massive water shortages, Australia has set out a plan to save its most important river system. Aborigines who have lived for generations in the affected area seem [...]
DW, Environment – After massive water shortages, Australia has set out a plan to save its most important river system. Aborigines who have lived for generations in the affected area seem to have been forgotten in the consultation process. “If you look at my birth certificate it’s says birthplace: ‘Riverbank Maroopna,’” Wayne Atkinson explains. The 70 [...]
DW, Pulse – Legendary German DJ Ben Klock has carved out a name for himself on the international techno scene. Starting out as a graphic designer who was into bands and piano, he tells his story of how he ended up playing his own brand of electronic music at the best clubs around world.
DW, Globalisation – A new Australian Territory law is set to force problem drinkers into mandatory rehabilitation. The move, however, is being criticized for targeting indigenous Australians and for not tackling alcohol abuse issues properly. Alice Springs is a town of 25,000 inhabitants, situated in the south of Australia’s Northern Territory. It is surrounded by [...]
DW, World in Progress – Indigenous Australians have been living on the continent for at least 50,000 years. Yet with the arrival of European settlers, the orginal inhabitants were killed, excluded and discriminated against. Today, they are still the most marginalised in Australian society. Now new laws to combat public drinking in the Northern Territory, [...]
DW, Living Planet. This week marks the 21st anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war and the siege of Sarajevo. It was the longest siege of a capital city in modern history. During the fighting, the city was almost completely destroyed. But DW met some young volunteers who started an organisation called MOBA, which [...]
DW, Spectrum. There’s a growing movement of musicians and engineers building their own DIY synths. You may not see so many electronics shops selling circuit boards and components on the high street anymore, but you can get all the gear over the Net. So, I bought a DIY kit on Ebay, as well as speaking [...]
DW, World in Progress – 20 March 2013. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was established in 1993 to address war crimes committed during the Balkans conflicts, in which thousands of civilians were killed, raped and tortured in the early 1990s. While the ICTY has since charged many of those responsible for [...]
DW, Pulse – 12 March 2013. Mixing Sinti stories and sounds with American jazz motifs, Dotschy Reinhardt’s music has won her plenty of press attention. She tells Pulse what it’s like to grow up as part of an ethnic minority in southern Germany.
DW, Pulse – 26 February 2013. Australian-born Josh Teicher’s musical journey has taken him around the world from Melbourne to Iceland to Berlin, where he is currently based. Teicher’s one man band Mez Medallion has been making waves on the indie/synth-pop scene. He told me about his new album “Move Towards the Light” and the [...]
DW, Pulse – 21 February 2013. Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, was torn apart by war. Twenty years later, Ervina Muftic, a young architecture student is bringing color back to Dobrinja, one of the most bombarded parts of the city, through murals painted with the help of local schoolchildren.
DW, Culture – 12 February 2013 Cultural tradition, fashion trend, therapy or drunken mistake – tattoos symbolize a breadth of different meanings. In Germany, people of all ages, professions and backgrounds are taking the plunge and getting inked. In Western society, tattoos have never been more popular. In fact, social researchers say that Generation Y [...]
DW, Pulse – 12 February 2013. Social researchers say that Generation Y – the group of people born from the mid 1980s to the 2000s – are the first generation in which tattoos have become mainstream. In fact, one US survey found that 40% of people in this age bracket have a tattoo. In Germany, [...]
DW, Pulse – 5 February 2013. Young British tourist Juliet Walker could not have anticipated how life would turn out when she traveled to Bosnia three years ago. Not only did she master a new language, but she also learned the ancient art of coppersmithy. Today a laundromat and café double as her workshop in [...]
DW, WorldLink. Jakob Finci wants to become mayor of Bosnia’s predominantly Muslim capital, Sarajevo. The fact that he’s a Jew doesn’t seem to matter.
DW, Living Planet – 3 January 2013. This week we look at food production and the impact it has on the earth. We go from a farmer’s market in Bonn, to preparing meat for traditional Muslim holidays, to struggling farmers in Fukushima. And, we look at how Brazilian restaurants are composting the extras that they [...]
DW, Inside Europe - 16 December 2012. Around 12 million Roma and Sinti people live in poverty often on the outskirts of European cities, eking out an existence any way they can. But music has served to strengthen Romani culture, identity and belonging. The author Carol Silverman once said, Romani people “are revered as musicians [...]
DW, World In Progress - 28 November 2012. TEXT Developing nations demand more progress in Doha African negotiators attending the United Nations climate change talks in Doha, Qatar say they are determined to ensure that developed countries do not let the Kyoto Protocol die as its commitment period comes to an end. The protocol’s first commitment [...]
DW, World In Progress – 21 November 2012. DW’s women’s special hosted by Pavel Sraj. The United Nations, governments and NGOs around the world commence the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to raise awareness of the many forms of violence against women and girls. Pavel Sraj spoke to Karin Nordmeyer, president [...]
DW, Sci-Tech – 7 November 2012. Millions of Americans voted in the presidential elections using the simple paper ballot. Twenty-five percent embraced e-voting – but some computer experts say the machines are open to hacks. Of the many software malfunctions and breakdowns of voting machines during Tuesday’s ballot, the most famous example is a video [...]
DW, Inside Europe – 4 November 2012. Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel unveiled a new memorial, dedicated to Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust. It comes after years of campaigning for public recognition of their suffering at the hands of the Nazis. With persecution of the Roma minority on the rise, the unveiling [...]
DW – October 17 2012. Across Europe, billions of migratory birds are now setting off on their long journey south to Africa. Their numbers are dropping though, as they face threats to their habitat both at home and en route. The Ljubljana marsh is a grassland reserve on a large floodplain in central Slovenia. It’s [...]
DW, Living Planet - 11 October 2012 It’s getting chilly here in Europe, as the summer fades into memory and autumn winds shake the leaves from the trees. Five billion birds are in transit across the continuent – and they are suffering from population decline. Fewer birds return each year as their breeding grounds are destroyed by [...]
DW, Living Planet – 27 September 2012 Farmers and activists from across the European Union gathered in the Belgian capital earlier this month to demand a food policy that treats small farmers and the environment with more care. We followed one passionate landlover who travelled all the way from Transylvania. TEXT Transylvania, Romania. The home [...]