• Let the Games Begin: Paris 2024 and Human Rights

    7 GIU 2024 · In this episode, Vincent and  Pedro José Mercado Jaén dive into the Human Rights Violations of the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics. We talk about athlete’s rights, civil rights, and the way how nature and indigenous people are either neglected by the nature of the Olympic Games. What stands out from this episode, that it’s not only authoritarian regimes that oppress minorities and disregard human rights… Meet the guest  https://www.eui.eu/people?id=pedro-mercado-jaen is a PhD-researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, at the Law Department. There, he mainly looks at athletes rights and access to remedy. One central question in his research is how we can give justice to people that have been affected by mega sports events and the organising sports federations.  Pedro is an avid runner himself, so you can actually also follow him on Strava too! Before he moved to Florence, he studied law in Granada and he did the Erasmus Mundus Masters In Sports Ethics and Integrity. He has also worked for the Centre for Sports and Human Rights in Geneva.  Recommendation of the week  Pedro firstly recommends people to inform themselves about the topic - and also he urges you to then share the information. If more people realise that the Olympics are not ‘just a beautiful event’, the more eyes will be opened.   A good source of information to inform yourself, is the book ‘https://bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/what-are-the-olympics-for’, by Jules Boykoff - whose https://julesboykoff.org/olympics/ is an absolute academic delight. The book touches upon a lot of issues that Pedro and I discussed during the pod. --- In each episode of Radio Vinternational, host Vincent Hoffmans dives into one fascinating and hopefully informative international topic with a passionate expert. The mission is to showcase original and interesting perspectives on actual and historic international affairs, and to have fun!
    1 h 9 min. 22 sec.
  • A Voting Advice Application for all Europeans

    25 MAG 2024 · From the 6th till the 9th of June, citizens across Europe cast their vote to elect the Parliament of the European Union. Millions of those voters will use a so-called Voting Advice Application (VAA) to help them in their voting decision - to see which party matches their political preferences, or to see what parties actually promise. But, what distinguishes a good VAA? And how can you best use it?  In this episode, Vincent talks to two guests that have developed the EU&I Voting Application, which is a Pan-European VAA developed by the European University Institute. Meet the guestsFor the first time in Radio Vinternational, I interviewed two guests!  The first is https://www.eui.eu/people?id=andres-reiljan. He is a political scientist and currently has a position at the European University Institute as a Max Weber Fellow. He is the Project co-leader of the EU&I voting application.  My other guest is https://www.eui.eu/people?id=angeliki-xafi. She is a communication strategist, and is currently a trainee at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. She is the Communications assistant of the project, and has done her master at the International Hellenistic University.  Recommendation of the week  Obviously, the most important recommendation of the guests was: use the EU&I application! However, both did emphasise something else - which was a bit contradicting…   - Andres urges all of you to not just focus on the ‘final result’ of the EU&I, but  to really dive into the answers that parties give. If you take some time, you can cross-validate what different European parties want. If you like to play around with election data and visualisations, you’ll have a great time!  - Angeliki stresses the exact opposite: there are numerous ways you can be updated on elections and political preferences, simply by following the right social media pages. These can be a great source of information, especially if your time is limited. The EU&I, for example, regularly post snippets on the election and the party preferences on their social media accounts.  --- In each episode of Radio Vinternational, host Vincent Hoffmans dives into one fascinating and hopefully informative international topic with a passionate expert. The mission is to showcase original and interesting perspectives on actual and historic international affairs, and to have fun!
    58 min. 57 sec.
  • India's 2024 Elections & Western media coverage with Harpreet Dhody

    25 MAG 2024 · In this episode, Vincent speaks to Harpreet Dhody, a communication expert with a background in politics, entrepreneurship and education. Dhody is currently at the European University Institute as a Policy Leader Fellow, where he aims to create a blueprint and advocacy paper to build a digital media observatory in India. They speak about the Indian elections of 2024, the nation’s media dynamics and about how Western media struggle to keep up with the New India and prime minister Narendra Modi. Meet the guest  My guest this week is https://www.eui.eu/people?id=harpreet-dhody. He is a communication expert with a diverse background in politics, entrepreneurship and education - and he advised the government of Chhattisgarh on effective communication, regarding public welfare schemes and public policy issues. He has an MBA from Oxford, and is currently at the European University Institute as a Policy Leader Fellow, where he aims to create a blueprint and advocacy paper to build a digital media observatory in India. He will be in Florence until July, after that you can keep up with him through his https://www.linkedin.com/in/harpreetdhody/ profile.  Recommendation of the week  Harpreet Dhody has one crystal clear recommendation: travel, speak, read, translate in such a way that you get to know the real India, with all its diverse regions and languages. Really dive into the vernacular languages and have a deep, intense understanding of India. I can’t expect people to learn Hindu before these elections are done, but I’ve taken a look at some Youtube-channels and translated some of the comments in Hindu - and it was one of the better rabbit holes I’ve gotten myself into, recently! As a more ‘clear’ recommendation, mr. Dhody recommends one Youtube channel, and two books.  - The Youtube Channel is the https://www.youtube.com/@ANIPodcastwithSmitaPrakash. Here, she hosts different people, from all layers and societies in India - this is largely in English Indian so it’s a great way to learn more about the country.  - And if you want to study the old, Oxford-educated India (not my words!) - even though it is a very nuanced version of it - he recommends two books - both written by Rajdeep Sardesai: https://www.amazon.in/Election-That-Changed-India-2014/dp/0670087904 (2014) & https://www.amazon.com/2019-How-Modi-Won-India/dp/9353573920 (2019)  --- In each episode of Radio Vinternational, host Vincent Hoffmans dives into one fascinating and hopefully informative international topic with a passionate expert. The mission is to showcase original and interesting perspectives on actual and historic international affairs, and to have fun!
    1 h 10 sec.
  • Legality and Morality with Jacob Kohnstamm - A glance at Dutch art restition

    25 MAG 2024 · In this episode, Vincent interviews Jacob Kohnstamm - a former parliamentarian, senator and State Secretary of the Netherlands, about his role in the Dutch art restitution policy, relating to Nazi looted art.  Early in his career, he switched from being a lawyer to being a civil servant because the limitation of the former was that he could only help one person at a time - whereas politics allowed him to change the system. A central theme in his career is the constant assessment of the relationship between the state and the individual citizen, and about the trust that people can have in each other, and in the laws and organisations that influence their lives.  About the exceptional character of art restitution, Jacob Kohnstamm still is crystal clear: “It is not a civil legal case (...) there is a moral basis underneath restitution policy”. Recommendation of the week Jacob Kohnstamm recommends a story about the iconic artwork of Gustav Klimt, that gives a good impression of the impact and gravity of the historical looting of art. Good news, you can choose whether you prefer a book or a movie to learn all about this Austrian example of art restitution….  - https://www.annemarieoconnor.com/, written by Anne-Marie O'Connor  - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404425/ - directed by Simon Curtis   We end the episode with a classic music piece: https://www.muziekweb.nl/Link/U00000666426/CLASSICAL/Aubade from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marius_Flothuis, a Dutch composer, musicologist and music critic. It is played by flautist https://www.eleonorepameijer.com/, who is the founder of the https://leosmitfoundation.org/en/home. The foundation gives composers, who were silenced during the War because of their Jewish descent, their rightful place in music history.  --- In each episode of Radio Vinternational, host Vincent Hoffmans dives into one fascinating and hopefully informative international topic with a passionate expert. The mission is to showcase original and interesting perspectives on actual and historic international affairs, and to have fun!
    56 min. 30 sec.
  • Tunisia's Exceptionalism with Ben Bracciano

    25 MAG 2024 · This episode of Radio Vinternational is about one country in particular: Tunisia! Specifically, Vincent talks to Ben Bracciano about Tunisia's so-called 'exceptionalism' - a term used by academics to describe Tunisia's remarkable political, social and economic status in the Arab world. We discuss how these factors influenced the democratisation process following the Arab Spring, and how Tunisian civil society played a crucial role in this process - culminating in the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. And Ben looks at whether this positive image is still relevant and accurate - given the country's current economic struggles and the constitutional coup by the current president.  My guest, https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjamin-nicola-bracciano-10218a1a3/, is currently finishing his Masters degree at the Florence School of Transnational Governance, and has a long personal history with Tunisia. He lived there from 2003 until 2014, with his Italian father and English mother. In his own words, he ‘never shuts up about Tunisia’, and he wrote his thesis about the factors that influenced the democratisation process in the country. Beyond his passion for Tunisia, he is broadly interested in international politics. Previously, he has done an internship at the World Bank, and has studied international politics in Bath.  Recommendations of the week  During our conversation, Ben mentioned numerous interesting sources for people that want to learn more about Tunisia or the Arab world in general. One example is the https://www.arabbarometer.org/about/, which is a research network that provides insight into the social, political, and economic values and attitudes of citizens in the Arab world. Another example is the https://freedomhouse.org/, which tracks democracy-indicators across the globe. Both these sources enable you to play around with data for varying countries!  If you want to get a glimpse of ‘the daily life’ in Tunisia, the Al Jazeera Documentary ‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxIJPlTls4U&t=16s’ is really impressive as well. If you want to know more about the Arab Spring in general, Ben recommends ‘https://academic.oup.com/book/27599’ by Jason Brownlee as a good explainer. If you want to get a feel for the chaos and abrupt revolution, the BBC has made a truly remarkable mini-documentary about the leaked tapes of former Tunisian president Ben Ali’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaST3lc0CXw. You can truly hear when the man realises that he will never return to his own country. And, last but not least: if you ever visit Tunisia, Ben recommends visiting his former home town Sidi Bou Said. With the looks of Santorini and the vibes of Tunisia, it’s an ideal place to visit as a tourist! And if you do, make sure that you listen to the Tunisian funk song https://open.spotify.com/track/6tSmqzaXZUOooPfGg3Ibhd?si=044fc49b93374451!  --- In each episode of Radio Vinternational, host Vincent Hoffmans dives into one fascinating and hopefully informative international topic with a passionate expert. The mission is to showcase original and interesting perspectives on actual and historic international affairs, and to have fun!
    1 h 6 min. 27 sec.
  • History, Sex, Gender and Activism with Mónica Morado Vázquez

    25 MAG 2024 · n sixteenth-century Spain, Elena/o de Céspedes exerted so much heat during childbirth that she grew a penis and became a man. Two hundred years later, a decorated French war hero who previously had been the official ambassador to the Russian court, turned into a woman when (s)he lived in London. These remarkable stories, which were long hidden in the archives, show the longevity of gender-discussions. In this episode of Radio Vinternational, historian Mónica Morado Vázquez elaborates on the historical and societal dimensions of sex, gender, and identity. She elaborates on how the scientific development of medicine influenced the binary division between male and female, and why some societies were much more accepting of gender-ambiguous people than others. Recommendation of the week  Mónica’s passion for gender studies started by reading work from https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Fausto-Sterling - and it really kick-started her academic endeavours in the field. However, her ‘official’ recommendation of the week is the movie ‘https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5639354/, directed by Sebastián Lelio’. It is a Chilean movie that won the 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The success was used as a point of discussion for Chilean LBGTQ activists in passing a gender identity bill! As a last tip, she also mentions the (very accessible) Netflix-show ‘https://www.imdb.com/title/tt18299058/. --- In each episode of Radio Vinternational, host Vincent Hoffmans dives into one fascinating and hopefully informative international topic with a passionate expert. The mission is to showcase original and interesting perspectives on actual and historic international affairs, and to have fun!
    1 h 2 min. 28 sec.
  • History of Tourism Politics with Anna Breidenbach

    25 MAG 2024 · While the trenches of the First World War were still filled with soldiers, French government officials were already dreaming of a different kind of guest: wealthy American tourists. It was a first sign that tourism would become a dominant political and economic issue in the 20th century. But when did tourism become a major priority of nation states? And who were the driving forces in its emergence? The guest of this episode is historian Anna Breidenbach, who studies the politics of tourism from 1909 till 1938. This era is marked by war, pandemics, rising passport controls, refugees, forced migration and extreme inflation - but it is also a period in which tourism starts to institutionalise and thrive. Vincent and Anna discuss the birth of international tourism organisations, the lobby from hoteliers in London, and the nomadic travel spirit that might be within all of us! Recommendation of the week  Anna recommends the book https://iljapfeijffer.com/werk/proza/grand-hotel-europa/ written by the Dutch writer Ilja Leonard Pfeiffer. She actually has not read it yet herself! However, as the book was a staggering success in the Netherlands, it so happened that I read it a while ago - and I absolutely loved it. It is available in almost any European language.  --- In each episode of Radio Vinternational, host Vincent Hoffmans dives into one fascinating and hopefully informative international topic with a passionate expert. The mission is to showcase original and interesting perspectives on actual and historic international affairs, and to have fun!
    53 min. 3 sec.
  • The art of Sportswashing: From Berlin 1936 to Qatar 2022 with Miguel Blanco Cocho

    25 MAG 2024 · To many, the 1936 Nazi Olympics are the 'mother of sports washing events'. When Hitler came to power in 1933, the Nazi regime was initially uninterested in the costly organisation of the Olympics. However, the 1936 Games would forever be remembered as the biggest and most successful Nazi propaganda operation. What was the key to Germany's success? And why did the world let it happen? In this episode, Vincent talks to Michel Blanco Cocho about the historic 1936 Olympics and the politics of sport today. Miguel draws parallels between various World Cups and the Olympics, and suggests possible solutions and policies to increase the viability and accountability of sports tournaments. If you want to know more about the politics of sports, Miguel recommends three documentaries:  - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt22872838/, by Daniel Gordon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0RMQKLFIwY - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6333060/, by Brian Fogel  ------ In each episode of Radio Vinternational, host Vincent Hoffmans dives into one fascinating and hopefully informative international topic with a passionate expert. The mission is to showcase original and interesting perspectives on actual and historic international affairs, and to have fun!
    59 min. 48 sec.
  • Fairness in AI with Jose Alvarez

    25 MAG 2024 · Why and how did Amazon's hiring algorithm turn out to be discriminatory? And can you sue an algorithm if your sexiness score on Tinder is too low? But, more importantly: if society is unhappy with the results of Automated Decision Making (ADM)-decisions, should we change the algorithm or ourselves?In this episode, Vincent speaks with data scientist researcher Jose Alvarez about fairness in AI, and more specifically in Automated Decision Making (ADM) models. They talk about the philosophical meaning of fairness and the commercial push behind the boom of large language models. Jose did not bring one recommendation, but came up with a whole list for those that want to dive into this topic!  - Movie: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11394170/ (Shalini Kantayya), - Movie: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1798709/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_5_tt_4_nm_4_q_Her%2520 (Spike Jonze)  - Book: Invisible Women, by Caroline Criado Perez  - Book: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, by Shoshana Zuboff  - How to do Nothing, by Jenny Odell --- In each episode of Radio Vinternational, host Vincent Hoffmans dives into one fascinatin and hopefully informative international topic with a passionate expert. The mission is to showcase original and interesting perspectives on actual and historic international affairs, and to have fun!
    1 h 8 min. 32 sec.
  • New vs Old with Marek Maj

    25 MAG 2024 · Historian Marek Maj and Vincent analyse three recent European films, that all tell a story of migration in Europe. From his passion for cinematography, Marek enlightens the audience on sound design, music, dialogue, scenery and character building - and also draws the question whether films are the best medium to tell stories of newcomers, resentment and relocation.The films discussed are 'As Bestas', 'The Other Side of Hope' and 'Western'. Marek’s Recommendation of this episode is the movie ‘https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6752992/’ (Happy as Lazaro) from director Alice Rohrwacher. If this one is as good as the films we watched before this episode.... Go see it!  The other films that Marek (positively) mentions, are: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1508675/ (Aki Kaurismäki), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt27722543/ (Agnieszka Holland), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt21027780/ (Aki Kaurismäki), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14225838/ (Matteo Garrone), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4048272/ (Maren Ade) & https://www.imdb.com/title/tt19883634/ (Ken Loach).  ---------------  Do you know what Panda-Diplomacy is? Have you ever heard of the greatest female diplomat of the 18th century? Or do you know why it’s safe to say that Globalisation is officially over?In each episode of Radio Vinternational, host Vincent Hoffmans dives into one fascinatin and hopefully informative international topic with a passionate expert. The mission is to showcase original and interesting perspectives on actual and historic international affairs, and to have fun!
    58 min. 31 sec.

Everything we eat, think, wear, experience and even dream is influenced by global factors, but our news sources are often limited to our own (national) bubble. I am Vincent Hoffmans,...

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Everything we eat, think, wear, experience and even dream is influenced by global factors, but our news sources are often limited to our own (national) bubble.

I am Vincent Hoffmans, and it puzzles me that ‘the international’ receives so little attention in our lives. That’s why I started Radio Vinternational!

In each episode I interview experts and I try to learn something new about the world from them. The topics range from international art restitution to India's elections, and from fairness in AI to sports politics - as long as it's international, I'm up for it. 
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