Archive for October, 2009

31
Oct
09

It was four years ago today…

happy birthday….that WHYS first went on air.

Excuse the self-indulgence but it would be remiss of me not to mention this landmark.

To the right, that original team (pictured in DC after our first week on the road) of Kevin, David, Rabsy, Fiona, Peter and Ros (Anu had already gone home).

Still the best day’s work i’ve ever done getting that lot together. Continue reading ‘It was four years ago today…’

30
Oct
09

Are the French patriotic enough ?

sarkoPresident Nickolas Sarkozy thinks they can do better (writes Golda on Newshour) and has called for a nationwide debate on French identity.

Over the next few months the government wants to hear people’s views on what it means to be French in the 21st century.

Continue reading ‘Are the French patriotic enough ?’

30
Oct
09

Newshour’s on Facebook…

facebook_logo170_170x49It’s been up and running for just a week, but we’re really excited with the response so far, well over 500 members and growing fast. (wites Dan Isaacs, on the bike). Continue reading ‘Newshour’s on Facebook…’

30
Oct
09

On air: Do you want Tony Blair back in a major political role?

blairOne of the quirks of WHYS is that your interest in a story, and particular elements of it, is often out of synch with the mainstream media and politicians.

And today is a case in point. Continue reading ‘On air: Do you want Tony Blair back in a major political role?’

30
Oct
09

Do we need an artificial sense of danger?

climbingThe possibility of death and a sense of danger is what makes the Duke of Edinburgh award so appealing to young people. This is what Prince Edward said to an Australian newspaper as he was promoting the scheme. Continue reading ‘Do we need an artificial sense of danger?’

29
Oct
09

On air: Is gender equality an impossible dream?

womanElina in Finland emailed me this morning suggesting that we discuss the latest World Economic Forum report on gender equality. She writes: ‘I live in one of the most successful countries in the survey, but I think this might capture people’s minds also in other parts of the world’. You’re not wrong Elina, the story’s being carried on news sites and blogs in most countries.

(If you’re wondering about this picture, it’s of a gender equality campaigner in Afghanistan – more here.)
Continue reading ‘On air: Is gender equality an impossible dream?’

29
Oct
09

The right thing to do?

obama2This story got a huge reaction from listeners to the BBC’s Newshour. President Obama flew to Delaware to pay his respects to 18 Americans killed in Afghanistan. This month has been the dealiest in Afghanistan since US forces began operations in 2001. It’s the first time he’s done this, and President Bush visited the families of dead troops but never received the bodies at the base. Was he right to do this? Or does he risk being accused of making political gain, and of undermining national support for the operation?