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Swiss Up! - When Libya wanted to dissolve Switzerland

Swiss Up! - When Libya wanted to dissolve Switzerland

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In 2008 the son of former Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, got arrested in Geneva. This triggered Gaddafi's rage and a serious diplomatic crisis with sanctions and hostages. How did Switzerland w...

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Swiss Up! -  The Pizza Connection Mafia Trial

Swiss Up! - The Pizza Connection Mafia Trial

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Money has long been laundered through Swiss banks under the cover of the Swiss banking secret. One spectacular case was uncovered in the early 80s and involved the Italian Mafia, a Turkish arms dea...

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Swiss Up! Poya art & the Swiss Art of papercutting

Swiss Up! Poya art & the Swiss Art of papercutting

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In the 17th century the art of paper cutting arrived in central Europe after a 400 year voyage from China over Persia and the Balkans. In Switzerland it got married to a very particular artform... ...

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Swiss Up! - The mysteries of Mystery Park, Interlaken

Swiss Up! - The mysteries of Mystery Park, Interlaken

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Mystery Park is a Swiss amusement park in Interlaken looking into some of the unexplained mysteries in the world. When crop circles started to showed up on a field close by, the park itself became ...

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Swiss Up! - Preventing World War 3 in Cuba

Swiss Up! - Preventing World War 3 in Cuba

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During the Cold War Switzerland's embassies represented US interests in Cuba and vise versa. Switzerland played an important role in maintaining world peace at the time. But how exactly did it help...

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Swiss Up! - John Calvin in Geneva

Swiss Up! - John Calvin in Geneva

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John Calvin is a key figure of the protestant church and one of the most important people to shape Geneva's destiny. He not only brought his believes to the city he made it the actual protestant Ro...

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Festival De La Cité Lausanne

Festival De La Cité Lausanne

Mid Morning Mix

Festival de la Cité Lausanne is happening this week! We find out what kind of things you can expect to see there and what not to miss when you go...

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Swiss Up! - WWII bombings in Schaffhausen

Swiss Up! - WWII bombings in Schaffhausen

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During World War II Switzerland was a neutral country. This protected it from most harm but not all of it: Many times it fell victim to bombings by the allied forces, most famously in Sch...

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Health Matters: School's Out for Summer (2 July 2018)

Health Matters: School's Out for Summer (2 July 2018)

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Dr Michelle Wright has some advice if you plan to travel this summer. www.safetravel.ch

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Dig It! Books and Gardens (9 July 2018)

Dig It! Books and Gardens (9 July 2018)

Dig It!

The earliest examples of garden writings are from China, such as the 373 AD work "The Preface to the Orchid Pavillion" by Wang Xizhi, and the importance of Chinese gardens globally waxed and waned ...

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Swiss Up! - Canton Uri - Birthplace of Switzerland

Swiss Up! - Canton Uri - Birthplace of Switzerland

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Uri is a canton at the heart of Switzerland. Geographically as the link between the north of the alps and the south and historically as one of the first cantons of the early Swiss confederation. Bu...

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Swiss Up! - Carla del Ponte, the fearless prosecutor

Swiss Up! - Carla del Ponte, the fearless prosecutor

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Carla del Ponte is one of the most famous Swiss people - if you are a war criminal. In her career as a prosecutor in Switzerland and internationally she fearlessly took on the powerful; the Ital...

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Swiss Up! - A nation of renters not buyers

Swiss Up! - A nation of renters not buyers

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Less then half of people in Switzerland own their home. Most people are renters. There is no other European country with such a low rate of home owners. Why is this so? And why do most people...

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A positive outlook for Ethiopia - Geneva conference

A positive outlook for Ethiopia - Geneva conference

The Breakfast Show

Ethiopia is going through a major change with a new government and a restoration of civil liberties and the reestablishment of a free press. Also, tens of thousands of political prisoners have been...

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Swiss Up! Bertrand Piccard; a real Swiss hero

Swiss Up! Bertrand Piccard; a real Swiss hero

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Bertrand Piccard is a Swiss adventurer and pilot. He fights for a sustainable future and flies very particular aircrafts around the world. He also has something to do with Startrek's Captain Picard...

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Swiss Up! - The yodelling Swiss Amish

Swiss Up! - The yodelling Swiss Amish

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The Amish are a very particular religious community in the United States. They refuse the use modern technology and dress very traditionally. Interestingly a large minority of them have Swiss origi...

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Swiss Up! - Recycling your plastic

Swiss Up! - Recycling your plastic

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Switzerland has a reputation for being a clean country and many might even hold the believe that it is good at recycling. But this it actually not the case... So where do all your plastic wrappers ...

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Tom Elliott, Investment Strategist for DeVere on why NI border will happen

Tom Elliott, Investment Strategist for DeVere on why NI border will happen

The Breakfast Show

As the Brexit negotiations stumble on – the enigma of how to deal with the Northern Irish border is still nowhere near settled. Those who say Brexit is a good idea say the problem simply lack...

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Health Matters: School's Out! (2 July 2018)

Health Matters: School's Out! (2 July 2018)

Health matters

Schools out for Summer and Dr Michelle explains her tips to prepare for a healthy vacation, wherever you may be travelling. Visit www.safetravel.ch for more information.

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What's on at the UN? Child soldiers in the Kamuina Nsapu militia

What's on at the UN? Child soldiers in the Kamuina Nsapu militia

UN Roundup

Image: UN peacekeepers patrolling Tshimbulu, Kasaï-Central on 20 February 2017 to promote dialogue in the region. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KamwinaNsapurebellion]

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Swiss Up! - The William Tell that never was

Swiss Up! - The William Tell that never was

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Without a doubt the most famous hero in Swiss history is William Tell. Learn all about the famed story and how much of it is grounded in history. (Spoiler alert; not much!) None the less, t...

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Swiss Up! - Swiss food (not cheese)

Swiss Up! - Swiss food (not cheese)

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Join us in this edition of Swiss Up! for a food tasting session. We are looking at three typical Swiss products and uncover their stories and secrets! Katt loved one of them and hated another one....

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Swiss Up! - Jura; Switzerland's youngest canton

Swiss Up! - Jura; Switzerland's youngest canton

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The canton of Jura is the youngest canton of the Swiss federation. It joined the nation in 1979... but where was it before? Why was there and independence movement in Jura and how come a bomb went ...

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Swiss Up! - Military service

Swiss Up! - Military service

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Switzerland still has general conscription. In principle all young men have to do military service. How long does it take, what are the alternatives and are dual citizens also drafted?  ...

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