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Swiss Up! - The Life and Times of Absinthe

Swiss Up! - The Life and Times of Absinthe

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Did you know that absinthe gets called the green fairy? Did you know it's one of the strongest alcoholic beverages on earth? Did you know that it was created in Switzerland and banned all over ...

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Swiss Up! - Lenin: father of the Russian Revolution

Swiss Up! - Lenin: father of the Russian Revolution

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On this episode of Swiss Up! Dario talks about Lenin, the Russian exile living in Switzerland. Find out about Lenin's political ideas, what he got up to during his time in Switzerland and how h...

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Swiss Up! - Strikes... does Switzerland have them?

Swiss Up! - Strikes... does Switzerland have them?

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In this episode of Swiss Up! Dario discusses why strikes are far less common in Switzerland compared to elsewhere - what makes Swiss strikes so unique?

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Swiss Up! - Assisted Suicide

Swiss Up! - Assisted Suicide

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Today Dario discusses legally assisted suicide in Switzerland and how it's different to taking one's own life. How much does it cost, what does it exist for, and what is Switzerland doing t...

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UN Roundup - Reflections on Kofi Annan and the plight of the Rohingya children

UN Roundup - Reflections on Kofi Annan and the plight of the Rohingya children

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On this week's UN roundup, Daniel looks at the legacy of Kofi Annan. A new report by Unicef on the Rohingya children and a talk next week on how international humanitarian law is struggling to ...

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Swiss Up! Czech refugees in Switzerland in 1968

Swiss Up! Czech refugees in Switzerland in 1968

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50 years ago this week Soviet troops invaded Prague in Czechoslovakia to end a reformist movement. On today's Swiss Up, Dario looks at how the Swiss protested the invasion and then welcomed tho...

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Swiss Up! Are Swiss trains the best?

Swiss Up! Are Swiss trains the best?

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Today Dario looks at the Swiss train network. is it really the best in Europe, or even the world? And how much do we have to pay for such a great network? Also, he has a great tip about how to get ...

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Swiss Up! How did the Red Cross start?

Swiss Up! How did the Red Cross start?

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In today's edition, Dario looks at the birth of the Red Cross. The organisation was set up by Geneva businessman Henry Dunant after he witnessed the horrific carnage at the battle of Solferino ...

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Swiss Up! - 100 Years since Switzerland's greatest strike

Swiss Up! - 100 Years since Switzerland's greatest strike

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In November 1918 over 250 000 worker in Switzerland lay down their tools for what was to become the biggest strike in Swiss History. Why did it only last for 3 days and why can we be thankful that ...

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Swiss Up! - The Jet D'eau in Geneva

Swiss Up! - The Jet D'eau in Geneva

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  The Jet D'eau in Geneva is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Switzerland. Figure out all about it's industrial background and why it will never be the tallest fountain in ...

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Swiss Up! - Swiss schools abroad

Swiss Up! - Swiss schools abroad

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There are 18 Swiss schools outside of Switzerland. Most of them are in Italy and Latin America but this year a school in Beijing is opening too. Why have these schools appeared and what are the ad...

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Swiss Up! - Terrorism in the 1970s in Switzerland

Swiss Up! - Terrorism in the 1970s in Switzerland

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In 1970 Switzerland was hit by a series of terrorist attacks. One plane exploded, another one attacked and a third one hijacked and taken to the Jordanian desert. What happened and exactly what sec...

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Swiss Up! - Zurich Street Parade

Swiss Up! - Zurich Street Parade

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Every year on the second Saturday of August the biggest Techno Party in Europe happens on the streets of Zurich. The Street Parade regularly attracts over a million ravers. How did it all start ...

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Swiss Up! - Why did it take Switzerland so long to become a UN member?

Swiss Up! - Why did it take Switzerland so long to become a UN member?

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Switzerland was one of the very last countries to join the UN yet it is the host of the UN's second largest seat. How is that so? Figure it out in today's episode of Swiss Up! with Dario

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Swiss Up! - Alternative currencies in Switzerland

Swiss Up! - Alternative currencies in Switzerland

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How does this independent complementary currency, created in 1934, help local businesses? Figure it all out in today's episode of Swiss Up! with Dario

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Swiss Up! - Roger Federer

Swiss Up! - Roger Federer

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It's Roger Federer's birthday! King Roger is not only a Legend in Tennis. He is also very valuable as a brand ambassador for Switzerland. Figure it all out in today's Episode of Swis...

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Swiss Up! Why we pay more for 'Swiss Made'

Swiss Up! Why we pay more for 'Swiss Made'

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Studies have shown that people around the world are willing to pay up to 50% more if a product is Swiss made. Why is that so? How much Switzerland is in your Swiss watch and what do refugees hav...

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Swiss Up! The correlation between the Nobel prize & chocolate

Swiss Up! The correlation between the Nobel prize & chocolate

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When was the most recent Nobel prize awarded to a Swiss person and what for? Figure it all out in today's episode of Swiss Up! with Dario

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Swiss Up! The secret army controversy of P26

Swiss Up! The secret army controversy of P26

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In the early nineties a scandal erupted over the formation of a secret army unit called P26. Earlier this year, there were further revelations that the unit had been trained by the British secret s...

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Swiss Up! - Who is the one and only Swiss astronaut?

Swiss Up! - Who is the one and only Swiss astronaut?

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So far there has been only one Swiss citizen up in Space. Who is it? How did they make it on the ISS? And can we expect more Swiss astronauts soon? Figure it all out in today's episode of Swiss Up...

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Swiss Up! - Swiss National Day (1 Aug)

Swiss Up! - Swiss National Day (1 Aug)

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What exactly are is celebrated on the 1st of August? Why do many localities light massive fires for the occasion? And might we soon celebrate on the 12th of September too? Figure it all out in tod...

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Swiss Up! - Verdingkinder; child labour in Switzerland

Swiss Up! - Verdingkinder; child labour in Switzerland

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Discover Switzerland's dark history of child labourers and the efforts that are being undertaken to repair the harm that was done - in today's episode of Swiss Up! with Dario.

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Swiss Up!  - The Swiss surveillance state

Swiss Up! - The Swiss surveillance state

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In 1989 it was uncovered that the Swiss citizens were living under a secret surveillance apparatus that no one knew about! How many people were observed? And for what reasons? Figure it all out ...

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Swiss Up! - Charlie Chaplin

Swiss Up! - Charlie Chaplin

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Charlie Chaplin spent the last 25 years of his life on the Swiss Riviera close to Vevey. What brought him to Switzerland? Why did he stay? And what does a certain Mr Meyer have to do with it? ...

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