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Maastricht Diplomat

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The Maastricht Diplomat Podcast a student-led podcast that leverages the strength of the Maastricht Diplomat’s diverse body of journalists. This allows the podcast to create many interesting and eclectic episodes. In its second year of life the podcast team is learning the trade of creating content and building conversations, allowing us to expand our presence in the city of Maastricht. Our motley crew will do its best to bring you new stories, both local and international in scope. We hope that you’re as keen on joining us on our journey as we are to share it with you. Hoi hoi!
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The Fifth Republic Explained: The 2022 French Elections

Maastricht DiplomatMay 19, 2022

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Understanding Europe: On Memory and Identity
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The Utopia of “Call Me By Your Name”
Apr 28, 202358:13
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Crooktocracy: 1MDB - Malaysia
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“Close” (2022) and the Global Politics of Children

“Close” (2022) and the Global Politics of Children

Starting from Canne's Grand Prix winner and Oscar-nominated “Close” (2022, Lukas Dhont), Hadrian and Leen will explore the general themes emerging from Dhont's sophomore feature, tying into the general themes of today's social climate. This film stole viewers’ hearts because it centers on children, children facing problems all too mature for them. Sadly, this reflects our current reality today, one where politicians are using these young minds as scapegoats for their anti-LGBTQ legislation all over the world. This new form of discrimination, along with recent developments in politics, and how the film ties into all of this, will be the center of this episode's discussion.

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Mar 31, 202331:54
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Charging Towards a Brighter Future

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New Projections for the global battery electric vehicle market go from 47 billion US Dollar in 2020  to 212 billion in 2030. The demand for these batteries will remain high. But the challenging aspect of the waste is not yet properly mentioned in a lot of discussions. Partly because the literature is very thin and there is not much data yet. Still this issue will become increasingly challenging especially in emerging nations which have a lot of this waste to manage. Matt and his Team tried to dig a little deeper into this issue and found angles to tackle this problem of waste management in Kenya. In this podcast we will have a discussion about what problem they face and what could be implemented to manage it properly.

Hosts and producers: Dorian Müller

Guest speaker: Matt van der Nest

Editing: Dorian Müller

Audio Technician: Charelle Abdallah

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Understanding Europe: Digital Sovereignty
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Student Election Debate Debrief

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In this live episode, the Editor in chief of the Maastricht Diplomat and the student politics correspondent join us to talk about the student politics debate hosted a couple of days prior. The elections start today 17th of May and end on the 20th. Go vote!
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Getting Away with Murder: Entitlement and Accountability in Turkish Femicide

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Gender-based violence and femicide in Turkey have seen a massive rise over the last few years. The government's much-contested decision to leave the Istanbul Convention on the 20th of March 2021 has left the women of Turkey at the most vulnerable they have been in decades. Learn more about the mechanics at play behind this decision as well as the socio-cultural reasons behind the rise in violence against women in Turkey.
@elajadeunal tells us all about it in this new article and today we wish to discuss her article at greater length.
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Abortion rights: Europe's legal legacy

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In this episode, the team jumps into the first of three episodes, where they discuss the realities of abortion and reproductive rights. This episode focuses on the legal and historical facts that have shaped abortion rights across Europe.
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Arabia's temple of dreams and the world's horrifying nightmares

Arabia's temple of dreams and the world's horrifying nightmares

Ahmad Rifai joins us today for our very first live recording @withloveradio. Ahmad is Syrian a graduate of FASoS, now in Leiden, and is a passionate storyteller. In this episode, he dissects the Arab Spring and brings the perspective of the everyday Arab caught up in a maelstrom of geopolitical turmoil.

Ya Tair by Fairuz
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What is Fair Fashion?

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This is the first collaborative episode with people outside the podcast team! Not only this but we are joined by two guests, who are representatives of different initiatives in the realm of fair fashion. Together with them and a member of the UNSA external affairs committee, we discuss what fair fashion is and what agency we and individuals have in working towards a world where fair fashion is the norm.
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On Modern Feminism

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The team take on the complex topic of social justice and discusses contemporary feminism. Drawing on the controversial legal debacle between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, the team speaks to its affects on modern feminism.
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Covid Valentine

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In this s special short episode, the team goes to the internet and seeks out funny dating stories from the past year. We discuss them and laugh about the ridiculous nonsense that happens to real people. While also, getting sidetracked and talking nonsense ourselves.
Feb 14, 202118:55
Is communication the key?

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In this episode, the team delves into the not too straightforward topic of relationships, how to navigate them and what it means to actively communicate. While discussing what it means to be together and what we have learned in our short time on this earth, the team share a bit about their own personal experiences.
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Deepfakes, Deep Consequences

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In this episode ,the emerging technological innovation of Deepfakes takes center stage. With this relatively new development that seems to be taking off at breakneck speed, leaving nothing is off the table. The impacts can be felt on a broad spectrum. This is what our team sets out to explore in this episode connecting and discussing the from various view points. Hope that you enjoy!
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The Politics and Comedy of Sacha Baron Cohen

The Politics and Comedy of Sacha Baron Cohen

In this episode, the team talks about Sacha Baron Cohen and some of his most well-known characters. It looks at his style of comedy. We take a look at what the politics of his comedy are and what kind of real-world consequences his films and shows have. Also, exploring his legacy and what we think of it. Enjoy!
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Swinging the US Election

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In this year's first episode of the Maastricht Diplomat Florian takes us through what to watch out for in the next few days of the US presidential elections. It can be hard in the daily flurry of news to get one's head around the election. So here we identify the handful of states that will determine this high stakes election. Explaining why they're important and how they could swing the election one way or another. The team also makes its own semi-unfounded projections on which way these sates will swing. In the end, it all hinges on the electorate.
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Corona Cooking

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In this episode of the MDfm our hosts, Stella, Brendan, and Florian, share some of their favourite recipes to make during lock down. Stay safe!
Love, the UNSA Maastricht Diplomat Podcast Team.
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Trouble in Tinder Town

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We discuss stories, both serious and humorous, scoured off the internet and via confidential contacts. These stories are on the topic of Tinder and the many scenarios that can occur... enjoy.
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Exploring our roots

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