Podcasts are in abundance. Woordbuis.nl allows you to select your favorite podcasts each week. With today: Mireille van der Werff’s five favorites.
Mireille van der Werff is a freelance radio director for NPO Radio 1 and closely involved with trainersburo 2oftheguys, with which she develops, creates and gives online and physical training, including journalistic training, but also for companies that would like to make a podcast, for example.
For me this is the undisputed number 1 at the moment, this podcast can be included in the curriculum of journalism courses as far as I’m concerned. Education in many areas: How do you research a topic, what is the importance of checking your sources and what can imagery do for you?
Hans Jaap Melissen is a war correspondent and has created a series on the cancer of his wife Sigrid. I have known both of them through Radio Netherlands Worldwide where we all worked in the past. Sigrid was diagnosed with breast cancer during the first lockdown and Hans Jaap has this series made about. He weaves their story with a tour through the medical world, asking the question if cancer can be made a chronic condition. This podcast is both informative and entertaining. I just finished the second series, and will be starting with it soon.
Jan Bannink, a photographer, once shot a series of photos in an American prison. She met Christina there. Jan Bannink believes the conviction for her murder of her 3-yearold daughter is not justified. Katinka Baehr is the podcast creator. She has been following Jan’s efforts for one year to release Christina. The result was this narrative podcast series. Together with a colleague I developed an online training ‘Making narrative podcasts’ and this podcast is a wonderful example of her craftsmanship.
It’s quite remarkable that my podcast training participants were eager to create such a podcast ever since this podcast series was released. They are shocked when I tell them how huge this production is. Of course it’s just true: this is a wonderful podcast series that not only teaches you something about the history of our slavery past, but also makes you think about inclusiveness and the consequences of prejudice.
Finally, a guilty pleasure: I love ‘crimi’ podcasts, such as Radio 1– colleague Lammert de Bruin makes together with Babs Assink. You can hear the real whodunnits. Delicious! What I found very striking about this series about the death of Mathilde Willink, is that it was much longer than I thought. Mathilde died in her bed in 1977. I was 4 years old when Mathilde died. I felt that I could still recall it and that it had occurred in the 80s. That isn’t possible. It is amazing how it works in your head.