Archive for the ‘Arts and Culture’ Category

Italy’s Sister Act

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Everybody loves a singing nun, whether it’s Julie Andrews crooning in the Sound of Music or Whoopi Goldberg belting gospel in Sister Act. But now Italy has its own singing sister who became an overnight international star last week, thanks to her performance on The Voice of Italy.

(first broadcast on Inside Europe, Deutsche Welle Radio, 10th April, 2014)

Berlusconi’s Media Legacy

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

At the end of 2011, Silvio Berlusconi finally had to admit political defeat and step down from the podium of a political empire whose foundations were built on his vast media empire. As the owner of Mediaset – the company which, until Sky, was the only competition for Italy’s state TV – together with his prolific publishing houses, Berlusconi has dominated the Italian media for the past 30 years. How much has he used his media influence to manipulate Italian culture?

First broadcast on WorldLink, Deutsche Welle Radio, 24th February 2012

Harris Tweed

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Harris Tweed is one of Britain’s most famous fabrics and has been through many ups and downs. Once synonymous with stuffy suits and upper-class country attire, Harris Tweed was catapulted into the realms of high fashion by Vivienne Westwood in the 1980s. But the spread of Gore-Tex and other modern textiles in the 1990s put a big dent in demand. Now it seems the Scottish fabric is making a comeback.

First broadcast on European Business Week, Deutsche Welle Radio, 1st October, 2011