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A place for conversation that spans life in Luxembourg and beyond. Each week an international guest list will reflect on the week’s news, plus a whole host of other topics: politics to pollination; education to entrepreneurship; science to singing. Luxembourg sits in the beating heart of Europe and its diverse population provides a global perspective on a number of world issues.
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Proactive wellbeing from school to adulthood – you're at your best when you work with your character strengths. Frederika Roberts, known as "The Happiness Speaker", brings the science of wellbeing to life through applied positive psychology. Her background as a teacher served to launch her work into whole school wellbeing, for both students and tea…
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Still slightly taboo in the workplace, and still often unrecognised by medical professionals, perimenopause is a long and difficult stage of life for many women. Lisa and Sasha are joined in the Today Radio studio by a dream team of guests to discuss this long-overdue topic — including a menopause coach, a preventative health entrepreneur, a medica…
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For next week's World Environment Day, Lisa's guests discuss the state of the climate today, myriad climate policy boards, and the inclusion of the youth voice. There is an incredible array of resources and opportunities for young people in Luxembourg on the subject and countless organisations working together on the issue — but is it enough? We ha…
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Prof. Marginson from Oxford University visited Luxembourg this week and spoke with Lisa at length on a variety of topics around education and geopolitics. Sasha Kehoe kicks off the show with the weekly reflection of global news stories. Prof. Marginson joins us with his own perspectives having lived in the U.K. for the last decade, but also having …
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The Echternach Hopping Procession, on the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage list, celebrates the life of St. Willibrord. On today's show, Lisa is joined by guests from Ireland, the UK and Luxembourg — to discuss the life of St. Willibrord via his links with these three countries. The Echternach Hopping Procession, on the UNESCO Intangible World Heri…
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Join us as we jump into another discussion about books and culture, with Vanessa Phelan, Sarah Tapp and Sasha Kehoe. Hello and welcome to book show #2 with Vanessa Phelan and Sarah Tapp. This week Sasha Kehoe also joins us and we begin with a reflection of some of the news stories of the week. As we move to books, I start with a little quiz of word…
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Europe is aging, sagging in its efficiency, falling behind. How can we fix this? Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch comes from a long line of Law Professors, who were forced to move country due to the changing political climate of Europe through the last century. He was raised knowing the fragility of Europe, alongside its potential. Philippe-Emmanuel is a …
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Europe for Europe – a wonderful opportunity for 18–23-year-olds to discover the EU together. Ahead of Europe Day on 9 May, and the upcoming European elections, 6-9 June, my shows this week and next will have a distinctly European flavour. To start with, Sasha is back with a chat about recent world news. Anne Calteux, Representative of the EU Commis…
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This week, 1 May, marks 20 years of the rapid expansion of the EU with the accession of many former Soviet satellite states. Dr. Laima Andrikiené reflects on her role in the history of Lithuania's transformation and its current geopolitical challenges within the EU. While a well renowned Lithuanian choir are coming to Luxembourg. 20 years ago, the …
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From soft diplomacy to block voting, Luxembourg's last entrant in 1993 to Tali, this show is full of Eurovision fun & folklore before the big day in May! Eurovision! We’re almost there! Eurovision 2024 will take place in Malmö, Sweden, on 11 May with semi-finals on 7 and 9 May. It is the third time that Malmö has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest …
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Exciting launch! Our very first Book Club show with Today Radio's Vanessa Phelan and Sarah Tapp. Every month we'll share recommendations and take on a new book, as voted by our readers. It all started with Sarah chatting about the wonderful interview she did with Dr. Susan Rogers on her tome about music cognition and cyberaustics: "This Is What It …
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Melody Funck, Zenia Dutta Roy and Elena Gromova brighten Lisa's studio with their artistic fashion stories. Melody Funck rose to fame in Luxembourg as 'la fille aux robes' with her social media sites, Instagram, TicTok and YouTube, during covid times. Since then, she has garnered more attention as one of the hosts of the Eurovision Luxembourg Final…
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Bias in LLMs, why the US is still great for start-ups, supercomputers, brain signals to combat cyber attacks, digital twins of ourselves, and the philosophy behind all of it. My guests this week range from a research institution, a super-computer provider, two start-ups and a philosopher. This lateral discussion echoes the need for interconnected c…
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Prof. Subi Rangan from INSEAD business school talks about the evolution of capitalism from an output to outcome economy. Prof Subi Rangan was invited to Luxembourg to make the keynote address to celebrate INSEAD Luxembourg Alumni’s 50th anniversary on Thursday 21 March, entitled “Expansion - Evolution - Engagement”. Philippe Osch, President of INSE…
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President of CNAP, Alain Reuter, talks to us about how to obtain a pension in Luxembourg. Sasha discusses the week's news, and I wish you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Pensions are one of those parts of life-long planning which, due to the nature of our busy days, we don't always have time to think about or organise. Now if you happen to spend you…
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Celebrating ladies of all ages, Lisa's guests explore experiences in their lives from the female perspective. Dear Ladies (and everyone else), Thank you so much for all of your emails when I made a call out for women of all generations to write in and share your stories with our audience at RTL Today. I am so grateful for your honesty and opening u…
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Cesar Gonzalez Fernandez tells us all about his mission to 'Clean Something for Nothing'. Bella DePaulo talks about the growing voice for those who choose to live a life on their own and flourish doing so. Social scientist Dr. Bella DePaulo is a leading expert on the Single Life, perhaps the leading expert. Her latest book, Single at Heart, has dra…
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Roland, Bessie and Urve have travelled from Berlin and Estonia to talk about their passion to develop the perfect working environments to allow people to thrive. Berlin Adlershof is Germany’s leading science & technology park. How do you plan such a layout, from historic buildings to new developments, and design their interior, to maximise personal…
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Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan became ‘brothers’ due to the most painful loss of their daughters at different times due to the intractable Israel and Palestine conflict. Bassam Aramin, Palestinian, and Rami Elhanan, Israeli, are members of The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF), families whose lives have been upended due to tragedy. However, in…
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In the lead up to Rare Disease Day on 29th February, we talk about the mental health impact on the whole family and care-giving unit. Rare disease affects 350 million people worldwide, which is about 1 in 12 families. There are about 10,000 named rare diseases, but together they affect more people than cancer and AIDS combined. Diagnosis varies hug…
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Ambassador Bärtl talks about the upcoming visit of his President. Plus actor Catherine Elsen & director Sandy Artuso tell us about the power of Sarah Kane's work. Vladimír Bärtl, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, has lived in Luxembourg for four years. He and his family arrived at the start of Covid, but rather than…
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Ambassador Lambert & Anne Calteux explain some complexities of the European Commission / EU, and Artnit Day, Pedro Castilho & Tiara Ernzen represent the upcoming TEDx Youth event. From the start of this year, it is Belgium’s turn to hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the 13th time. Ambassador Thomas Lambert, Belgian Ambass…
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Education in an age of AI with the Director of ISL, Dr. D.J. Condon and Head of Technology Sherriden Masters Sasha Kehoe gives us a round-up of the week’s news, and we start close to home with this weekend’s Luxembourg Song Contest for Eurovision. Who will represent Luxembourg in Malmö in May? The eight finalists will go head-to-head at Rockhal thi…
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With testimonies from MSF in Gaza, this show is dedicated to those who put humanity at the centre. Over 24,000 people have been killed in Gaza since the start of this war, catalysed by Hamas, between Israel and Palestine. 70% of these are women and children. Over 7,000 people are under rubble. About 2 million people, about 85% of the population, ar…
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Sasha, Steve and Lisa delve into a positive look towards 2024. Plus Catherine Wurth tells us about a competition for Social Entrepreneurs. And Patrizia Luchetta talks about an upcoming Art Endeavour. And Patrizia Luchetta talks about an upcoming Art Endeavour. As we step into the new year, Sasha Kehoe and Steve Miller chat about some positive news …
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Bringing the magic of Skerries to Luxembourg! Jean McDonald, Ambassador of Ireland to Luxembourg, arrived here at the end of August along with her husband Greg. The two met in Paris and have lived in Dublin and Geneva where Ambassador McDonald was Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN for Ireland. Since arriving in Luxembourg, Ambassador McDona…
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Patrick Peters, Conny Reichling, Serge Haan and Andy Genen are my guests for this Christmas weekend. Patrick Peters is an orthopaedic surgeon and also an explorer. As a natural progression from ice-climbing he finds polar exploration the perfect mental and physical reset, and carries out science experiments simultaneously. Dr. Peters was the first …
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Do people want to live & work in Luxembourg? How do you stand out on LinkedIn? Just some of the questions we ask in this week's show. My guests this week cover a range of outlooks on the talent market in and needed in Luxembourg. Roger Krämer is Head of Innovation & Project Management at Spuerkess, where he has worked for 35 years. Christophe Regna…
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Linking Luxembourg and Brazil through ARBED, and Riding the Rainbow. Connections build communities, trust and friendship. This week, both sets of guests show that links are global and humanity prevails. A Luxembourg Community in Brazil through ARBED Dr. Dominique Satana is a Luxembourg-Brazilian historian, screenwriter, director and trans-media sto…
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Baroness Hale of Richmond is a pioneering female legal mind who became President of the Supreme Court in the U.K. Baroness Hale of Richmond was invited to give the Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Lecture by the British Luxembourg Society this week; only the second woman in its history to have done so, the first being Margaret Thatcher. Her talk was …
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Culture this week with the biggest book fair in Luxembourg, plus we talk theatre with cast members. Walfer Bicherdeeg The Walferdange Book Fair has grown year on year, with an increasing English section. This year Black Fountain Press will be present with book launches, book signings, readings and general book-loving appreciation. Life - A Series o…
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'Breaking Barriers' was the theme. Listen to behind-the-scenes interviews with Lisa. Sagacious and sated. That's how we felt after an afternoon of TEDx talks at the Philharmonie last Saturday. Emile Studham spoke about getting the best out of your team, to "Catch the Good" in order to build trusting relationships. Effectively we need to balance six…
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Circu Li-ion return to talk about their growing success, plus Videobot co-founder Matias Mäenpää. After a review of the week's news with my colleague Sasha Kehoe, this week's show features two young companies: Circu Li-ion and Videobot. Circu Li-ion I first met Circu Li-ion co-founders in September 2022. In just over one year they have grown their …
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This week, Kristina Mikulova talks about Lebanon's current situation as it waits to see what Hezbollah will do next; André & Jjay talk about the creative process of Music Making; & Monique Kirsch tells us about the upcoming Science Festival. Lebanon's looking on Dr Kristina Mikulova is the Representative of the European Investment Bank to Lebanon, …
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Reverend David Usher shares his wisdom on how to become more spiritual, and Carlotta Minderhout tells us about the opening of Uniqlo in Luxembourg. Reverend David Usher has had an unusual path in life, which makes him all the more interesting. Born in Adelaide, Australia, he grew up as a Unitarian. Dropping out of his first stint at university to s…
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NASA invites us to look at the moon tonight as a global initiative. MyConnectivity Luxembourg helps us better connect. And Sasha Kehoe goes over the week's news. Observe the Moon Night - 21 October Julie Anne Fooshee joins me online from blustery Scotland to talk about International Observe the Moon Night with NASA. Now a PhD student at the Univers…
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A busy show this week with six guests covering LUNEX University, LMDDC's creative educational work and Hanna from SciLux. LUNEX University Prof Marcus Müller and Valeria Maglia are two members of staff who bring unique experiences to their teaching at LUNEX, a university for sport, health and management. Marcus spent 20 years in the corporate world…
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It's election weekend: Guy Weber, News Director RTL, & Sasha Kehoe tell us more. Plus Elizabeth John reflects on founding the Scienteens Lab, now ten years old. Guy Weber has worked on so many elections in his time as a journalist and yet his energy is palpable, the excitement doesn't wane. Elections have that. A potential turning point for a count…
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The lead candidate for CSV is the reason this election will be a very tight race. When I last interviewed Luc Frieden in September 2022, and actually titled the piece, 'The Leader that never was', I never thought I'd be interviewing him one year on for that precise role. Although it doesn't surprise me at all. Luc Frieden, for anyone who grew up in…
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The Minister of Finance for the Luxembourg Government talks to Lisa Burke ahead of the upcoming elections on 8 October. Yuriko Backes grew up in Japan and spent her life before government as a career diplomat, before joining the coalition on 5 January 2022, following the resignation of Pierre Gramegna. In this conversation, we talk about Minister B…
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Today's political interviewees come from the Pirate Party and The Greens, and join me with Sasha Kehoe from Today Radio. Sven Clement and Djuna Bernard were both the youngest people elected to parliament at different times. Sven possibly has the best website domain name in Luxembourg: sven.lu, and is highly active across all social media, including…
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Minister of the Economy and Minister for Development Cooperation & Humanitarian Affairs for Luxembourg. Franz Fayot joined LSAP in 1994 and became its chairman in 2019. Before being elected, Minister Fayot was a barrister, appointed to Parliament in 2013 and 2018. In Parliament, Franz Fayot assumed the role of rapporteur for the draft budget for 20…
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Four Iranian emigrants talk about their homeland one year after the death of Masha Amini, and Laurent Uhres tells us about the inspiration behind his book. Iran - the situation one year on Masha Amini died on 16 September 2022, aged just 22 years, in the hands of the morality police in Tehran, Iran. Since then, there's been international coverage o…
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Matteo Ressa, CEO of ChefPassport, Monica Serban, economist turned screenwriter and Adelene Lai from Science Slam talk with Lisa Burke ChefPassport - Matteo Ressa From tech maven to culinary visionary, Matteo Ressa talks about his global cook-meets-tech start-up ChefPassport. Italian by origin, Matteo Ressa is CEO and co-founder of ChefPassport, wh…
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Michelle Florendo, a decision engineer, talks about her craft. Plus, Today Radio's Sarah Tapp tells us about the ongoing situation in her homeland of Hawaii. The Craft of Decision-Making I've wanted to talk to Michelle Florendo ever since I read about her work as a decision engineer. There are many times in our lives, personal and professional, whe…
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Jean Cao, oenologist, is the special guest on today's show after a global news review with Sasha Kehoe. News Review After a few weeks away it's great to be back in the studio with a long-overdue look-back at the week's / the summer's news with Sasha Kehoe. And it's been a busy summer! Once more, the blond-one, whose name I won't mention here, has h…
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Summer is a time when many of us take a holiday, change the scene, pause, breathe and reflect on the direction life is carrying us. Many people find themselves on a treadmill of life, having to provide for family or themselves, hand-cuffed to jobs that pay the bills but don’t fulfil them inwardly. And so, the role of a career or life coach is more …
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This week on the Lisa Burke Show, Lisa catches up with Alain Massen, Ulrik Møller and Nathalie Neiers. Parents groups in Education Alain Massen, President of the National Parents’ Representation in Luxembourg since 2020, and Ulrik Møller, President of the Parents Association International School Michel Lucius Primary School, join me to talk about t…
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This week on the Lisa Burke Show, experts on AI and ChatGPT foresee a world where critical thinking will be king. AI, Chat GPT… the world of automation and replication of ‘easy’ tasks will continue to rise around us. This week my guests talk about the power of AI but also the continued and changing importance of our role as humans to negotiate with…
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It takes courage to speak about racism in Luxembourg, but it exists, even in this multi-lingual, multi-national country. Damien Garot talks about his experience. Sportunity is actively working to integrate refugees and local people, founded by Eryn Zander. And Arca Properties is the latest entrepreneurial offering by Giacomo Trenz. In this week’s s…
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