Basel museum brings skeletons out of the closet Friday, 6 January, 2012 Bones can reveal all kinds of things about our lives—how well and even where we lived. The new exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Basel presents a large collection of bones and skeletons and what scientists were able to uncover about the lives they carried people through. The museum’s Alexandra Bunge gives Alex Helmick a tour of the collection, ghost story included:
Keeping castles in Swiss hands Tuesday, 25 October, 2011 When money is tight, you cut costs where you can. And if you’re a canton, that might mean selling castles. The canton of Basel Country announced earlier this year it wanted to offload two castles to save more than 600,000 francs a year in maintenance costs. That prompted a public outcry, and fears foreign buyers might snap up the Bottmingen and Wildenstein castles. WRS’s Tony Ganzer takes a closer look:
The Connectors: Talking about life as an expat in Basel Thursday, 26 May, 2011 This show was broadcast from Expat Expo in Basel in front of a live audience on May 22. The Connectors chat to members of the public (adults, children and even boy scouts) and talk to expat groups about life in Basel:
Basel's giant 'corpse flower' ready to bloom Tuesday, 19 April, 2011 Thousands of people are expected to descend on a botanical garden in Basel this week to watch the world’s largest flowering plant burst into bloom. The corpse flower, so named because it smells like rotting flesh, is currently one meter and 80 centimeters high. And, it is continuing to grow 12 centimeters a day during its final spurt. Germinated from seed 17 years ago, it is the first plant of this sort to flower in Switzerland in 75 years. It grows in the wild in the Sumatra rainforest. WRS’s Vincent Landon went to Basel to check it out:
Study calls for greater efforts to integrate expats in Basel Monday, 18 April, 2011 A study paid for by the government and the pharmaceutical industry in Basel calls for more work to be done to welcome and integrate expats who arrive in the canton. A total of 45,000 expats live in Basel but many of them live in a “parallel world,” with their own clubs and associations. Most do not make an affort to speak Swiss German. WRS’s Dave Goodman talks about the issue with Guy Morin, a member of the Green party who leads the cantonal executive of Basel City:
The Weekend: Big names, big events in Basel Thursday, 21 October, 2010 The 25th anniversary edition of Basel’s AVO Session will feature headliners Jamiroquai, Sheryl Crow, Morcheeba, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Cullum and more. Also in Basel this weekend: the Autumn Fair and Wine Fair. Or if you want a bit of mountain air, head over to Gstaad for Topschau 2010, the annual bovine beauty pageant. Susan Flory has details:
Private defence company sets up in Basel Thursday, 12 August, 2010 The decision by one of the world’s largest security contractors to set up a Swiss holding company has generated concern at cantonal and federal level. London based Aegis Defence Services is now wholly owned by a holding company in Basel. This effectively moves the firm’s headquarters to Switzerland. The company employs an estimated 20,000 soldiers mostly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of them are on contract to the defence department of the United States. WRS’s Vincent Landon has more.
Destination architecture: 5 feats of design worth the trip Friday, 23 July, 2010 Modern architecture tells you as much about a society and culture as its ancient constructs. So maybe it’s the tendency of Swiss architects to avoid being labelled as image-conscious “star-chitects” that has led, over the last 20 years, to so many public buildings in Switzerland that defer to their surrounding landscapes. And since these are best seen outdoors and in good weather, what better time than summer to hit the road and soak in the natural brilliance:
Behind the scenes at Basel Tattoo Monday, 19 July, 2010 The Basel Tattoo kicked off over the weekend and will run throughout this week highlighting bands and musicians of all types, including some traditional Swiss acts. Selling nearly 90,000 tickets in just two days, it is the second largest tattoo in the world after Scotland’s, held in Edinburgh. The term tattoo in this case comes from an old Dutch phrase used to tell bartenders to close the taps so soldiers would head back to base. WRS’s Tony Ganzer got an insider’s view from the event’s producer, Erik Julliard.
Swiss By Design: Art Basel Special Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 Jennifer Davies goes to the 41st Annual Art Basel event—now the biggest art fair in the world. She talks to gallerists and curators on preview day to gain an inside perspective on the art scene. All this and a preview of the best of the week’s cultural events.
Style File: Made in... Basel Thursday, 4 March, 2010 On this week’s show Hansine Johnston and Celeste Duvoisin uncover home grown fashion labels and quirky design from Basel. They talk to designer Claudia Gudel about her pure design ethic and who she would most like to dress.
Opposing faces of Big Pharma Wednesday, 3 March, 2010 We’re in Basel and we’re putting Big Pharma on the examination table. Is the industry at the forefront of health advancement or a greedy profiteering machine? Pharmaceuticals have been up against some pretty serious charges of late. Plus a look at how it really affects health care prices—and how did Basel come to be synonymous with the pharmaceutical industry anyway? WRS’s Conor Lennon brings to the table our reporter Vincent Landon, Andreas Möckli from Basler Zeitung, Robert Derham from Biovalley Basel and Patrick Durisch from corporate watchdog agency Berne Declaration.
Basel to the future: a new strategy for 2020 Monday, 1 March, 2010 A look at Basel’s place in the Swiss, European and world economies—as well as the place of neighbouring France and Germany in the Basel economy—now and a decade from now:
Live from Basel in English Monday, 1 March, 2010 Among the places Basel’s diverse cultural landscape is reflected: its community radio scene. Radio X has about 50,000 listeners tuning in to its volunteer-driven programming in a wide range of languages. The most popular is The English Show. WRS video journalist Amy Wong popped into the offices of Radio X to talk to their team:
Insider's Guide to Basel Wednesday, 24 February, 2010 Savvy travelers know that the best way to discover a city’s charms—and avoid its tourist traps—is to ask the locals for advice. Here, three very different Baselers share their favorite spots to eat, drink and play in their beloved city.