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Swiss Up! - John Calvin in Geneva

Swiss Up! - John Calvin in Geneva

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John Calvin is a key figure of the protestant church and one of the most important people to shape Geneva's destiny. He not only brought his believes to the city he made it the actual protestant Ro...

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Swiss Up! - WWII bombings in Schaffhausen

Swiss Up! - WWII bombings in Schaffhausen

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During World War II Switzerland was a neutral country. This protected it from most harm but not all of it: Many times it fell victim to bombings by the allied forces, most famously in Sch...

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Swiss Up! - Canton Uri - Birthplace of Switzerland

Swiss Up! - Canton Uri - Birthplace of Switzerland

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Uri is a canton at the heart of Switzerland. Geographically as the link between the north of the alps and the south and historically as one of the first cantons of the early Swiss confederation. Bu...

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Swiss Up! - Carla del Ponte, the fearless prosecutor

Swiss Up! - Carla del Ponte, the fearless prosecutor

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Carla del Ponte is one of the most famous Swiss people - if you are a war criminal. In her career as a prosecutor in Switzerland and internationally she fearlessly took on the powerful; the Ital...

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Urban picnics change the way we think about space

Urban picnics change the way we think about space

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  A parking space might just be a parking space to you and I - but to Marcel Mühlestein and those that participate in "Urban Picnicing", a parking space might ...

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Swiss Up! - A nation of renters not buyers

Swiss Up! - A nation of renters not buyers

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Less then half of people in Switzerland own their home. Most people are renters. There is no other European country with such a low rate of home owners. Why is this so? And why do most people...

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Swiss Up! Bertrand Piccard; a real Swiss hero

Swiss Up! Bertrand Piccard; a real Swiss hero

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Bertrand Piccard is a Swiss adventurer and pilot. He fights for a sustainable future and flies very particular aircrafts around the world. He also has something to do with Startrek's Captain Picard...

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Swiss Up! - The yodelling Swiss Amish

Swiss Up! - The yodelling Swiss Amish

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The Amish are a very particular religious community in the United States. They refuse the use modern technology and dress very traditionally. Interestingly a large minority of them have Swiss origi...

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Fête de la Tomate in Carouge - eat more tomatoes!

Fête de la Tomate in Carouge - eat more tomatoes!

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Delphine Choveau, from the Union Maraîchère de Geneve, joined Katt Cullen on the Mid Morning Mix to talk about this weekend's Fête de la Tomate and where ugly tomat...

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Swiss Up! - Recycling your plastic

Swiss Up! - Recycling your plastic

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Switzerland has a reputation for being a clean country and many might even hold the believe that it is good at recycling. But this it actually not the case... So where do all your plastic wrappers ...

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Swiss Up! - The William Tell that never was

Swiss Up! - The William Tell that never was

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Without a doubt the most famous hero in Swiss history is William Tell. Learn all about the famed story and how much of it is grounded in history. (Spoiler alert; not much!) None the less, t...

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Swiss Up! - Swiss food (not cheese)

Swiss Up! - Swiss food (not cheese)

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Join us in this edition of Swiss Up! for a food tasting session. We are looking at three typical Swiss products and uncover their stories and secrets! Katt loved one of them and hated another one....

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Swiss Up! - Jura; Switzerland's youngest canton

Swiss Up! - Jura; Switzerland's youngest canton

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The canton of Jura is the youngest canton of the Swiss federation. It joined the nation in 1979... but where was it before? Why was there and independence movement in Jura and how come a bomb went ...

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Swiss Up! - Military service

Swiss Up! - Military service

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Switzerland still has general conscription. In principle all young men have to do military service. How long does it take, what are the alternatives and are dual citizens also drafted?  ...

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Swiss Up! - Drug policy

Swiss Up! - Drug policy

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For a while in the early 90s Switzerland was looked up to by other countries for is progressive drug policy. What was it all about, what's left of it and what will happen if you get caught with...

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Swiss Up! - Yodeling

Swiss Up! - Yodeling

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One of the big Swiss folksy traditions is the Yodel. A very particular style of singing that you might be a little familiar with. But what's the historical background of yodelling and were will...

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Swiss Up! - The Swiss neutrality

Swiss Up! - The Swiss neutrality

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Switzerland is neutral. That is quite well known. But why is that so? What does it really mean? What historical events influenced it's neutrality, what are the pros and cons of it and what a...

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Swiss Up! - Sects and Cults

Swiss Up! - Sects and Cults

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Today Dario takes a look at the sects and cults in Switzerland. There are thought to be around 1000 different cults in the country, around 200 of which are thought to be problematic in some way. ...

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Swiss Up! - How to become Swiss

Swiss Up! - How to become Swiss

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How does one become Swiss? What agony and pain does one have to go through and what can you expect at the ceremony of naturalisation?  Figure it all out in today's edition of Swiss Up!

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Swiss Up! - Gay rights in Switzerland

Swiss Up! - Gay rights in Switzerland

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Currently ranking at number 22 out of 49 European countries, you'd think that Switzerland is fairly forward in terms of gay rights, but there's still a long way to go for equality. Did y...

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Swiss Up! - Hidden giants of the Swiss economy

Swiss Up! - Hidden giants of the Swiss economy

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Every one knows Nestle and Swatch, but there are many Swiss companies that nobody knows and that are huge players in their niche. One of them is involved every time you get a Latte at a Starbuck...

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Swiss Up! - The women's strike of 1991 - The biggest strike in Swiss history

Swiss Up! - The women's strike of 1991 - The biggest strike in Swiss history

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In 1991 Swiss women went on strike to force the implementation of the constitutional article on gender equality. It was the biggest strike in Swiss history with hundreds of thousands of participant...

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Amy Foundation fundraising

Amy Foundation fundraising

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The Amy Foundation is a South African Non-Profit organisation running daily programmes to educate, develop and empower over 2000 children and youth living in disadvantages communities. Th...

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Swiss Up! - Europe's last witch

Swiss Up! - Europe's last witch

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On this day in 1782 Europe's last witch was executed in the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. But why? What did she do and what were the consequences? Figure it all out in today's Edition of Swiss ...

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