Sweden

Arts, Culture & Media

Carbon dating forensics

Researchers in Sweden have come up with a technique to use radioactive carbon in the atmosphere, to figure out the age of unidentified dead bodies. The scientists measure levels of carbon-14 in teeth. The World's David Baron has the story.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit

You hear all kinds of musical fusion these days. But here's one you'd never expect. It's music by a quartet called the Stockholm Lisboa Project. Liana fronts the group and they perform Portuguese Fado with Swedish polska.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo Quiz and Geo Answer

For today's Geo Quiz we're looking for a town on the west coast of Sweden that's holding it's annual oyster-schucking competition. The answer is Grebbestad. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Per Olaffssen, an expert oyster shucker, to find out how the competition works.

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Global Hit

The World's Marco Werman profiles musician Theresa Andersson. She's originally from Sweden, but the singer has made New Orleans her home...and an inspiration for her sound.

Global Politics

Swedish piracy-- the file-sharing kind

Four Swedish men who ran the hugely-successful file-sharing website "The-Pirate-Bay" have been convicted of copyright infringement by a court in Stockholm. They were sentenced to a year in prison. But a lot of Swedes support The Pirate Bay, including Rickard Valksvinge. He heads a political party calling for piracy law reform. It's called the Pirate Party. He speaks with Anchor Marco Werman.

Arts, Culture & Media

Theresa Andersson

She built her sound in New Orleans and recorded her record, Hummingbird, Go! in her kitchen there, but she was born and raised in rural Sweden. Andersson is DIY to the extreme, looping guitar, drums, fiddle, vocals, and vinyl record samples. She tells Kurt how she does it and performs live in the studio.

Global Politics

Sweden bans executive bonuses

Anchor Katy Clark speaks with Anders Borg, Sweden's Finance Minister, about his government's decision to limit pay for managers working at state-owned companies. No more big bonuses for executives -- now they'll get a fixed wage.

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Health

Dog owners live longer, a new study says

While even good human relationships can be complicated, a family dog will unfailingly greet its members with simple joy. Now, a new study recently published in the journal Scientific Reports finds that, along with the blessing of uncritical friendship, household dogs can actually help people live longer.

Culture

The three-letter word that rocked a nation

In 2012, Sweden erupted in a national debate over the pronoun "hen." Traditionally, Swedish has gendered pronouns when referring to people. There is no gender-neutral pronoun for people. "Hen" was a new word meant to fill a gap in the language. This week on The World in Words podcast we explore how a little-known and little-used word went mainstream in Sweden.