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Sound engineer Daniel Wihler working on one of my podcasts

For a while I’ve been wanting to highlight the work of the studio technicians who, frankly, make my podcasts sound way better than they would if I had to do them alone. They ensure that my narration is the best it can be by setting up the mic, monitoring the levels, and finessing all the transitions between me and my audio from the field. They know the right spots to fade in music or ambient sound, and they’re great at finding sound effects, too. And when a feature is too long, they give sensible advice about what to cut. On top of that, they’re fun to work with!

So a big thank you to the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation’s Daniel Wihler, Jakob Stoller and Ivan Steiner!

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Chris von Rohr of the rock band Krokus

I recently had the chance to visit Krokus founder and bass player Chris von Rohr in Solothurn, Switzerland. We chatted about the band’s history as well as von Rohr’s plans for the next few years.

You can listen to my audio feature on swissinfo.ch — but make sure you’re comfortable because it’s 17 minutes long!

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Learning English can be a lot of fun.

An English-speaking stranger pops into a Swiss classroom, and she seems a little confused. But soon, Aunt Annie has the children contributing eagerly to the conversation.

Follow the link below to listen in on my classroom visit with Aunt Annie:


To learn more about the Aunt Annie programme, click here: http://www.auntannie.ch/

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Ambassador Don Beyer and his dog Chili

Appointed by President Barack Obama, Don Beyer has travelled from Virginia to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. For the first time in years, there’s a whole family living in the residence next to the American Embassy in Bern.

Click below to view a PDF version of the story, which originally ran in Swiss News magazine:

From the Potomac to the Aare

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In her white-gloved glory: butler Zita Langenstein

Perfection, concentration, ability and discretion – these are the trademarks of excellent butler service. And Zita Langenstein should know. As Switzerland’s only woman butler, she has a unique perspective in an industry dominated by men.

Click here to read the whole story: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/index/Swiss_butler_breaks_gender_barrier.html?cid=7814370

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© Intrigue Sàrl

Whether you’re new in town or a long-time local, it’s not always easy to keep tabs on the latest hotspots and events. With that in mind, a company based in Vevey is busily doing the legwork and sharing the findings on its website, My Little Black Book. The goal is to reach women all over Switzerland.

Read the whole story here:


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Eliot performing with Dr. Cranknstein

Eliot performing with Dr. Cranknstein

After nearly 14 years of living in Switzerland, American musician Eliot Chambers has developed a steady following both as a solo performer and as the leader of a hard rock band called Dr. Cranknstein. According to Chambers, Switzerland is a great place for independent musicians.

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