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After an extended holiday break, Otto and Joe are back to break down the government's new COVID mitigation strategy as well as other stories such as goodwill compensation for Holocaust victims, potential new emissions regulations in Riga, support for a ban on fur farming, a bananas cocaine bust, and much more!Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aar…
 
Otto and Joe sit down for the 150th time to discuss the latest news of the week and to look forward to the upcoming holidays here in Latvia.Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream…
 
"Pilnība" is the word of the week, with 75% of Latvia's adult population fully vaccinated just as child vaccination starts throughout the country. Otto and Joe break down the current situation along with other stories such as proposed solutions to the energy crisis, legal troubles for two parliamentarians, an international war memorial controversy,…
 
As Latvia lays blanketed in snow, Otto and Joe discuss the latest stories of the week including the wintry cold, major updates to corruption cases, Omicron variant in Latvia, and much more!Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons — Attributio…
 
"Pieņemt" is the word of the week after Saeima accepts the 2022 state budget following a relatively quiet debate. Otto and Joe discuss the major takeaways as well as the latest from the Belarussian border and updates to the COVID-19 situation in Latvia.Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song: Think Ta…
 
With Latvia's lockdown lifter and things returning to the way they were before the strict three-week measures, Otto joins Joe back in person in the studio to discuss the deepening crisis at the Belarusian border, the banning of St. George's ribbon at public events, a new potential future for Congress Hall, and much more!Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemni…
 
Joe sits down with Anete Germane from the Irregular Latvian YouTube channel to discuss the origin of her videos, life as an Latvian in France, intercultural customer service, and much more!You can check out her YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/GermaneAneteOpening and closing music: courtesy of Ausma Apsīte…
 
Otto calls into Joe from an overnight train in Finland to discuss the latest major stories of the week, including more layoffs at Latvian Railways, Aivars Lembergs' first place poll finish, the latest COVID updates in Latvia, and much more!With the situation in the health care sector reaching a new critical point, Health Minister has called for the…
 
With the situation in the health care sector reaching a new critical point, Health Minister has called for the emergency mobilization of health workers. Union leaders have responded by calling for his resignation. Otto and Joe break down this situation and other major news stories including a law to streamline border construction, populist leaders …
 
As Latvia implements its strictest COVID-19 measures yet, Otto and Joe remember the life of statesman Ojārs Kalniņš after his sudden passing last week and discuss other important stories that have happened here in Latvia.Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.co…
 
Otto and Joe break down the newly declared state of emergency and COVID-19 related restrictions along with a few other important stories from the week here in Latvia.Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY …
 
Joe discusses the newest COVID-19 safety measures and restrictions along with a controversy involving the president's influence, a legal challenge to a mural, increases to energy costs, and a number of other stories from the last week and a half.Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song: Think Tank by A…
 
While President Egils Levits visits the US and the UN General Assembly, Ainars Šlesers continues his comeback to Latvian national politics with a number of controversial actions. Otto and Joe discuss these stories and more, such as Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts surviving a vote of no confidence, the merger of universities, potential new COVID …
 
As yet another strange school year begins amid the ongoing pandemic, Joe breaks down the biggest stories of the past week and a half.Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: bit.l…
 
As the migrant situation on the Latvian-Belarussian border becomes more complicated and critical, Otto and Joe sit down to discuss the biggest stories of the week from Latvia and the region.Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons — Attributi…
 
As the world watches Afghanistan fall back under control of the Talbian, Otto and Joe discuss the long historic connection between the two nations and the possibility of fallout from the new situation being felt as far away as the Baltic region.Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song: Think Tank by Au…
 
Joe calls into Otto from the windy amber coast of Liepāja to discuss the latest vaccination debate in parliament, some major infrastructure plans on the horizon, an escaped wallaby on the loose, and much more!Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative …
 
As temperature records are smashed across Latvia, effects such as forest fires and increased hospitalizations are being seen throughout different parts of the country. Otto and Joe discuss the heatwave along with the updated plan for mandatory vaccinations in some professions, the thrilling conclusion to a trashy three-year waste saga, and more!…
 
As Latvia reels from the tragic loss of hockey goalie Matīss Kivlenieks in a 4th o July fire accident, more serious discussion begins about what measures should be implemented to bring school back to the classroom in fall. Otto and Joe break all this down along with other major stories from this week in Latvia!Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aa…
 
Joe finally sits down to chat with Japanese musician Masaki Nakagawa and German-born Jorän Steinhauer, both of whom write songs in the Latvian language and are well known throughout the country. Find out how they first came to Latvia, how they were able to learn the language, and the interesting ways they write songs — including their latest track …
 
As Latvia marks an important holocaust remembrance day, member of parliament Aldis Gobzems uses the infamous Star of David that persecuted Jewish people were forced to wear as a tasteless way to make a point about COVID restrictions. Otto and Joe discuss the fallout from this as well as other stories included a bold new plan to upgrade roads, the c…
 
Līgo! Līgo! Happy midsummer! Otto joins Joe on one of the shortest nights of the year to talk about stories such as planned urban meadows in Rīga, new debt relief for the needy, some promising COVID-19 related numbers, and much more!Opening music: "Kas to Līgo ielīgoja" performed by Ernests Elks-Elksnītis. Available in the public domain. https://co…
 
With less people getting vaccinated week-on-week but only 23% of the country vaccinated so far, the government might be running into a wall in terms of convincing more people to get the shot. Otto and Joe discuss this development along with the further reopening of the Latvian economy, some public works dramas in Rīga, the murky future of Aivars Le…
 
The 2021 municipal elections have resulted in strong showing for older guard parties like the Union of Greens and Farmers and the National Alliance, while big winners from the 2018 national election such as the New Conservative Party and KPV.LV had a much rougher go. Otto and Joe break down the results and implications, along with some other import…
 
As a bizarre constitutional drama unfolds out east with local elections just days away and KPV LV clutches at its last grasp on power in the coalition, Latvia slowly strips away more COVID restrictions with infections decreasing and vaccinations on the rise. Otto and Joe unpack these stories and more!Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki,…
 
Following the Belarusian government's shocking grounding of a Ryanair plane in order to arrest an opposition journalist, Latvia has become embroiled in a diplomatic standoff with not just the Lukashenko regime, but also the International Ice Hockey Federation, whose championship is being hosted in Rīga right now. Otto and Joe discuss these stories …
 
With the 12th grade centralized English exams over but outdoor for cafes and restaurants all tightly booked, Joe joins Otto in his garden to discuss major stories of the week such as a debate over young people's use of Latvian, the further disintegration of what was left of the KPV LV party, a possible one computer per student policy by 2025, the l…
 
Days after white tablecloth celebrations marking 31 years since independence, diners return to outdoor restaurant and cafe terraces. Otto and Joe discuss these stories and a number of others, including updates to investigations into two tragic fires, increases to state family benefits, a reorganiziton of the vaccine bureau, and more!…
 
Otto joins Joe remotely from Rīga to discuss the wide-reaching implications of two very different but equally tragic fires that happened in Latvia over the last week. Other stories include the latest chapter in the endless KPV LV soap opera, good news for Latvia's aviation agency, outrage over Russia's suspected actions in NATO ally Czechia, bloomi…
 
After a bit longer gap between episodes than usual due to a few side effects, Joe is back, vaccinated, and ready to discuss the biggest news stories of the last two weeks with Otto. Items they discuss include the reopening of stores, the limited return of 12th graders to school, the rise of fraudulent COVID tests, and more!…
 
Spring is back with all its traditions, including the dangerous burning of the previous year's grass throughout the country. Otto and Joe discuss this along with other important news updates from Latvia, including a new vaccine timetable, a sunnier economic forecast, another new political party, and much more!…
 
Although Joe and Otto are unable to meet in person, they separately bring you takes on some of the biggest stories this week, such as the brief pause to use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, more pothole headaches, and the implications of US President Biden's words about his Russian counterpart.Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with p…
 
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Joe talked with Lithuanian-born Ruta Kapustaite about her experience directing the Rīga-based Irish Dance Studio "Ceili Rue" and some insights into Irish, Lithuanian, and Latvian culture.Intro music: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Aislinn/Aislinn/03_-_Aislinn_-_Morrissons_jig_-_Leslies_marchMorrisson's jig - Lesli…
 
Promises by the government of mass vaccinations by April look increasingly dubious after a series of major missteps by both private and public institutions that came to light during the week. Otto and Joe go on another socially distanced walk to discuss these stories and a number of others, including the buyout of another local brewery, a rejected …
 
As Latvians watch in wonder as ice jams break up throughout the country's rivers, the government's vaccination actions come under heavy criticism by investigative journalists. Joe and Otto go on a socially distanced walk through Jelgava to discuss these stories and important happenings throughout Latvia this week, including the shutdown of a major …
 
Our revived weekly interview series kicks off with a chat between Joe and our "story of the day" editor Cian Guckian, who has lived between Ireland and Jelgava over the past few years. Cian talks about his experience working as a freelance journalist for the Baltic Times, as well as adapting to life in Latvia.Opening music by Austra Apsīte…
 
A dramatic, 15-year criminal process has resulted in a five-year prison sentence and massive property confiscations for oligarch Aivars Lembergs, but is this truly the end of the road for one of Latvia's most infamous political operators? Otto and Joe break down this court decision as well as other stories, including an increasingly worrying bird f…
 
Among other measure to fight the public health and economic effects of COVID-19, the Krišjānis Kariņš-led government has announced its support for a one-time 500 euro per child payment for families in Latvia. Otto and Joe discuss the implications along with other stories such as record low approval ratings for said government, a plan to vaccinate L…
 
As Latvia' s ministers attempt to lead by example and get vaccinated against COVID-19, Latvia' s poultry farmers have yet another deadly virus to worry about. Otto and Joe break down these stories and others on this week' s episode!Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song:Think Tank by Audionautix audi…
 
The online manavakcina.lv portal is up and running without much of a hitch, but the end of the pandemic is still over the horizon, with the state of emergency being extended until the 6th of April. Otto and Joe break down what this all means, along with some other important domestic and international stories throughout the week.Theme song "Mēs esam…
 
Otto and Joe discuss the latest developments in Latvia related to COVID-19 and other stories such as a possible restoration of passenger rail to Bolderāja, a political crisis in Jēkabpils, scammers targeting DPD customers, a reduction in the amount of exams students must take, another development in the KPV LV soap opera, and more!…
 
Otto and Joe discuss the news of the week including the first actions of the new health minister, a new party founded by populist deputy Aldis Gobzems, the latest COVID19 updates, and more!Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permissionClosing theme song:Think Tank by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attributio…
 
With Latvia Weekly' s 2020 person of the year Ilze Viņķele unceremoniously fired just days into the new year, it's not surprising that people aren't falling over themselves to become the next health minister as the pandemic enters its most critical stage yet. Otto and Joe discuss the fallout from Prime Minister Kariņš' momentous decision as well as…
 
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