The EuroWhat? Podcast

We are a pair of Americans trying to make sense of the Eurovision Song Contest.

About the show

Throughout Eurovision season (December-ish through May) our weekly episodes check in on the news, recap selection shows from around Europe, and review the entries as they are selected. As the Contest draws closer, we re-examine the songs as competitors. It's sports, but with pop music, spreadsheets, and Google Translate.

During the off-season, we dive into topics directly and tangentially related to the history of the Contest. Topics have included: drag queens, the movie The Apple, flags, the Iceland Airwaves festival, intersectionality, the origins of telecommunications technology... did I mention we're a bit nerdy?

Episodes drop Tuesdays on your favorite podcast provider.

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Episodes

  • Episode 71: Sticks Nix FiK Picks

    January 7th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  37 mins 43 secs
    albania, australia, georgia, italy, lithuania, netherlands, north macedonia, norway, ukraine

    We're barely a week into 2020 and we already have Eurovision drama up to our ears (HI ALBANIA!). We get caught up on the news from over the holidays in this episode.

  • Episode 70: The Ones That Got Away 2010s Edition

    December 31st, 2019  |  Season 3  |  54 mins 48 secs
    albania, azerbaijan, belarus, bulgaria, croatia, finland, hungary, latvia, lithuania, montenegro, north macedonia, portugal, romania, san marino, slovakia, slovenia

    408 songs competed on the Eurovision stage this decade. 148 did not qualify for the Grand Final. From those, we picked 20 that still hold up.

  • Episode 69: Ben’s Grand Eurofying Theory

    December 24th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  25 mins 9 secs
    australia, azerbaijan, bulgaria, cyprus, italy, sweden

    Ben flies solo this week after getting too caffeinated while prepping for the last Eurowhat of the year. He develops a theory about Eurovision in the last decade and makes an audio essay about it. It involves snacks.

  • Episode 68: Eurovisie Songfestivus

    December 17th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  45 mins 24 secs
    albania, austria, czech republic, iceland, netherlands, sweden

    Tickets! Hosts! More selections! Eurovision 2020 is in full swing, but we look back at 2019 pop culture and make a 2020 wish list in this episode.

  • Episode 67: Hungary for Turkey

    December 3rd, 2019  |  Season 3  |  34 mins 29 secs
    australia, bulgaria, cyprus, estonia, france, hungary, russia, spain, sweden, turkey

    Hungary's reasons for withdrawing from Eurovision sound similar to Turkey's. What else do the two countries have in common?

  • Episode 66: Iceland Airwaves

    November 19th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  46 mins 12 secs
    australia, bulgaria, cyprus, czech republic, estonia, georgia, germany, iceland, slovenia

    Our Senior Hatari Correspondent Ben traveled to Reykjavik to check in with the Iceland Airwaves festival and what's going on in the Icelandic music scene.

  • Episode 65: Lebanon-starter

    November 5th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  39 mins 19 secs
    bulgaria, hungary, lebanon, moldova, netherlands

    Lebanon was supposed to debut at Eurovision 2005. We examine the unexpected ways international relations impact the Song Contest.

  • Episode 64: Win Win Win Win

    October 22nd, 2019  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 12 secs
    france, georgia, germany, hungary, iceland, italy, malta, netherlands, spain, united kingdom

    We jump back 50 years to that time Eurovision had a four-way tie for first place... and no way to break it.

  • Episode 63: Flags on the Play

    October 8th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  50 mins 50 secs
    armenia, belgium, iceland, israel, russia, spain, united kingdom

    Who knew that flags—symbols of national identity—could have political implications at the Eurovision Song Contest? Drink!

  • Episode 62: Morocco 1980

    September 24th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  24 mins 30 secs
    iceland, ireland, morocco, spain, turkey, united kingdom

    Remember that time Morocco competed at the Eurovision Song Contest? We don't since neither of us existed at the time. Let's learn about it together!

  • Episode 61: It’s Rotterdam! Ahoy!

    September 10th, 2019  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 53 secs
    israel, italy, netherlands, russia, spain

    Happy Eurovision New Year! We're talking about Eurovision 2020's host country the Netherlands and the host city of Rotterdam.