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Welcome to program 201 of Shortwave Radiogram.

I'm Kim Andrew Elliott in Arlington, Virginia USA.

Here is the lineup for today's program, in MFSK modes as noted:

  1:41 MFSK32: Program preview (now)
  2:45 SpaceX Starship will ferry humans to the Moon*
  8:09 MFSK64: European public broadcasters face threats
13:57 This week's images*
28:12 MFSK32: Closing announcements

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From New Atlas:

NASA selects SpaceX Starship to ferry next humans to the Moon

Michael Irving
April 18, 2021

NASA has awarded SpaceX a contract to develop the lunar lander
for the Artemis program, which will ferry humans to and from the
surface of the Moon in 2024. SpaceX's Starship prototype beat out
competing companies Blue Origin and Dynetics for the job.

The ambitious Artemis program will see humans not only return to
the Moon for the first time in 50 years, but set up a more
permanent presence there. NASA's gigantic Space Launch System
(SLS) will take off from Earth, carrying four astronauts onboard
the Orion spacecraft to cislunar orbit. Once there, half of the
crew would transfer to a separate craft, the human landing system
(HLS), to take them to the lunar surface and back.

To help with that last part, NASA put out the call for private
companies to pitch their lander concepts, last year narrowing the
field down to SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics. And now, after
careful consideration the agency has selected SpaceX's design,
awarding Elon Musk's company a US$2.89-billion contract.

SpaceX's winning design is a version of its Starship craft,
powered by its Raptor engines and complete with a "spacious"
cabin and two airlocks. The HLS Starship will initially carry two
astronauts from lunar orbit to the surface, where they would stay
there for about a week, before launching back to Orion in orbit.

SpaceX has demonstrated the potential of Starship over the last
few years with a series of test flights and landing attempts.
After two previous prototypes exploded on impact, prototype SN10
finally touched down successfully in March this year – although
it did explode a few minutes later.

The company has been developing Starship with its sights firmly
set on Mars, but now it looks like there will be another stop
along the way.

Currently, NASA has penciled in November 2021 for the launch of
Artemis I, an uncrewed test flight around the Moon. Longer term,
a Gateway outpost is planned to be placed in lunar orbit to act
as a deep space hub for astronauts and spacecraft bound for the
Moon or Mars.

Source: NASA


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From the Voice of America:

European Public Broadcasters Facing Twin Threats

Jamie Dettmer
April 20, 2021

The pandemic has boosted audiences for Europe's public service
media, with Europeans turning to fact-based news, according to
the broadcasters' trade association and academic studies.

Television, radio and digital channels all have shown upswings,
especially in western Europe.

But while the public has appeared to have been appreciative, the
continent's public broadcasters are facing a twin threat. Central
Europe's populist governments have been or are seeking to reduce
their editorial independence, transforming them into official
mouthpieces, warn rights campaigners and journalists.

And in western Europe, center-right governments are coming under
mounting pressure from conservative lawmakers and populists to
defund public broadcasters.

Attention in recent weeks has focused on Czech Television, and
what critics of the populist government of Prime Minister Andrej
Babis say are efforts to politicize its governing board and
undermine the broadcaster's senior management team ahead of
October's parliamentary elections.

Last week, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), a trade
association, urged Czech lawmakers to protect the independence of
the country's public broadcaster, saying Ceska Televize is "the
most used news brand in the Czech Republic, with 60 percent of
everyone in the country using the service at least weekly."

The EBU's president, Delphine Ernotte Cunci, and the
association's director general, Noel Curran, noted it also was
"trusted by more Czechs than any other news brand." They based
their assertions on data and surveys compiled by the Reuters
Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of

"In recent months, it has become alarmingly clear that the Czech
Republic's government is trying to exert pressure on that very
independence, directly and indirectly," they said.

Last November, the broadcaster's supervisory council - which
oversees operations, appoints the broadcaster's director-general
and approves the budget - was abruptly removed. The country's
parliament voted last week on a slate of new council members, all
affiliated with the ruling ANO party.

The broadcaster's current, and embattled, director-general, Petr
Dvorák, told local media, "The aim is not to change one person in
a leading position, but to change the whole Czech Television, its
behavior and functioning."

He warns the populist plan is to keep the broadcaster formally
looking like an independent one, but it will be made to reflect
the views of the ruling party. "The same has happened in Poland,"
he added. Dvorák expects to be ousted soon.

Krzysztof Bobinski of the Society of Journalists in Poland
worries that public broadcasters in 11 European Union member
states are at high risk of coming under control of ruling

Bobinski is urging the European Commission, the Council of Europe
and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to
work more closely together to highlight how "too many EU
governments are using public media to skew public debate in their
favor and thus threaten the quality of the democratic processes
and the rule of law."

Babis's moves to change public broadcasting in the Czech Republic
are mirroring actions elsewhere in the young democracies of
Central Europe. After it won power, Poland's Law and Justice
Party clipped the wings of the country's public network, TVP. The
OSCE's observation mission of Poland's 2019 parliamentary
elections noted in its report of "a lack of impartiality in the
media," especially of TVP's coverage.

Reporters Without Borders says Poland's public media outlets
"have been transformed into government propaganda mouthpieces."
The group has raised similar concerns about public media in
Hungary. During the country's 2019 elections, leaked audio
recordings emerged of editors instructing reporters to favor
Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party in their coverage.

Populist leaders say the criticism is unfair and that public
broadcasters have been the mouthpieces of liberals and the left
for years. Slovenia Prime Minister Janez Jansa accuses his
country's public service media of regularly dishing out "fake

He has dubbed the Slovenian Press Agency a "national disgrace"
and says reporters working for public broadcaster Radiotelevizija
Slovenija are paid too highly and spread "lies." His government
wants to amend the country's media laws so they can increase
state influence over public-service media.

The criticism in Central Europe by populists of public
broadcasters is echoed by counterparts in western Europe, who
identify public media as liberal and accuse it of being hostile
towards them and of being dominated by a metropolitan mindset out
of step with the lives and thinking of millions of ordinary
Europeans, especially those living in rural and de-industrialized

Germany's populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) has been
locked in a war of words for years with the country's public
broadcasters. In 2017, it went to the courts to try to get more
airtime for its representatives, accusing the broadcasters of
routinely shunning them.

Executives of German public-service television broadcaster ZDF
have admitted they often have been too focused on covering issues
and events in the country's large metropolitan areas and have not
been providing enough coverage of the rural east. They say that's
something they are seeking to rectify.

In Britain, the ruling Conservatives have long had a strained and
ambivalent relationship with the BBC, which they accuse of
liberal bias. Libertarians object in principle to public funds
being used. The BBC is funded largely by an annual television
license fee charged to all British households, businesses and
organizations using any type of equipment to receive or record
live television broadcasts and iPlayer catch-up.

The Conservatives pledged in 2019 to reform the BBC and review
its funding. There has been a growing movement in recent years to
abolish license fees, and a growing number of Britons have been
refusing to pay it.

"There's no need for the BBC," according to Alex Deane, a PR
consultant and former Conservative government adviser. He says
resentment toward the BBC is not based on right or left politics
but instead is rooted in "cultural issues and topics like Brexit
and patriotism." And he says in the digital age, there are plenty
of commercial news and entertainment sources.

But the BBC's defenders say it is respected both in Britain and
around the world for its reliability, the strength of its
journalism and its impartiality, and they highlight how in times
of crisis, it is the preferred source of news for Britons over
commercial rivals.

Ninety-three percent of the British population tuned in to BBC
television or radio during the first two weeks of the 2003 war in
Iraq, according to surveys. At the start of the pandemic in March
2020, when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the
start of strict new coronavirus restrictions, more than 15
million viewers watched the BBC's coverage, double the number who
turned to commercial rivals.

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This week's images ...

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took this shot of its own
shadow, during its first flight over the Martian surface, April
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People watch the sunset over the Finnish Gulf coast in St.
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A winner of the Royal Horticultural Sociey photography contest. ...

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A bee gathering pollen in Scotland. ...

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Tulips at Burnside Farm in Nokesville, Virginia. ...

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An animated duck at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washingon DC. ...

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Our painting of the week is "Spring Fancy" by Lynne Taetzsch. ...

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    SWRG#201 closing song:

    Jim Steinman - Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through    -   Bad For Good • 1981

     (November 1, 1947 – April 19, 2021)





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This Is A Music Show #112
22 April 2021

0200-0300UTC Thursday on 5850 kHz

via WRMI, Okeechobee USA


TIAnExpressMS w/ Radio Northern Europe International
via Channel 292 in Germany, on 6070 kHz.

Broadcast various dates/times. Check the schedule here:



Al Ciaola - Anthony And Cleopatra Theme


Salem Witchcraft - Keep On Rollin'
Polly Brown - Up In A Puff Of Smoke
The Avant-Garde - Naturally Stoned


Sianspheric - The Stars Above
Junior Mervin - Bad Weed
Roman Stewart - Dub Festival


Dazz Band - Let It Whip
Roger - Do It Roger


Yellow Magic Orchestra - Firecracker


THIS DATA w/ Bert Kaempfert - Give And Take

Micheal Feuerstack - Why Don't You Stay?


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Barbra Streisand was born Barbara Joan Streisand, April 24, 1942.

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--- Radio Northern Europe International Show #16 Playlist ---

#, Artist - Title [Country] (Spotify Streams)

1, EYJAA - Don't Forget About Me 🇮🇸 (23.5k)
2, KUČKA — No Good For Me 🇬🇧 (139k)
3, Nana Jacobi - Sorgfugl 🇩🇰 (15.5k)
4, Four Nights - Grow So Cold 🇮🇪 (13.6k)
5, UNDER - En säng av rosor 🇸🇪 (12.4k)
6, Jon Henrik Fjällgren - Mountain Dance 🇸🇪-*Samí* (403k)
7, Heroines - Rules 🇫🇮 (55k)

---'s pick of the month ---
8, Daniel Oliver - Feels Like Home 🇸🇪 (4.6k)

--- RNEIxtra - Mammas Mest Metal ---
9, Darkher - Ghost Tears 🇬🇧 (171k)

Thanks for listening and decoding!
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