Screen Shot 2019-12-27 at 11.12.02 PMMODO: The Heart of Hockey After winning the Swedish elite hockey league in 2007, MODO Hockey, the team that has reared dozens of players who have had star-studded careers in North America’s National Hockey League, found itself struggling financially. By 2009, it was at the bottom of the Swedish league. But help came from above, the stars literally. After leaving million-dollar contracts behind in the NHL, Marcus Näslund and Peter Forsberg, then 36, decided to give back to their community, threw on their old MODO jerseys and played for free. Both Forsberg and Näslund were nice enough to give a locker room interview after practice to share their love and loyalty to MODO, also called The Heart of Hockey. Radio Sweden (SR.)

Screen Shot 2019-12-27 at 11.00.07 PM The Stockholm Syndrome On August 23, 1973, armed with a semiautomatic gun, the pipe sticking out of his jacket, Janne Olsson walked across a square in central Stockholm and into the Credit Bank. He caused an unprecedented media frenzy and threw police into a rage, by locking himself into the bank vault with some of the bank employees, demanding 3 million in cash, the release of his bank-robber buddy and a fast get-away car. Olsson got the buddy. He never got the millions. He got busted and sentenced to prison. He also won the trust of his hostage that ended up siding with him, surprising a whole world. This event is what laid the foundation for what we today refer to as – The Stockholm Syndrome. Radio Sweden (SR).

“I wasn’t afraid, tense, I was oh, like a spring,” he says. “I was nervous until I opened the door, then I was just cool…the bank was mine.”



Stockholm: The Casablanca of the North During World War II, a whole string of female spies operated in Scandinavia. The so-called neutral Stockholm was during the war a “Casablanca of the North.” With a flow of refugees, traveling businessmen and diplomats, the Swedish capitol was a hotbed for exchanges, but also an environment in which warring parties spied on each other and secret agents exchanged classified information. Most of the women were young and beautiful. They were singers, actresses, dancers, journalists, secretaries and housekeepers. One of them, Karin Lannby, also had a stormy relationship with Ingemar Bergman, who would become one of Sweden’s most famous filmmakers of all time. Radio Sweden (SR).



Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 2.28.33 PM WWI Sub Found in Baltic More than 90 years ago, the British submarine HMS E18 sank with her crew of 33 men without a trace. She left Reval [Tallinn] in late May 1916 on assignment in a joint effort with the Russians against the Germans in World War I. She wouldn’t be discovered and recovered until 2009 in international waters near Estonia. Radio Sweden (SR).


Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 2.55.56 PM A Nobel Job What is it like to be a Nobel Attaché? 30-year-old diplomat, Patric Nilsson shares his experience serving Chemistry-winner Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, professor with the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, U.K. (ENG) Sveriges Radio/Radio Sweden: 10-minute feature, 2009. Listen here:


Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 3.02.34 PM  “I’d definitely donate my heart!” Swedes are positive to organ donations, according to the Swedish Council for Organ and Tissue Donation, but more organs are needed and every year the council is holding a drive. We headed out in the city of Stockholm to learn more. (ENG) Sveriges Radio/Radio Sweden: 10-minute feature, 2009.  Listen here:

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