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This series contains the podcast episodes created by students of Leiden University's Security Studies course Integrated Project 1: Podcasts in the years 2019-2021. Disclaimer: While these podcasts were created as part of a Leiden University course, they are solely the work of students. Only those students who expressly consented to their podcast being published, will have their work added to this collection. The University does not own the content & cannot be held liable or accountable for what is said/shared in the podcasts. The views expressed in the podcasts are the students' own.
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Episode 14: The Truth Behind the Kafala System in Lebanon

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One Voice is Enough
Domestic violence is a widely talked about topic. Stories of domestic violence through the gender lens are the most common perspective. How about we shift our focus towards other identities? In this podcast, we unravel how the multiple identities of refugee women interact and make their experience of domestic violence different from other members of society. Join co-hosts Junni, Laura and Mara together with Ms Alissar El-Murr, a senior researcher at the Australian Institute of Family Studies and Ms Jessica Harkins, a Practice Specialist at Settlement Service International Australia, as they dive deeper into the discussion of domestic violence in Australian Refugee Communities. How does the experience of domestic violence of refugee women in Australia different from the other members of the society? How do organizations in Australia tailor their response framework to women of refugee backgrounds? This podcast raises awareness and hopes to bring refugee women's experiences of domestic violence out of the shadows.
June 30, 2022
They Told Me To Do So
Whether it is you or someone you know, you probably have experienced someone who has struggled with mental illness at one point in their life. You want them to receive adequate help in this devastating situation. In this podcast, we dive deeper into the cooperation between different emergency workers when they encounter situations in which someone is violent due to their mental illness. You may perceive this as a far from my bed show until it actually happens to you.
June 30, 2022
Freedom Isn't Free
War is on the rise. The war in Ukraine pulled heavy headlines in the news, but there are much more crimes happening. It is the question about Ukraine and war time human trafficking that is happening right now that that got our attention. This Episode features three interviews with experts, one of them being Ivana Radovic, where we talk about root causes, persecution, awareness and impacts of it. Nicole, Alice and Rose focused their time as student researchers on human trafficking topics, following the events and gradually uncover the evolution of this topic. This Freedom Isn't Free podcast is an educational podcast hoping to open up and get an insight into the topic, alongside hearing from experts who share their experiences in this field, in their very own words.
June 30, 2022
ETA Crimes: From Nationalism to Terrorism
Between 1968 and 2010, it killed 829 people, including 340 civilians. And it injured thousands more. Euskadi Ta Askatasuna was classified as a terrorist group by Spain, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and the European Union. This podcast discusses ETA crimes by considering the psychological, political and financial perspectives through the testimonies of two direct victims and one expert
June 30, 2022
Our Loved Ones
“Our loved ones” introduces the problem of intimate partner violence. Not everybody is able to detect a victim. And not every victim is able to talk about this issue. With a social worker and a psychologist, “Our loved ones” will offer you tools to perceive signs and to help victims by having a better understanding of the situation. Furthermore, while a correlation between disasters and rise of intimate partner violence has been identified, measures taken by the French government to prevent the spread of COVID-19 had multiple effects. Although it tried to protect the citizens against the virus, it also hurt a lot of people. With this case study, we try to understand this complex issue by approaching the psychological, sociocultural and ethnic aspects. “Our loved ones” has been created by three first year students of the Bachelor Security Studies from Leiden University.
June 30, 2022
Leave No Girl Behind
1 girl every 3 seconds gets forcibly married. This podcast discusses the issue of child marriage, its drivers and the negative consequences it poses on the victims. Child marriage is most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa, therefore this podcast focuses on this region. If you would like to help stop child marriage and support the organisations mentioned in this podcast, please find more information on their websites: VOW for Girls: Girls Not Brides: Music: Copyright-Free Piano Background Music -"Now the Silence" by Juan Sánchez
April 05, 2022
Season 2, Episode 9: Truthspiracy
In this podcast episode we critically analyze the crisis communication of the Dutch government during the covid-19 pandemic. We interview Daan de Wit, an independent Journalist & Researcher, and Jaap van Wissen, an expert in the field of policymaking. Together we take a look at how the information is structured after which we propose several policy changes for future crisis.
September 13, 2021
Season 2, Episode 8: The Netherlands - A Narco Nation?
This podcast was recorded by first year students of the Leiden University Bachelor of Security Studies programme as part of the course Integrated Project 1. 
September 13, 2021
Season 2, Episode 7: Mafia Shqiptare - The Unheard Stories
Contemporary organized crime groups are on the rise in societies throughout the world. It is a threat to human security due to the violent nature of these groups. In this podcast we delve deeper in one of the most notorious organized crime groups in Western societies today, the Albanian mafia. The Albanian organized crime groups are known for their violent nature and their involvement in human trafficking and drug trafficking throughout Europe and the United States. Our first episode is about the history of these groups and human trafficking. We will introduce you to the Albanian organized crime groups and the unheard stories of these groups. Logo Credits: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / lucidwaters
September 13, 2021
Season 2, Episode 6: One Click Away
As the pandemic shifts our lives online, there is always danger lurking in every corner of the Internet. What many may consider a safe space, might not be safe after all. This podcast dives deeper into the issues of online child sexual abuse by following a true story of a survivor. Join us as we discuss the victimization of children, perpetrator strategies, as well as preventive measures to protect yourselves. So that the internet may be a safe space for all! Organizations: INHOPE: Childnet International: EOKM (Expertisebureau Online Kindermisbruik): Europol: Music Credits: Track: THE MINIMAL by TimTaj © Buoancy by Chad Crouch is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). Disclaimer: We declare that we do not own the rights to this music. All rights belong to the owner. No Copyright Infringement Intended. Track: Reloaded by Savfk - Music Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library Track: What You Used To Be — Mauro Somm [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: Free Download / Stream:
September 13, 2021
Season 2, Episode 5: Masks and Fists
In Masks and Fists we focus on violence during corona protests in the Netherlands. This podcast will provide you with a broad view on this topic, by discussing different perspectives on the violence during these protests. We are joined by protester Steven de Oude and police officer René van Eck, who will provide you with their unique view on the Malieveld corona protest on March 14th 2020.
September 13, 2021
Season 2, Episode 4: Encrypted Executions
Crime occurs everywhere and in every place. Since some years ago, criminals have found a new place to peacefully talk to each other: Applications of encrypted communication. This podcast will dive into the world of the fight against the use of encrypted criminal communication. Together with help from experts in the field, this podcast discusses the ins and outs of encrypted criminal communication and this fight against it.
September 13, 2021
Season 2, Episode 3: Attacked by the System - A Deeper Look into Police Violence in France
In 2005, France, three Algerian boys were severely burned or killed after a police pursuit. The consequences of this were massive protests and even more police violence. Why did the police officers use excessive violence? Is the system to blame or was it the result of a few rotten apples? Can police violence really be justified? In this podcast we will discuss these questions and the underlying issues surrounding the police violence in France. 
September 13, 2021
Season 2, Episode 2: Domestic Danger
One out of twenty people has experienced domestic violence in the Netherlands. In this episode, we try to understand why domestic violence is so common in the Netherlands and what measures are being taken to reduce this number. Is the government doing a good job? Are the measures taken efficient enough? Keep listening to find out.
June 17, 2021
Season 2, Episode 1: The Carrot or the Stick? Comparing Prison Systems Worldwide
There are over 1.5 million people currently imprisoned in the United States. Have you ever wondered what the prison conditions in the US are compared to Nordic prisons? These two systems are often seen as opposites, while both having reasons for their existence. Are you interested in learning more about these systems and their implications? Then the Carrot or the Stick, a comparison of different prison systems worldwide, is the perfect podcast for you! We will bring you closer to the different criminal justice systems together with relevant experts who will give you some valuable insights into each system. Then it’s up to you, the audience, to decide what you personally support. Listen to our podcast to find out more! [Created in 2021]
June 16, 2021
Episode 15: Machismo - the Myths Surrounding Male Rape
A student-made one-episode podcast on the myths surrounding male rape. Our interviewees are male sexual abuse specialist Phil Mitchell and student Izabela Stanimirova.  Artwork provided by students.
July 31, 2020
Episode 14: The Truth Behind the Kafala System in Lebanon
This podcast episode focuses on the "Kafala System" - a migrant worker system used throughout the Middle East. In this episode, students focus specifically on the experiences of female migrant workers in Lebanon. 
June 25, 2020
Episode 13: Repression in Democracy - Police Violence During the Yellow Vests Protests
This podcast episode discusses police violence, using the yellow vests protests as their main case study. 
June 25, 2020
Episode 12: Hong Kong Burning
This podcast delves deeper into the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong. 
June 25, 2020
Episode 11: The Booze and Brawls Podcast
Hanging out with friends and drinking some beers are moments that you want to enjoy. However, are you aware of the risks of being the victim of physical violence in nightlife? In this podcast, we discuss the occurrence of physical fights in the night scene, and what the role of alcohol is in these situations. Join us as we unravel the different aspects of alcohol-related nightlife violence and discuss what must be done to inspire a change. All to make nightlife more enjoyable!
June 25, 2020
Episode 10: Down the Rabbit Hole
Juvenile crime was on a decline in the Netherlands over a decade until quite recently. In 2019, there was a break in the trend and a sudden increase in juvenile suspects. This increase reminds us to stay vigilant about juvenile crime; its causes, consequences, and most importantly, its prevention. Whether you are an avid law enforcement officer, ambitious policy maker or just a true crime enthusiast, this episode can help you tackle this problem. Tune in as the students dig deep into recent academic findings and hear the stories of professionals from the field. Get inspired to make a change and tackle crime in its cradle!
June 24, 2020
Episode 9: The Fight for Paramedics
Ambulance personnel have to deal with violence very frequently, as being attacked while trying to help is a regularity for them.  What kind of violence are we dealing with? What factors influence violence and how are they predicted? What are the psychological consequences and how is it being monitored? And of course, what can WE do about it? In this podcast, the students talk with (ex-)paramedics who share their personal stories to provide with an insight in what is, apparently, daily business.
June 24, 2020
Episode 8: Dangers of Nightlife
Who doesn’t know someone that has been attacked while going out? In public places, the aggression of people under the influence of drugs and alcohol is a serious issue, which is discussed in this podcast. Through the eyes of their two interviewees, Britt and Jesse, the students take you to the moment it all went wrong, and engulf you in the dangers of nightlife through your headphones.
June 24, 2020
Episode 7: Black and Blue
What is one of the most talked about issues in the US? Police violence. The topic has seen a resurgence recently, after the murder of George Floyd. A great deal of media are now concentrating on raising awareness on the matter of police violence, which oftentimes occurs towards African Americans. However, with our podcast, we focus on taking an objective look at the issue, with an attempt to equally research and interview the perspectives of African Americans as well as the police. The podcast discusses the root causes of police brutality incidents and proposes solutions.
June 24, 2020
Episode 6: There Is No Escape
“Stay at home” - this was the advice publicized widely throughout the world when countries around the world took an unprecedented decision to implement countrywide lockdowns. Covid-19 has certainly upended the lives of millions of people around the world and a lot has been discussed in the media. However, one of the lesser discussed topics is that of domestic violence.  What do you do, when your home is the last place you want to be or should be in? In this episode, the students discuss the societal response to this problem during this pandemic and speak with different stakeholders to suggest possible solutions.
June 24, 2020
Episode 5: Unraveled
In Unraveled, we explore sex trafficking of women in Europe. Using an academic, professional, and personal scope, we investigate the misunderstood and hidden industry that creates many victims each year. This episode features experts from multiple levels - including a chief inspector, an international coordinator for an NGO, and a scholar: who's also a survivor.
June 22, 2020
Episode 4: Isonomia - Here for Everyone
In a new world where regional conflicts are felt everywhere around the globe, there is a need to discuss the most controversial subjects and give a voice to everyone, especially the most vulnerable sections of the society. Therefore, in this episode, four students shine light on the situation of refugees in Greece and The Netherlands. In this episode, they interact with four experts on the topic and compare the situation in the two countries to find out what is happening with this vulnerable group and what kind of national policies are in place.
June 22, 2020
Episode 3: Blissful Shame
Blissful Shame refers to those who choose to live behind the veil of ignorance, as well as offenders hiding beneath their wealth and power. This podcast aims to shine a light on Afghan issues that have to this day been somewhat overlooked and undervalued: Sexual abuse, the hidden "bacha bazi" practice, and violence against female inmates in penitentiaries. This episode features interviews with a sociology professor associated with Utrecht University and an employee from the United Nations, who served in Afghanistan themselves. 
June 19, 2020
Episode 2: The Mind of the Right
In the Mind of the Right podcast, we are joined by Scott Ernest and Viktoria Drennen. They will share their experience as former alt-right members and explain aspects from the scene. Additionally, we will focus on what motivates people to join the alt-right movement, and use multiple psychological theories to deepen our understanding.  Music credits: Groove Grove by Kevin MacLeod (License)
June 19, 2020
Episode 1: Standing Up!
Three friends talking about tackling anti-Semitism. We’ll talk to experts and organizations to let us know what we and you can do to fight it. Personal stories will help us understand that anti-Semitism is not a problem of the past, it’s alive today. The Standing Up! Podcast - Standing up to anti-Semitism. #StandingUp! Want to follow up on what we talked about in this episode? Here are the websites of the organizations we’ve interviewed:
June 19, 2020
In this short episode, the tutors explain what the purpose of Integrated Project is and how students managed to create their own podcasts in just 7 short weeks. 
June 18, 2020