Way back in January 2017, a number of international publications started reporting on the story of a 42-year-old, would-be Swiss woman named Nancy Holten (The Atlantic did a particularly good job here). By "would-be Swiss" I mean that she is Dutch by birth, had lived in Switzerland since she was a small child, raised her family in Switzerland, and was finally attempting to become a naturalized Swiss citizen. However, due to an old-school law that allows community members to vote on whether or not their neighbors' applications for citizenship are approved, Holten was denied her citizenship multiple times. The reason? They found her to be "too annoying."
I won't spoil the episode too much, but suffice it to say that Holten has a lot of strong opinions and isn't shy about sharing them, even when they run contrary to the traditions of the small village she calls home. Radiolab reporter and producer Kelly Primer hopped a flight to Zürich and took the short drive to the village of Gipf-Oberfrick to get to the bottom of things. She interviews Holten and her neighbors in an attempt to understand not only what happened with Holten's citizenship denial, but also what this case can tell us about a changing Switzerland and how they're dealing with it.
Listen to the full Radiolab episode here.