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Best The GoetheInstitut podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best The GoetheInstitut podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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In collaboration with radio producers and broadcasters from the US and Germany, The Big Pond is home to 50 podcasts produced by the Goethe-Institut over the next year, all of which are available for free on www.goethe.de/bigpond and via iTunes and Spotify. With features on topics such as music, sports, history, religion, language, and society, a multifaceted portrait of life in Germany and the US is conveyed.
 
Rock, pop, hiphop, electro: every month we shine our search beacon into the nations studios and clubs from Kiel up north to Weilheim way down south. Together with Zündfunk, Bavarian Radios scene magazine, we showcase the latest music by riveting off-the-charts bands.
 
What’s happening these days in classical music in Germany?
 
A Project of the Goethe-Institut New York
 
Radio D is a stand-alone language course which can be used either in conjunction with a teacher or without. - The audio language course Radio D comprises two series, each with 26 episodes. An English-speaking presenter takes the listener through the programme and, along with a guest, discusses structures and expressions used in the German language. Geographical, historical and institutional aspects are also included. - Each episode comprises information/summary and a synopsis of various expr ...
 
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With Music by: Gaddafi Gals, Deichkind, Steffi x Virginia, Trettmann, KreidlerBy Goethe-Institut
 
Ingrid Crepeau is a successful US-American puppeteer, performer and puppet-designer based in the Washington, DC area. Her time in Darmstadt, Germany in the late 1950s kindled her interest in puppeteering. For this episode of The Big Pond, our own Technical Director Flawn Williams reports on her transatlantic career.…
 
Berlin and Los Angeles share a common problem: homelessness. Producer Caroline Porter reports on topic, which is the focus of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and the Thomas Mann House in LA. This episode is a contribution of the Thomas Mann House to The Big Pond.By Caroline Porter for the Goethe-Institut
 
People of mixed heritage lead complex lives, often navigating between two racial and/or cultural identities. Our producer Jocelyn Robinson, who lives this experience, explores identity formation in the US and in Germany.By Jocelyn Robinson for the Goethe-Institut
 
Since the US Men’s National Soccer Team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, many American soccer players have been looking to sign onto international teams to better their skills and become more competitive. Players like Christian Pulisic, who got his start on the German team Borussia Dortmund, show promise for the future of soccer in the US.…
 
“It was chaos, it was total chaos.” When the Berlin Wall unexpectedly fell in 1989, it triggered a time of massive flux for the newly reunited capital of Germany. Subcultures and international trends combined with other creative forces to establish Berlin as a mecca for artists. For The Big Pond, KCRW Berlin speaks to Berliners who helped build ...…
 
With Music by: Ilgen Nur, Wanubalé, Die Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen, Die höchste Eisenbahn, Shari VariBy Goethe-Institut
 
After moving from Cologne, Germany, to New York City, our producer Thomas Reintjes had trouble adjusting to walking in the bustling metropolis. Traffic, crowds and high-rise buildings made it difficult for him to get away from everything. By sharing their personal experiences, the writers Lauren Elkin and Garnette Cadogan teach him how to walk ...…
 
In 1925, the African-American philosopher Alain Locke (1886-1954) launched a revolutionary black arts movement now known as the Harlem Renaissance. In this episode of The Big Pond, producer Bilal Qureshi traces Alain Locke’s ideas back to one city in particular – Berlin.By Bilal Qureshi for the Goethe-Institut
 
Chris Strachwitz is a man possessed. A “songcatcher,” capturing and recording the traditional, regional, down-home music of the US, his adopted home after his family left Germany following the end of World War II. His archive is jam-packed with 78s, LPs, 45s, reel-to-reels, cassettes, videos – a collection of all manner of recordings. For The B ...…
 
Historically, New Orleans is a cultural, spiritual and ethnic melting pot. In the streets, you immediately come across signs of French, Caribbean, Native American and Spanish influence. Hard to imagine that there were German immigrants here at one time! But once you know how to read the clues, the picture changes – producer Martina Groß explore ...…
 
With Music by: Deutsche Laichen, Rocko Schamoni, Burnt Friedmann, Natasha P., Move DBy Goethe-Institut
 
It seems like there are more people nowadays with tattoos than there used to be – of the body art is hidden, but most are quite visible. Men and women alike have black, gray and colorful designs covering their arms, legs, or even their entire bodies. Our producer Anne-Rose Heck tries to find out more bout how this phenomenon is spreading across ...…
 
Since 2016, the German scientists Sonja Schrepfer and her husband Tobias Deuse have led the Transplant and Stem Cell Immunobiology Lab at the University of California in San Francisco and the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf. It is funded by NASA, the National Institutes of Health and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. Ou ...…
 
In these times of increased awareness of environmental protection, the bicycle is on the rise again. In Germany, especially medium-sized cities such as Freiburg are aiming to create an infrastructure that encourages bicycling among their citizens. Our producer Anne-Rose Heck investigates the current developments for this episode of The Big Pond.…
 
With Music by: Richard Wagner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Astor Piazzolla, Manuel de FallaBy Goethe-Institut
 
During the Nazi regime, many German artists, scientists, and other intellectuals found refuge in Southern California. The authors Lion Feuchtwanger and Thomas Mann were two of the most prominent "exiles in paradise." Producer Kerstin Zilm takes us on a trip to their former homes in Los Angeles – the Villa Aurora and the Thomas House – both of w ...…
 
With Music by: Die Kerzen, JJ Whitefield, Matias Aguayo, Express Brass Band, Derya Yildirim + Grup SimsekBy Goethe-Institut
 
In this radio travelogue, culture writer and journalist Bilal Qureshi explores Germany’s capital Berlin to find out about local origins, regulations and daily rituals of silence. To his ears, German Stille sounds and feels more present than the pulsating noise of US-American cities – and this episode of The Big Pond is a personal quest to under ...…
 
In this episode, producer Katie Davis profiles German-American photographer Volkmar Wentzel who was born in Dresden, Germany in 1915 before moving to the US with his family in 1926. He grew up in Upstate New York, shortly after relocating to Washington, DC. In DC, he was hired by National Geographic and became one of their legendary field men w ...…
 
The Bauhaus school of art, architecture and design was founded in 1919 and lasted for only 14 years before the Nazis forced it to close in 1933. And yet, the Bauhaus and its founding members continue to have a profound impact on the design-, construction- and building-world that it is fair to call it one of the most influential schools to date.…
 
With Music by: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky, Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach, Fazil SayBy Goethe-Institut
 
On June 24, 1948, the Soviet military administration officially cut off roads and rails into West Berlin in the Berlin Blockade, isolating it from the rest of West Germany. In this episode of The Big Pond, KCRW Berlin reflects on the Berlin Airlift, a massive multinational effort to bring vital supplies to West Berliners via plane during the bl ...…
 
German and American libraries have influenced each other’s development tremendously over the last few centuries. During this time, the library has been defined as a space dedicated to research and knowledge - and books. These days institutions in both countries are faced with challenges brought on by rapid shifts in technology. Experts address ...…
 
With Music by: Holly Herndon, Andreas Spechtl, Kapote, Soft Grid, Angela AuxBy Goethe-Institut
 
Producer Jakob Lewis was born in a military hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. His dad was stationed at a U.S. army base in Woelfersheim, a nearby village. Jakob grew up hearing stories about his parents’ time in Germany during their early 20s, but Jakob doesn’t remember any of it. He left when he was six months old and he’s never been back. For t ...…
 
America is a country of immigrants. Most people know that Spanish is the most widely spoken language in the US besides English, but there’s more than just Spanish here - German immigrants helped found this country. In some parts of Texas, their culture and language still live on... But probably not for much longer. This funny-sounding dialect, ...…
 
With Music by: Antonio Vivaldi, anonym, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann, Anton Bruckner, Kurt WeillBy Goethe-Institut
 
Although it’s not certain who first wrote the recipe, the Black Forest cake has been fully embraced by the Black Forest community as an essential aspect of their cultural identity. On a quest to understand just how this confectionery classic came to be, producer Katharine Sammer journeys to its namesake, the Black Forest. There, she speaks with ...…
 
Hop on board Berlin’s Ringbahn, a suburban train that carries over 400,000 passengers each day and circles some of the city’s most authentic and lively neighborhoods. Producer trio Monika Mueller-Kroll, Sylvia Cunningham, and Nikki Motson dedicate a day to riding the Ringbahn around the city. During their trip, they interview an array of Berlin ...…
 
With Music by: Brandt Brauer Frick, Johanna Knutsson, Fatoni, Tellavision, Von SparBy Goethe-Institut
 
Milwaukee has been called the most German city in America - already in the 1840s, large numbers of Germans who were fleeing wars in Europe began settling in the city. In this episode of The Big Pond, our producer Carole Zimmer explores the experience of these first generation German immigrants and looks at how the city has changed for a younger ...…
 
Dieter Kosslick is one of the film world’s best known film festival directors. He’s put his stamp on the Berlin International Film Festival for the past 18 years, and the 69th edition of the festival in 2019 was his last. For The Big Pond, the The Kitchen Sisters talked to Dieter Kosslick and many of the people he collaborated with over the yea ...…
 
Rents in San Francisco have exploded in recent years; by now, the metropolis in Northern California has overtaken New York as the most expensive city in the US. In Germany’s capital Berlin, the issue of affordable housing is also a hot topic – some are even suggesting dispossessing companies owning more than 3,000 apartments.…
 
>With Music by: Robert Schumann, Dmitry Shostakovich, Georg Frederick Handel, Verdina Shlonsky, Erwin Schulhoff, others, Johannes BrahmsBy Goethe-Institut
 
Three women, two countries, one shared experience: Motherhood. From giving birth to receiving support – our producer Melissa Gerr looks at the role and expectations of being a mother in the US and in Germany, revealing some startling differences.By Melissa Gerr for the Goethe-Institut
 
With Music by: Fred & Luna, Mine, Ebow, Karl Hector & the Macouns, Levin goes LightlyBy Goethe-Institut
 
Over 200 years ago, German immigrant Henry Berger opened a bakery in East Baltimore - and since that day, Berger Cookies have been handmade in the city of Baltimore. Our producer Katie Marquette investigates this special, “unrestrained” cookie.By Katie Marquette for the Goethe-Institut
 
For some US students, escalating costs are putting college out of reach – whereas in Germany higher education is considered a right, tuition is normally even free. Meanwhile, German Universities are also creating degree programs entirely in English, thus eliminating the language barrier. For these reasons and others, Germany recently surpassed ...…
 
What is it like to be Muslim nowadays in the Midwest, the so-called Heartland of the US? And how does that reality connect to the one in Germany? Our producers Rosemary Pennington and Joe Sampson interviewed members of several Muslim communities as well as speakers of Muslim advocacy groups in the Cincinnati area.…
 
>With Music by: Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn, Weill, Gershwin, Chaplin, Burleigh, David Orlowsky Trio, diverseBy Goethe-Institut
 
As most of the Western world, the US and Germany have a waste problem – and recycling has been pushed by policymakers as one of the best ways to combat it. In Baltimore and Berlin, conversations with locals and experts reveal that recycling is not necessarily working as it should be on both sides of the Atlantic.…
 
The pretzel, known as a “Brezel” or “Brezn” in German, is not an ordinary pastry. It has a century-old history full of myths and stories. Where did it come from? Why does it have this special shape that vaguely resembles a hug? And how come it’s doused in lye? In this episode of The Big Pond, we trace the pretzel’s story from its origins to today.…
 
With Music by: Charlotte Brandi, Bernadette la Hengst, Apparat, The Modernist, XosarBy Goethe-Institut
 
In the historic city of Magdeburg, Germany, there is a Johnny Cash themed country music festival called Nashville Days - complete with corndogs and cowboy hats. This is one of the fruits of the sister city relationship between Nashville and Magdeburg. Our producer Jakob Lewis, a Nashville citizen, goes to Magdeburg to see where the rubber meets ...…
 
It is estimated that 30,000 Hessian soldiers fought for the British during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Where did they come from and what happened to the survivors after losing to the US Army? For The Big Pond, Rob Sachs visits the Hessian Barracks in Frederick, Maryland to find out more.…
 
With Music by: Johannes Brahms, Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann), Of Cabbages and Kings, Atac SezerBy Goethe-Institut
 
Germany is internationally renowned for its bread. With its diversity of more than 3,000 varieties the Germans are world champions of bread. Since 2014, German bread culture is even an immaterial world cultural heritage, recognized by UNESCO. But the traditional baker's craft is threatened because there is a lack of new blood and competition fr ...…
 
Between 1820 and World War I, nearly six million Germans immigrated to the US - in 2017, only about 5,000 made the trip. If Germans aren’t coming to the US anymore, what will happen to the German-American heritage societies that try to keep German culture alive in the US? Our producer Berit Mason investigates in Texas.…
 
With Music by: Daniel Haaksman, Jungstötter, Modeselektor, Josin, Die HeiterkeitBy Goethe-Institut
 
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