Goethe-Institut

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  • Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
The Goethe-Institut USA (German Cultural Center), in cooperation and collaboration with American and German radio producers and broadcasters, will produce a series of 50 radio features: “The Big Pond. A US-German Listening Series”. We want to give voices from the USA and Germany a chance to tell their stories, making great radio and great audio. Germany and German culture is not the central aspect of the programming – each episode will only have a small connection to Germany – instead, our emphasis is on dialogue and interesting places, people, and things. 

The programs will be designed for broadcast nation-wide in the United States on a weekly basis. All features will be available for free download in podcast format.

Series

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8 Pieces

Simply put, a “Fehler” is a mistake, but it’s also the response to one of life’s big questions: how do we innovate and make progress? Our answer: often by mistake. This podcast takes a deep dive into some of the best errors, faults, and flaws out there.

Caption: The Big Ponder, Credit: © Goethe-institut
65 Pieces

This transatlantic podcast explores abstract concepts and phenomena through personal radio essays. Every other week, one of our producers transforms a broad topic into a captivating story told from a US-German perspective.


Pieces

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Working with personal diary entries, Dina Elsayed and Monika Müller-Kroll take listeners on a journey through the seasons to different places in th...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2021
  • Length: 28:11
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There exists a strong tradition of hunting in both Germany and the U.S. However, the cultures surrounding this pastime differ more than you might t...

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  • Added: May 20, 2021
  • Length: 28:54
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Is ‘home’ a place or more of a feeling? Jocelyn Robinson speaks with three American expats who unpack the relationship between self and place, draw...

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  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 27:58
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What happens when you uproot an American institution like the diner and place it somewhere entirely new — like Germany? Florenz Gilly and Leon Ginz...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 30:32
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Inspired by a year of forced isolation, essayist Bilal Qureshi explores the history, landscape, and meaning of friendship across cultures. At the h...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2021
  • Length: 28:47
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One day, Jakob Lewis receives an email from a German man named Ingo asking to be his pen pal. The close relationship they develop teaches Jakob tha...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 27:55
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Caption: The Big Ponder, Credit: © Goethe-institut
Producer Alex van Oss ponders the external, internal, and eternal meanings of buildings in his Washington, D.C. neighborhood. The result is a perso...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 28:00
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In both Germany and the U.S., the flag can be divisive, eliciting pride in some and unease in others. From patriotism to protest, Jocelyn Robinson ...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2021
  • Length: 28:10
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Caption: The Big Ponder, Credit: © Goethe-institut
Since World War II, there have been countless American GIs stationed at military bases all over Germany. Sylvia Cunningham and Monika Müller-Kroll ...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2021
  • Length: 28:52
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Katie Davis tells the story of an inadvertent provocation between two boys at a teen center in her Washington, D.C. neighborhood, the conflict that...

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2021
  • Length: 24:52
  • Purchases: 1