The Big Pond – A US-German Listening Series

Series produced by Goethe-Institut

Caption: The Big Pond, Credit: © Goethe-institut
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The Big Pond 

In collaboration with radio producers and broadcasters from the US and Germany, The Big Pond is home to up to 50 podcasts produced over the next year. With features on a wide variety of topics, a many-sided portrayal of life in Germany and in the US is drafted.

Our topics are as diverse as Germany and the United States – for example, there will be pieces on music, soccer, history, migration, food and drink, travelers, architecture, literature, and environmental issues.

The common thread is a focus on the things that sometimes connect and sometimes divide us – like the Big Pond we call the Atlantic – with high quality journalism, thorough research, and a preference for unfamiliar stories, points of view, and curious topics.

Visit our website: goethe.de/bigpond


24 Pieces

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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? O...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2019
  • Length: 15:29
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Most of the Western world has a waste problem, and recycling has been pushed by policymakers as one of the best ways to combat it. In Baltimore and...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2019
  • Length: 16:41
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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...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2019
  • Length: 33:17
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In the historic city of Magdeburg, Germany, there is a Johnny Cash themed country music festival called Nashville Days – complete with corndogs and...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2019
  • Length: 28:01
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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...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2019
  • Length: 23:47
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Germany is internationally renowned for its bread. With its diversity of more than 3,000 varieties the Germans are world champions of bread. Since ...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2019
  • Length: 24:27
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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 t...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2019
  • Length: 19:17
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Dimitri Hegemann, the mastermind behind the Berlin nightclub Tresor, has been nurturing an artistic connection between Berlin and Detroit since the...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2019
  • Length: 24:38
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Coffee is more than just a beverage – it can be a jumpstart to a day at work or a relaxing afternoon with friends. This episode explores the meanin...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 15:56
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“German baseball” may sound like an oxymoron, but the Bonn Capitals have successfully maintained a leading position in the German baseball league f...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2019
  • Length: 18:52
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St. Hildegard of Bingen was an 12th century German nun – a writer, composer of chants, mystic and visionary. You might be asking yourself, what on ...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2019
  • Length: 12:55
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German entrepreneurs and winemakers have shaped the manufacturing of wine in the US for over a century. Join our producer Gary Lee on a tour of thr...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2019
  • Length: 20:24
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Five generations have lived at the ‘Alexander Haus’ on Groß Glienicker See over the past century – enduring fascism, war, the division of Germany, ...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2019
  • Length: 19:45
  • Purchases: 1
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Every year, tourists from around the world flock to Southern Utah to take in the scenic landscape. Most travel by car, but some opt for a less trad...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 14:54
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Within the historic walls of Zion Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Maryland, you’re just as likely to hear a rousing polka band as sacred organ music....

  • Added: Jan 11, 2019
  • Length: 23:04
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Leigh Hamilton is a dramatic soprano who has been based in Germany for more than 17 years. This episode follows Leigh’s story, which takes her from...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2018
  • Length: 23:25
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Driven by a critical lack of skilled technicians, a group of largely German-owned manufacturers in Chicago have launched a new apprenticeship progr...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2018
  • Length: 35:03
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He is a soccer legend in Germany as player and as coach: Jürgen Klinsmann. After leading the German national team to a third-place finish in the 20...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2018
  • Length: 20:49
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Germany’s beer influence has spread around the world, and one of the epicenters of this trend is New York City. There are now more than two dozen b...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2018
  • Length: 18:35
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Thomas Buergenthal saw the Nazi concentration camps through a child’s eyes. Luckily, he survived and later became a lawyer and eventually a judge o...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2018
  • Length: 22:54
  • Purchases: 1