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


52 Pieces

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Ingrid Crepeau is a successful US-American puppeteer, performer and puppet-designer based in the Washington, DC area. Her time in Darmstadt, German...

Bought by WNYO


  • Added: Oct 30, 2019
  • Length: 26:38
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Big Pond, Credit: © Goethe-institut
Berlin and Los Angeles share a common problem: homelessness. Producer Caroline Porter reports on topic, which is the focus of the Goethe-Institut L...

Bought by WNYO and KICI


  • Added: Oct 30, 2019
  • Length: 13:22
  • Purchases: 2
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People of mixed heritage lead complex lives, often navigating between two racial and/or cultural identities. Producer Jocelyn Robinson, who lives t...

Bought by WNYO


  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 27:04
  • Purchases: 1
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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 inter...

Bought by WNYO


  • Added: Oct 09, 2019
  • Length: 21:55
  • Purchases: 1
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“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 capi...

Bought by WNYO


  • Added: Oct 02, 2019
  • Length: 19:45
  • Purchases: 1
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After moving from Cologne, Germany, to New York City, our producer Thomas Reintjes had trouble adjusting to walking in the bustling metropolis. Tra...

Bought by WNYO


  • Added: Sep 25, 2019
  • Length: 24:08
  • Purchases: 1
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In 1925, the African-American philosopher Alain Locke (1886-1954) launched a revolutionary black arts movement now known as the Harlem Renaissance....

Bought by WNYO


  • Added: Sep 18, 2019
  • Length: 34:12
  • Purchases: 1
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Chris Strachwitz is a man possessed. A “songcatcher,” capturing and recording the traditional, regional, down-home music of the US, his adopted hom...

Bought by WNYO and KWMR


  • Added: Sep 11, 2019
  • Length: 29:23
  • Purchases: 2
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Historically, New Orleans is a cultural, spiritual and ethnic melting pot. In the streets, you immediately come across signs of French, Caribbean, ...

Bought by WNYO


  • Added: Sep 04, 2019
  • Length: 13:32
  • Purchases: 1
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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 wo...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Aug 28, 2019
  • Length: 09:56
  • Purchases: 1
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Since 2016, the German scientists Sonja Schrepfer and her husband Tobias Deuse have led the Transplant and Stem Cell Immunobiology Lab at the Unive...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 14:56
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In these times of increased awareness of environmental protection, the bicycle is on the rise again. In Germany, especially medium-sized cities suc...

Bought by KWMR


  • Added: Aug 14, 2019
  • Length: 19:19
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Big Pond, Credit: © Goethe-institut
During the Nazi regime, many German artists, scientists, and other intellectuals found refuge in Southern California. The authors Lion Feuchtwanger...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2019
  • Length: 34:48
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In this radio travelogue, culture writer and journalist Bilal Qureshi explores Germany’s capital Berlin to find out about local origins, regulation...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 28:44
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In this episode, producer Katie Davis profiles German-American photographer Volkmar Wentzel who was born in Dresden, Germany in 1915 before moving ...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2019
  • Length: 12:31
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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. An...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2019
  • Length: 25:09
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On June 24, 1948, the Soviet military administration officially cut off roads and rails into West Berlin in the Berlin Blockade, isolating it from ...

Bought by KWMR, KICI, and Morton College Radio


  • Added: Jul 10, 2019
  • Length: 19:21
  • Purchases: 3
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German and American libraries have influenced each other’s development tremendously over the last few centuries. During this time, the library has ...

Bought by WNYO, KICI, and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 02, 2019
  • Length: 28:02
  • Purchases: 3
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Producer Jakob Lewis was born in a military hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. At the time, his dad was stationed at a U.S. army base in Wölfersheim, ...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2019
  • Length: 29:24
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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 th...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2019
  • Length: 42:29