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


36 Pieces

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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 ...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2019
  • Length: 19:21
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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 KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 02, 2019
  • Length: 28:02
  • Purchases: 1
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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
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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 a...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2019
  • Length: 19:15
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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 li...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2019
  • Length: 23:41
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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 se...

  • Added: May 29, 2019
  • Length: 17:28
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Rents in San Francisco have exploded in recent years; by now, the metropolis in Northern California has overtaken New York as the most expensive ci...

  • Added: May 15, 2019
  • Length: 31:54
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Three women, two countries, one shared experience: Motherhood. From giving birth to receiving support – our producer Melissa Gerr looks at the role...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: May 09, 2019
  • Length: 24:46
  • Purchases: 1
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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 ...

  • Added: May 01, 2019
  • Length: 17:02
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For some US students, escalating costs are putting college out of reach – whereas in Germany higher education is considered a right, tuition is nor...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2019
  • Length: 19:24
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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...

Bought by KRZA


  • Added: Apr 17, 2019
  • Length: 15:29
  • Purchases: 1
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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