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The Americans

This podcast is about America today. It takes a closer look at politics and society, and has a special focus on people and their stories – stories that give you an up-close, personal and differentiated look at America.

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  • 01.07.2020
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    #31 Kenneth Roth, what does COVID-19 have to do with human rights?

    This episode’s interview guest is none other than Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth. He has been at the helm of the NGO for 27 years. Under his leadership, it has developed into an international organization with real impact. With Chelsea he talks about its biggest achievements and about the ongoing human rights violations in Syria, Hungary and China. He also discusses the deterioration of US leadership on issues of civil liberties and what this means for Europe.

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  • 03.06.2020
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    #30 Amy Stebbins, how has the coronavirus infected the art world?

    Amy Stebbins is an American living in Germany. She is a writer and director for theater and opera. She says that there are extensive differences in the way the art industry is being affected by the lockdown in Germany and the United States.

    A well-known name in the art scene, she holds a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Germanic Studies and Cinema & Media from the University of Chicago.

    In this episode you will hear an excerpt from a house-recording of an opera called Mauerschau conducted by Oksana Lyniv. The music is by Hauke Berheide; the singers are Adriana Bastidas-Gamboa, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Joshua Owen-Mills, Frederic Jost, Leela Subramaniam and Hanna Herfurtner. Another excerpt is from a piece called The Death of Orpheus. The song you will hear was written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse; the new arrangement is by Richard Whaling; the voice is Amy Stebbins.

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  • 27.05.2020
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    #29 Sarah E. Hill, is the pill changing how women think and feel?

    The FDA approved the pill almost exactly 60 years ago, on May 9, 1960. It changed women’s lives dramatically. It was the first birth control method that was undetectable by a partner - and it also wasn’t an invasive procedure.

    Now, after decades, we’re discovering that the side effects of this form of birth control may be farther-reaching than we thought. One of leading scientists in this field is Dr. Sarah E. Hill. She’s a Professor of Social Psychology at TCU in Fort Worth. There she heads an interdisciplinary research team which also investigates the effects of hormonal contraception. Some of the most compelling findings are in her newest book How the Pill Changes Everything, or in German, Wie uns die Pille verändert. What she has to say is eye-opening not only for women - but for men as well.

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  • 20.05.2020
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    #28 Susan B. Glasser, what three words describe Trump’s Washington?

    Susan B. Glasser is a correspondent in Washington, DC for The New Yorker. In my interview with her she talks about the brave new world we’re living in right now. She explains how the coronavirus pandemic is “the ultimate clarifying moment,” shining a spotlight on the weaknesses of American society – and of those leading the country.

    Susan is known for her weekly column "Letter from Trump's Washington." A selection of her articles has now been published as a German-language book by Weltkiosk under the title "Briefe aus Trumps Washington."

    She was born in the late 1960s in Montclair, a township in New Jersey, and graduated from Harvard University. Her parents are founders of a weekly legal newspaper and publishing company, and her grandfather supervised the field trials for the polio vaccine. She has been married to Peter Baker, Chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, for 20 years now. You may know her from the Washington Post, where she spent a decade covering the Clinton impeachment and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also served as Moscow co-bureau chief and is an expert on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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  • 13.05.2020
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    #27 Nicole Stott, how does an astronaut deal with isolation?

    Nicole Stott says that mankind needs to act like space station crew members in this crisis, working together. She is one of the very few female astronauts who have seen the world from outer space - and she is even a spacewalker. She worked at NASA for 27 years as an engineer in a number of positions. She completed two space flights in 2009 and 2011 and also spent time on the International Space Station.

    Stott was born in Albany, New York, but she now lives with her husband and their son in St. Petersburg, Florida. There, Stott once started her extraordinary career at St. Petersburg College, studying aviation administration at the Aeronautical University. After that, she received her M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida.

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  • 06.05.2020
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    #26 Warren Marine, is it easier to be a CEO in the U.S. or Germany right now?

    Warren Marine is head of the Country Practice USA at KPMG Germany. The multinational professional services network is one of the Big Four accounting organizations worldwide. Marine is also treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany. The organization strives to enhance global economic and trade relations built on a foundation of American and German partnership. Marine is an American-born transatlantic business expert who has been living in Germany for nearly 20 years.

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  • 29.04.2020
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    #25 Kimberly Marteau Emerson, what is Germany doing right in this crisis?

    Kimberly Marteau Emerson is an attorney and human rights advocate who moved to Berlin as a U.S. ambassador’s wife in 2013. Working on her memoirs, she currently resides in Germany while her husband and daughters are back home in Los Angeles.

    She talks about the differences in the ways the German and U.S. governments are handling the corona crisis right now. She also delves into U.S. politics, female leadership and the challenges of being the partner of a diplomat.

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  • 22.04.2020
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    #24 Susan Mac Cormac, how can new corporate form help save the planet?

    The idea that the COVID-19 crisis could push the reset button on different aspects of our lives is something we’ve been hearing quite a lot these days. One of the places we’re hearing it is on the stock markets.

    Susan Mac Cormac is an expert when it comes to impact investment - a relatively new trend from the United States which can be observed on stock markets worldwide. Impact investment is not just about making money; it is also about responsible investing - doing something good for society or the environment while generating financial returns.

    Mac Cormac is a corporate partner at the law firm Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and chairs the Energy and Social Enterprise and Impact Investing practices. Her focus is on late-stage financings, secondaries and other corporate transactions for investors as well as investments for parties dedicated to impact.

    She was named a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) by Daily Journal in 2012 and 2016 and the Most Innovative Lawyer in North America by the Financial Times in 2015.

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  • 15.04.2020
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    #23 Rebecca Makkai, can we fairly compare and contrast pandemics?

    Rebecca Makkai is a novelist and short-story writer. She grew up in Lake Bluff, Illinois to parents who were linguistics professors. Her paternal grandmother was a well-known actress and novelist in Hungary. Makkai herself has published three novels so far.

    The Great Believers was published in 2018 and selected as one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018. The book was also a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. The story is set during the time of the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Chicago – and in contemporary Paris, pre-corona. It tells two intertwining stories about people who struggle to find goodness in times of crisis.

    The German of edition of the book is called Die Optimisten.

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  • 08.04.2020
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    #22 John M. Barry, what have we learned from past pandemics?

    John M. Barry is a historian and a prize-winning New York Times best-selling author of non-fiction work. Two of his books directly involved him in policy-making in the United States.

    After Hurricane Katrina, he was a member of a board responsible for disaster response. After the SARS outbreak in 2004, he began working with federal government entities on preparing for another influenza pandemic. He has served on the federal government's Infectious Disease Board of Experts.

    His New York Times bestseller was published in 2004, “The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History “

    John M. Barry was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he graduated from Brown University. He now lives in New Orleans.

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  • 01.04.2020
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    #21 Ashoka Mody, can our economies survive the corona crisis?

    Ashoka Mody is an economics professor at Princeton University. During the financial crisis he worked at the International Monetary Fund and designed the 2009 international bailout of Ireland’s banking system.

    Mody is also known for his book EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts, an account of the euro's history and consequences. It was chosen by both Foreign Affairs and The Financial Times as one of the best books of 2018.

    He has now turned his attention to the economic and financial implications of the coronavirus.

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  • 25.03.2020
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    #20 Mark Parkinson, can U.S. healthcare cope with COVID-19?

    Europeans – especially in Central and Northern Europe – are proud of their public healthcare systems. We on this side of the Atlantic often wonder why the United States is still discussing “medicare for all”. It’s difficult to understand why a large number of Americans don’t see the importance of a public healthcare system. How can the business-oriented healthcare system in the U.S. cope with this crisis? How will the closure of hundreds of hospitals in rural America over the past years affect the country’s ability to fight the virus?

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  • 18.03.2020
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    #19 Charles Rivkin, what is the film industry doing to be more eco-friendly?

    Charles Rivkin is chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association, for short: MPA. This American trade association represents the five major film studios of the United States, as well as Netflix. It established the film rating system and is tasked with ensuring the viability of the American film industry and promoting copyright protection. Charles Rivkin spoke with Chelsea Spieker about the goals and achievements of the MPA - and about the responsibilities of the film industry.

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  • 11.03.2020
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    #18 Sudha David-Wilp, what kind of stress test are the Democrats in for?

    Sudha David-Wilp is a senior transatlantic fellow and deputy director of the German Marshall Fund's Berlin office. She is expert for policy, transatlantic relations, U.S. Congress and German politics. She oversees the German Marshall Fund’s Congress-Bundestag Forum, engages with the media and covers transatlantic digital topics. Before moving to Berlin, she was the director of international programs at the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress in Washington, DC for nearly eight years. She received her bachelor’s from Johns Hopkins University, with a major in International Relations. She holds a Master’s in International Relations from Columbia University.

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  • 04.03.2020
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    #17 Patrice McMahon, how much do big NGOs help themselves?

    Patrice McMahon is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She delved into the role of NGOs in her book „The NGO Game“ - looking at the concrete examples of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. She comes to a sobering conclusion. International aid organizations are not necessarily the ones that really help.

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  • 26.02.2020
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    #16 Doug Wead, how was your time in the Trump White House?

    Doug Wead is a conservative commentator, writer, historian and politician. He has published more than 30 non-fiction books including several biographies of presidents and presidential families, among them Ronald Reagan and the Bush family.

    His latest work is called “Inside Trump's White House: The Authorized Inside Story of His First White House Years“ – in German: “Donald Trump: Die wahre Geschichte seiner Präsidentschaft.” The book covers everything from election night to the impeachment inquiry. Wead talked to Trump, his family and staff multiple times over the span of two years.

    Doug Wead was born in the mid-1940s in Muncie, a small city in Indiana. He was a special assistant to Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush as well as a senior adviser to the Ron Paul presidential campaign in 2012 and the Rand Paul campaign in 2016.

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  • 19.02.2020
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    #15 Laurie Halse Anderson, how do you go from victim to survivor?

    More than 20 years after her groundbreaking novel “Speak,” Laurie Halse Anderson has taken another step with her poetry memoir “Shout.” Her book reveals her own history as a survivor of sexual assault and deals with feelings of helplessness, depression and anger - but also with the healing process.

    Laurie Halse Anderson says in this interview: “Sometimes I want to set the world on fire and just start attacking government buildings with a large hammer because there are institutional changes that have to happen.” We talked about what those changes are and how we can all do our part.

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  • 12.02.2020
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    #14 Garry Kasparov, what are the real dangers of AI?

    Garry Kasparov is a former world chess champion, who many consider to be the greatest chess player of all time. He was born in Azerbaijan in the 1960s, which was at the time part of the Soviet Union. For nearly 20 years he was ranked No. 1 in the world. Kasparov’s most popular match became a defeat for him when he lost to the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in 1996.

    In 2005, Kasparov retired - and became a writer and political activist. He created a social movement which opposes Putin's government and which has the goal of securing democratic elections in Russia.

    In 2007, Kasparov entered the presidential race in Russia - but withdrew his candidacy just a few weeks later. After years of pressure from the Kremlin and having been detained several times during street protests, he left Russia. Kasparov has been living in the United States since 2013.

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  • 05.02.2020
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    #13 Karen M. McManus, how do we get teens to read books?

    Karen M. McManus is known for having her work on the New York Times Best Seller List for months at a time - and for her books being discussed online at length. Her novels have been translated into 40 languages, with teenagers around the world hooked on her thrillers. The Guardian once praised her work: “Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting, single-sitting thrillerish treat.”

    There is her 2017 debut, “One of Us is Lying,” and the sequel that has just been published in the U.S., “One of Us is Next.” In between, Karen M. McManus diverted to another place in 2018’s “Two Can Keep a Secret” - another thriller you can find at the top of the young adult best seller lists. A fourth book is slated to come out in December.

    Her stories read like a Netflix or TV series. And indeed, a series pilot based on one of McManus’ books was just produced. In my interview, she talks about how to write to catch the attention of young readers.

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  • 29.01.2020
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    #12 Jill Lepore, who are America’s true national heroes?

    We’re speaking with Jill Lepore, Professor of American History at Harvard University. In addition to this position, she also writes for The New Yorker and The New York Times on topics relating to history, law, literature and politics. Lepore has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, to name a few.

    She has been honored with numerous awards and distinctions although – or maybe because – she questions many aspects of America’s national history. She challenges national heroes and legends by focusing on missing evidence in historical records.

    Against this backdrop, she has written a 1,200-page-long opus, adding new pages to U.S. history: “These Truths: A History of the United States,” or as the German version is called, “Diese Wahrheiten: Eine Geschichte der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika.”

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  • 22.01.2020
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    #11 Randall Munroe, how do I answer questions I’ve never even had?

    This week Chelsea meets mathematician and author Randall Munroe.

    His new book is called “How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems”.

    Don’t try this at home

    It’s a self-help guide, with solutions for problems - that no one should ever try. It’s entertaining but “useless.”

    Randall Munroe was born in 1984 - and you might say he’s the perfect nerd - in the most positive sense of the word. His absurd answers to day-to-day questions make for quite the entertaining conversation.

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  • 15.01.2020
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    #10 Madeline Miller, how far back does feminism go?

    Madeline Miller is a Boston-born author who has dedicated her career to ancient Greek mythology. She draws parallels between the tales of heroes of ancient times and protagonists today.

    A new voice

    Her recent work centers around the Homeric works, “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” where we meet the character Circe. Miller’s novel “Circe” is her second book, released in April 2018. Told from the perspective of the character from “The Odyssey,” Miller tackles one of the world’s most enduring stories from a new point of view and gives a voice to the woman on the sidelines of Homer’s saga.

    Madeline Miller attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for over 15 years.

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  • 08.01.2020
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    #9 Jeremy Rifkin, why do we need a Green New Deal?

    Jeremy Rifkin is a rather atypical economist. He is an activist and political advisor who believes that mankind is at its most crucial crossroads. He believes that climate change gives us only two options: Either we radically change the way we are living or we cease to exist. Rifkin says that there is no room for error - and that succeeding in pulling it off is going to be a real long shot. It requires that all the stars be aligned and it requires an entire generation that has one sole mission: saving our human race.

    A Green New Deal

    Rifkin is ushering in a zero-carbon third industrial revolution. In his most recent book, “The Green New Deal,” he lays out why our fossil fuel civilization will collapse by 2028, and he also delivers a bold economic plan for saving life on earth. With floods and droughts around the globe, and with forest fires blazing at an unparallelled scale, Rifkin’s words should give us all pause for serious thought.

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  • 18.12.2019
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    #8 Andrew Ridker, where does self-interest end and altruism begin?

    This year Andrew Ridker has emerged as a true sensation among American authors. He published his first book this past spring. Critics are dazzled; five-star ratings keep rolling in from the general public. Gary Shteyngart, author of “Lake Success” calls the book "super brilliant, super funny."

    Baby-boomers vs. millennials

    “The Altruists” is a story about a family: The father tries to win back his son and daughter after years of no contact. It is a witty, playful study of the way the baby-boomer generation struggles with the disconnect with the millennial generation - and vice versa of course - while at the same time giving you room to reflect on yourself and your own family.

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  • 11.12.2019
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    #7 Neal Tilghman, how do opioid addicts get back on their feet?

    After last week’s episode with journalist Beth Macy about the opioid epidemic in the United States, we’re now hearing about the people directly affected - and what their best chance of recovery is. Millions of Americans have slid into drug addiction because they were prescribed opioid-based pain medication.

    Addiction is a disease

    In order to help them, we need to accept that opioid addiction is a disease and that people struggling with it deserve help. That’s what Neal Tilghman says. He is General Manager of Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment at Netsmart, a Kansas-based company in the healthcare industry. Neal knows first-hand what victims need, what needs to happen on the political front - and how we all can help.

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  • 04.12.2019
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    #6 Beth Macy, how addicted is the USA?

    Journalist Beth Macy spent seven years researching the opioid epidemic - a crisis that has been going on in the United States for some 20 years now. She talked with police officers, social workers, paramedics and doctors as well as addicts and their relatives. The opioid epidemic began in doctors’ offices and hospitals in the 1990s. Back then the pharmaceutical company Purdue launched an aggressive ad campaign to roll out its painkiller Oxycontin. Drug overdoses are now the cause of some 100,000 deaths every year in the United States. About two-thirds of those deaths are attributed to opioids. Overall, the addiction leads to more deaths per year than gun violence and car accidents combined.

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  • 27.11.2019
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    #5 John P. Carlin, are we seeing the dawn of a Code War?

    We’re venturing into a parallel world - one that only exists in the shadows. Into the world of bits and bytes - into cyberspace. It’s a realm where war is being waged every day, says my guest today. We’re meeting John P. Carlin, former Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice's National Security Division under Barack Obama. In that role, he and his 400 employees were responsible for protecting the United States from terrorism, espionage, cyber risks and other national security threats. Prior to assuming his role in the National Security Division, Carlin served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to Robert S. Mueller, III, former director of the FBI. Carlin offers deeper insight into this matter than any cybersecurity expert ever before - a man who can shed some light on this hidden world.

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  • 20.11.2019
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    #4 Daniel Ellsberg, are whistleblowers traitors or heroes?

    After having studied at Harvard and Cambridge, and serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Daniel Ellsberg started to work for the Pentagon in the mid-1960s. During the Vietnam War he worked as a military analyst for an American policy think tank. His job was to provide research and data to the United States Armed Forces.

    He discovered that government officials systematically lied to the public about the country’s involvement in Vietnam. After failed attempts to persuade war opponents in the Senate to release the information - compiled in a report called the Pentagon Papers - he leaked it to The New York Times and The Washington Post in 1971.

    So today we’re talking about whistleblowers, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Especially now with the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, it’s a conversation we need to have.

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  • 13.11.2019
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    #3 Frank Sportolari, is lasting business built on friendship?

    AmCham is Europe’s biggest bilateral trade association. Its main task is to foster German-American economic ties. AmCham connects its 2,300 members, among them, the biggest American employers in Germany, DAX companies, but also smaller businesses that want to get a foothold in the other country. Frank Sportolari knows what’s important for entrepreneurs, what issues they wrestle with - and why keeping a cool head is make-or-break.

    Sportolari’s focus is on keeping the transatlantic conversation going, so we can better understand each other.

    Setting the right tone

    Sportolari says that while Trump may not always hit the right tone, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s always wrong in what he says. Germany and Europe also have to meet their partner halfway and tackle some of the big issues we’re dealing with.

    Frank Sportolari was born in Chicago in the 1950s. He got his degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago - and worked for the US Department of Defense at the height of the Cold War.

    He started his career at the world’s largest logistics company, UPS, in the mid-1980s. Today he runs UPS’ business here in Germany.

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  • 06.11.2019
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    #2 Beverly Seebach, how crucial is the expat vote?

    With presidential elections coming up a year from now, a handful of the few thousand Democrats living in Germany are volunteering their free time to be an active part of politics in their home country. Beverly Seebach is one of them - and she’s doing all she can to make sure Donald Trump will not be spending another four years in the White House. Seebach is an American and an aerospace industry manager who has been living in Germany for over 30 years. She also volunteers her time to run communications for one of the German chapters of the Democrats Abroad - the official arm of the Democratic Party for Americans living overseas. So this week we’re talking about elections and presidency, about impeachment and whistleblowers - and about what it’s like for an American living in Germany.

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  • 29.10.2019
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    #1 Gary Shteyngart, does the American soul fit in a Greyhound bus?

    “2020 is going to be a frightening year,” says Shteyngart - "frightening" because of Donald Trump. Shteyngart doesn’t hold out much hope; he thinks Trump could indeed be re-elected. The Muller Report hasn’t changed public opinion much. The phone call with the Ukrainian president hasn’t really shocked the Trump base either. The impeachment inquiry is electrifying the political elite, but do the president's supporters really care?

    In his novel, Gary Shteyngart gets to the bottom of the Trump phenomenon. He puts his main character on a Greyhound bus and sends him out of Manhattan and into an America that has little to do with life on the at times hectic East Coast or the traditionally free-thinking West Coast. On the bus trip it becomes clear that Donald Trump has followers - and a good chance at becoming president.

    Shteyngart himself went on the bus trip - in the summer before Trump was voted into the White House president.

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  • 28.10.2019
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    The Americans - Starting this Wednesday

    This podcast is about politics, it’s about society, it’s about people and it’s about stories. Stories Chelsea would like to share with you to paint a more complete picture of the United States than you might get from just watching a news program or reading an article.

    We’ll be meeting people who make things happen - or have made a difference in the past. They’re people who have their own view of America.

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