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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 50 podcasts produced by the Goethe-Institut over the next year, all of which are available for free on www.goethe.de/bigpond and via iTunes and Spotify. With features on topics such as music, sports, history, religion, language, and society, a multifaceted portrait of life in Germany and the US is conveyed.

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  • 10.07.2019
    37 MB
    19:20
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    The Big Pond #36: Luftbrücke – 70 Years of Memories

    On June 24, 1948, the Soviet military administration officially cut off roads and rails into West Berlin in the Berlin Blockade, isolating it from the rest of West Germany. In this episode of The Big Pond, KCRW Berlin reflects on the Berlin Airlift, a massive multinational effort to bring vital supplies to West Berliners via plane during the blockade. To tell this story, producers Monika, Nikki, and Sylvia interview some of those who experienced it firsthand.

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  • 03.07.2019
    53 MB
    28:00
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    The Big Pond #35: The Library and the Book

    German and American libraries have influenced each other’s development tremendously over the last few centuries. During this time, the library has been defined as a space dedicated to research and knowledge - and books. These days institutions in both countries are faced with challenges brought on by rapid shifts in technology. Experts address the threat that technology poses and weigh in on the future of the library in the era of digitization.

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  • 26.06.2019
    56 MB
    29:22
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    The Big Pond #34: Finding My Parents

    Producer Jakob Lewis was born in a military hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. His dad was stationed at a U.S. army base in Woelfersheim, a nearby village. Jakob grew up hearing stories about his parents’ time in Germany during their early 20s, but Jakob doesn’t remember any of it. He left when he was six months old and he’s never been back. For this episode, Jakob and his wife Catherine set out on a journey to retrace his parents’ footsteps - what they didn’t realize was just how closely their journeys would be linked.

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  • 19.06.2019
    55 MB
    28:54
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    The Big Pond #33: Texas German - Auf Wiedersehen to a Dialect

    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 than just Spanish here - German immigrants helped found this country. In some parts of Texas, their culture and language still live on... But probably not for much longer. This funny-sounding dialect, a mixture of Texan English and German from the immigrants who settled here in the mid-1800s, is slowly dying out.

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  • 12.06.2019
    36 MB
    19:14
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    The Big Pond #32: Getting to Know the Gateau

    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 aspect of their cultural identity. On a quest to understand just how this confectionery classic came to be, producer Katharine Sammer journeys to its namesake, the Black Forest. There, she speaks with local experts about the region’s history, the cake’s origins, and the significance it holds for the community and their ancestors.

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  • 05.06.2019
    45 MB
    23:40
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    The Big Pond #31: The Berlin Ringbahn

    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 lively neighborhoods. Producer trio Monika Mueller-Kroll, Sylvia Cunningham, and Nikki Motson dedicate a day to riding the Ringbahn around the city. During their trip, they interview an array of Berliners entering and exiting at the train’s 27 stops, each station an entry into one of Berlin’s distinct districts.

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  • 29.05.2019
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    12:03
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    The Big Pond #30: Milwaukee’s German Heritage

    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 settling in the city. In this episode of The Big Pond, our producer Carole Zimmer explores the experience of these first generation German immigrants and looks at how the city has changed for a younger generation in the way that they relate to German culture.

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  • 22.05.2019
    52 MB
    27:04
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    The Big Pond #29: Dieter Kosslick’s Last Red Carpet Ride

    Dieter Kosslick is one of the film world’s best known film festival directors. He’s put his stamp on the Berlin International Film Festival for the past 18 years, and the 69th edition of the festival in 2019 was his last. For The Big Pond, the The Kitchen Sisters talked to Dieter Kosslick and many of the people he collaborated with over the years, resulting in a career-spanning profile.

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  • 15.05.2019
    61 MB
    31:53
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    The Big Pond #28: Exploding Rents in San Francisco and in Berlin

    Rents in San Francisco have exploded in recent years; by now, the metropolis in Northern California has overtaken New York as the most expensive city in the US. In Germany’s capital Berlin, the issue of affordable housing is also a hot topic – some are even suggesting dispossessing companies owning more than 3,000 apartments.

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  • 08.05.2019
    47 MB
    24:45
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    The Big Pond #27: Welcome to Motherland

    Three women, two countries, one shared experience: Motherhood. From giving birth to receiving support – our producer Melissa Gerr looks at the role and expectations of being a mother in the US and in Germany, revealing some startling differences.

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  • 01.05.2019
    32 MB
    17:01
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    The Big Pond #26: No Restraint - Berger Cookies and the City of Baltimore

    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 city of Baltimore. Our producer Katie Marquette investigates this special, “unrestrained” cookie.

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  • 24.04.2019
    37 MB
    19:23
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    The Big Pond #25: US-American Students in German Universities

    For some US students, escalating costs are putting college out of reach – whereas in Germany higher education is considered a right, tuition is normally even free. Meanwhile, German Universities are also creating degree programs entirely in English, thus eliminating the language barrier. For these reasons and others, Germany recently surpassed China, becoming a top-five destination for US-American students.

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  • 17.04.2019
    29 MB
    15:28
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    The Big Pond #24: Being Muslim in the Midwest

    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? Our producers Rosemary Pennington and Joe Sampson interviewed members of several Muslim communities as well as speakers of Muslim advocacy groups in the Cincinnati area.

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  • 10.04.2019
    32 MB
    16:40
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    The Big Pond #23: Sorting Out Recycling

    As most of the Western world, the US and Germany have a waste problem – and recycling has been pushed by policymakers as one of the best ways to combat it. In Baltimore and Berlin, conversations with locals and experts reveal that recycling is not necessarily working as it should be on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • 03.04.2019
    55 MB
    28:36
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    The Big Pond #22: The Story of the Brezn

    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 it come from? Why does it have this special shape that vaguely resembles a hug? And how come it’s doused in lye? In this episode of The Big Pond, we trace the pretzel’s story from its origins to today.

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  • 27.03.2019
    53 MB
    27:59
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    The Big Pond #21: What’s a Sister City Really?

    In the historic city of Magdeburg, Germany, there is a Johnny Cash themed country music festival called Nashville Days - complete with corndogs and cowboy hats. This is one of the fruits of the sister city relationship between Nashville and Magdeburg. Our producer Jakob Lewis, a Nashville citizen, goes to Magdeburg to see where the rubber meets the road for Sister Cities' idealistic vision to “promote peace one individual, one community at a time.”

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  • 20.03.2019
    37 MB
    19:26
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    The Big Pond #20: Hessian Barracks in Maryland

    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 what happened to the survivors after losing to the US Army? For The Big Pond, Rob Sachs visits the Hessian Barracks in Frederick, Maryland to find out more.

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  • 13.03.2019
    36 MB
    19:02
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    The Big Pond #19: German Bread - A Nourishing Craft

    Germany is internationally renowned for its bread. With its diversity of more than 3,000 varieties the Germans are world champions of bread. Since 2014, German bread culture is even an immaterial world cultural heritage, recognized by UNESCO. But the traditional baker's craft is threatened because there is a lack of new blood and competition from large-scale bakeries and cheap prebake stations.

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  • 06.03.2019
    37 MB
    19:16
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    The Big Pond #18: German-Texan Heritage Societies

    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 to the US anymore, what will happen to the German-American heritage societies that try to keep German culture alive in the US? Our producer Berit Mason investigates in Texas.

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  • 27.02.2019
    36 MB
    19:05
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    The Big Pond #17: The Detroit-Berlin-Connection

    Dimitri Hegemann, the mastermind behind the Berlin nightclub Tresor, has been nurturing an artistic connection between Berlin and Detroit since the early nineties. Hegemann is trying to pay Detroit back for what its electronic music scene has done for Berlin - by converting former industrial spaces in Detroit into cultural hotspots.

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  • 20.02.2019
    30 MB
    15:55
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    The Big Pond #16: Culture of Coffee

    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 meaning of coffee across cultures, from Baltimore to Berlin, including the typically German tradition of afternoo

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  • 13.02.2019
    36 MB
    18:51
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    The Big Pond #15: American Sports in Germany

    German baseball may sound like an oxymoron, but the Bonn Capitals have successfully maintained a leading position in the German baseball league for years. The success of the Capitals can be traced back to earlier times when Bonn was the capital of Germany and home to a large American community that popularized the sport.

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  • 06.02.2019
    24 MB
    12:55
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    The Big Pond #14: St. Hildegard of Bingen

    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 earth does an 12th century nun have to do with life today? What does medieval chanting have to do with music today? It turns out, a lot.

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  • 30.01.2019
    39 MB
    20:23
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    The Big Pond #13: German-style Wines in the US

    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 three US vineyards with surprisingly German roots to see the full scope of German influence on this industry in the US.

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  • 23.01.2019
    38 MB
    19:44
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    The Big Pond #12: A House for Reconciliation

    Five generations have lived at the Alexander Haus on Groß Glienicker See over the past century - enduring fascism, war, the division of Germany, and the Fall of Communism. Now, the former family home has undergone yet another transition into an educational center.

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  • 16.01.2019
    28 MB
    14:53
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    The Big Pond #11: Germans on Harleys

    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 traditional mode of transport. Ride along as our producer Scott Carrier accompanies a German motorcycle club on their trip through the Red Rock Canyons.

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  • 09.01.2019
    44 MB
    23:02
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    The Big Pond #10: Faith, and a Side of Sour Beef

    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. For more than 250 years, the congregation has remained dedicated to its German immigrant heritage, faith, and ministry. Now, they’re grappling to find the right balance that will carry Zion Church into the future.

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  • 19.12.2018
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    23:24
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    The Big Pond #09: A Singer’s Life

    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 small-town in Ohio to metropolitan Berlin where she now trains the next generation of singers for the rigors of the stage in her private voice studio.

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  • 05.12.2018
    56 MB
    29:31
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    The Big Pond #08: German-style Apprenticeships in the US

    Driven by a critical lack of skilled technicians, a group of largely German-owned manufacturers in Chicago have launched a new apprenticeship program based on German education models. This idea is now spreading to a number of American companies.

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  • 28.11.2018
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    15:46
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    The Big Pond #07: Klinsmann in California

    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 2006 World Cup, he also coached the U.S. men’s soccer team from 2011 to 2016. But now, Klinsmann is anything but retired: In the summer of 2018, he created the SilverLakes Cup, an international youth soccer tournament in Southern California.

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  • 21.11.2018
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    14:21
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    The Big Pond #06: Suds an Stories

    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 beer gardens and halls in the city. And every year, Oktoberfest celebrations are held in all of the five boroughs, lasting several weeks.

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  • 14.11.2018
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    22:55
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    The Big Pond #05: Thomas Buergenthal - A Lucky Child

    Thomas Buergenthal saw the Nazi concentration camps through the eyes of a child. Luckily, he survived and later became a lawyer and eventually a judge on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the International Court of Justice in The Hague in the Netherlands and the United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador.

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  • 07.11.2018
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    13:36
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    The Big Pond #04: The Colossi of Buffalo

    Buffalo, New York, was at one time the world’s foremost grain port. More than a dozen enormous grain silos still attest to that fact: Awesome colossi made of wood, steel, and reinforced concrete. Their surreal quality also fascinated European pioneers of modern architecture, including Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe.

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  • 31.10.2018
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    11:01
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    The Big Pond #03: Revitalizing Downtown Atlanta with German Investors

    When Jake Nawrocki had the idea to revive the Southside of downtown Atlanta – which could take 10 to 20 years – he had to find investors interested to commit for the long term. He found a partner in Olaf Kunkat, a German real estate investor.

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  • 17.10.2018
    55 MB
    28:43
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    The Big Pond #02: A Day With John Lennon

    In 1975, the German journalist Frances Schoenberger interviewed John Lennon in New York, a dream gig for her – but this interview was never published. For The Big Pond, Schoenberger listens to the recordings again for the first time in more than 40 years, recalling what she calls the best day of her career.

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  • 03.10.2018
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    10:42
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    The Big Pond #01: The Things We Brought

    There are things that hold history for each of us - a stitch, a book, a hat - things that we carry around for our whole lives. In this episode, we hear three stories about things that were brought to the U.S. from other countries and what they mean to their owners.

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