The Bear on KCRW Berlin

A front-row ticket to storytelling recorded live in Berlin

The Bear is a monthly storytelling show — a platform for true stories recorded live in Berlin. Tune in on the last Saturday of every month at 18:00.

If you would like to tell a story or attend the next Bear storytelling evening, go to https://www.thebear-storytelling.de/events.

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Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 at 17:00: Water stories

These true, personal stories were recorded live at The Bear on September 18 at the Shakespeare Company’s open-air stage in Berlin. The theme of the evening was water: stories of buoyancy.

The storytellers featured in this episode are Alexander Wragge, Sylvia Schoeningh-Taylor, Mike Trupiano and Annie Voigt. Musician Florian Ruland performed live.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at 18:00: Bad mistakes make good stories

This special edition of the “The Bear on KCRW Berlin” was produced for the “Fehler” project in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut in Washington, D.C.

These true, personal stories were recorded live at The Bear’s “Eve of the Champs” event on June 19, 2020 at Pfefferberg Haus 13. The theme of the evening was: Bad mistakes make good stories.

The storytellers featured in this episode are Galuh Rohmah, Annie Voigt, Renko Pauwels, Allia Sadeghipour and Denise Banks-Grasedyck. Illay Chester performed cello live.

Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 19:00: Paper stories (A version of this show first aired on Dec. 28, 2019)

This month, we revisit a show that aired at the end of 2019. The three stories you’ll hear in this episode were recorded on November 22, 2019 and first broadcast on KCRW Berlin last December.

The theme of the live show was paper. An ordinary material that can spark some pretty extraordinary memories.

The storytellers featured in this episode Galuh Rohmah, Mike Trupiano and Fabienne Lang. Berlin musician Felix Komoll performed live.

The Bear - theme regretSaturday, May 30, 2020 at 19:00: Stories of regret (Originally aired June 29, 2019)

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started shutting down public gatherings, The Bear event has not been able to take place in person.

But this is the show that gives you a front row seat to an evening of great storytelling, no matter where you’re listening from. So this month, we look back at our first ever episode, with stories recorded just over a year ago, in May 2019. The theme of the evening was stories of regret: if I could turn back time.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 19:00: Stories of passion

These true, personal stories were recorded live at The Bear on February 21 at ZENTRUM danziger50 in Prenzlauer Berg. The theme of the evening was wild: stories of passion.

The storytellers featured in this episode are Mike Trupiano, Ben McGuire, and Galuh Rohmah. Berlin musician Felix Komoll performed live.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 18:00: Stories of unforgettable firsts (part two)

These true, personal stories were recorded live at The Bear on January 17 at ZENTRUM danziger50 in Prenzlauer Berg. This is the second part of a two part show on the theme premiere: stories of unforgettable firsts.

The storytellers featured in this episode are Ben McGuire, David Mouriquand, and Fabienne Lang. Musician Yvonne Grünwald performed live.

Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at 19:00: Stories of unforgettable firsts (part one)

These true, personal stories were recorded live at The Bear on January 17 at ZENTRUM danziger50 in Prenzlauer Berg. This is the first part of a two part show on the theme premiere: stories of unforgettable firsts.

The storytellers featured in this episode are Dyane Neiman, Martin Bering, Eva Göllner, and Nelson Farber. Musician Yvonne Grünwald performed live.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at 19:00: Longest-night-of-your-life stories

These true, personal stories were recorded live at The Bear on December 14 at ZENTRUM danziger50 in Prenzlauer Berg. The theme of the evening was solstice: stories about the longest night of your life.

The storytellers featured in this episode are Ben McGuire, Emma Kitching, Allia Sadeghipour, Mike Trupiano, and David Mouriquand. Harpist Johanna performed live.

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at 19:00: Paper stories

These true, personal stories were recorded live at The Bear on November 22 at ZENTRUM danziger50 in Prenzlauer Berg. The theme of the evening was paper and the extraordinary memories such an ordinary object can spark.

The storytellers featured in this episode are Ben McGuire, Galuh Rohmah, Fabienne Lang, Mike Trupiano, and Rachel Jennings. Berlin musician Felix Komoll performed live.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2019 at 19:00: Stories of discovery

These true, personal stories were recorded live at The Bear on November 1 at Pfefferberg Haus 13. The show was presented in partnership with the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in honor of Berlin Science Week. On this month’s program, we feature four scientists who left the lab to enter the limelight and share stories on the theme: Eureka! Stories of discovery.

The storytellers featured in this episode are Emanuel Wyler, Doris Wu, Annie Voigt, and Emma Anne Harris. Illay Chester performed cello live.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at 19:00: Stories of chance encounters

These true, personal stories were recorded live at The Bear on September 26 at ZENTRUM danziger50 in Prenzlauer Berg. The evening marked the opening of The Bear’s fifth season and was presented in partnership with the social networking platform and dating app, Bumble. The theme of the evening was serendipity: stories of chance encounters.

The storytellers featured in this episode are Deep Dua, Allia Sadeghipour, Galina Fedulova, and Mike Trupiano. Berlin musician Felix Komoll performed live.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at 19:00: Fish-out-of-water stories (part two)

These true, personal stories were recorded live at at The Bear on June 14 at Maschinenhaus im Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg. This is the second part of a two part show on the theme alone: stories about being a fish out of water.

The storytellers featured in this episode are Fabienne Lang, Terence Mickey, and Raj Kumar. Note that some stories contain language that some people may find offensive. Berlin musician Felix Komoll performed live.

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at 19:00: Fish-out-of-water stories (part one)

These true, personal stories were recorded live at at The Bear on June 14 at Maschinenhaus im Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg. This is the first part of a two part show on the theme alone: stories about being a fish out of water.

The storytellers featured in this episode are Denise Banks-Grasedyck, Renko Pauwels, and Ben McGuire. Berlin musician Felix Komoll performed live.

Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 19:00: Stories of self-creation

These true, personal stories were recorded live at The Bear on February 15 at Meeet Pavilion in Mitte. The theme of the evening was handmade: stories of self-creation.

The storytellers featured in this show are Ben McGuire, J. Ryan, Galina Fedulova, and Mike Hurst. German singer-songwriter Erik Burmeister performed live.

The Bear - theme regretSaturday, June 29, 2019 at 19:00: Stories of regret

These true, personal stories were recorded live at The Bear on May 16 at Ballhaus Berlin in Mitte. The theme of the evening was stories about regret: if I could turn back time. What you would change if you could, and maybe what you wouldn’t.

The storytellers featured in this show are Bear founder Dyane Neiman, David Mouriquand, Eva Göllner, Anna Bolster, Stephanie Liao, and Renko Pauwels. Illay Chester performed cello live.