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, starting June 29.

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

Saturday, November 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, October 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, September 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, August 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.