A U.S.-German Listening Series
To mark Deutschlandjahr, Goethe Institut USA has partnered with KCRW Berlin, amongst other radio producers and broadcasters from the US and Germany, to bring you “The Big Pond.”
“The Big Pond” is a series of podcasts spanning topics such as music, sports, history, and more – bridging the gap across the Atlantic and underscoring what the two countries share. Starting on August 6, we will be highlighting selected episodes of “The Big Pond,” airing one every Tuesday at 21:00, through November. The first piece to air will be KCRW Berlin’s exploration of Berlin’s Ringbahn.
Tune in beginning Tuesday, August 6 at 21:00.
Produced by Bilal Qureshi
In this radio travelogue, culture writer and journalist Bilal Qureshi explores Germany’s capital Berlin to find out about local origins, regulations and daily rituals of silence. To his ears, German “Stille” sounds and feels more present than the pulsating noise of US-American cities – and this episode of The Big Pond is a personal quest to understand why.
Produced by Jakob Lewis
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, 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 hasn’t been back since.
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 – like Jakob’s mother three decades earlier, Catherine is pregnant with the couple’s first child.
Produced by Verónica Zaragovia
The Bauhaus school of art, architecture and design was founded in 1919, lasting only 14 years before the Nazis forced it to close its doors in 1933. Yet, the Bauhaus and its founding members continue to have a profound impact on the world of design, construction and building, making it one of the most influential schools to date.
Produced by Martina Gross
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 U.S. 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.
Produced by Nina Bohlmann
Like most of the Western world, the U.S. 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 either side of the Atlantic.
Produced by Frank Hofmann
Dimitri Hegemann, the mastermind behind the Berlin nightclub Tresor, has been nurturing an artistic connection between Berlin and Detroit since the early nineties. Hegemann wants to pay Detroit back for what its electronic music scene has done for Berlin – by converting former industrial spaces in Detroit into cultural hotspots.
Produced by Melissa Gerr
Three women, two countries, one shared experience: motherhood. From giving birth to receiving support – producer Melissa Gerr looks at the role and expectations of being a mother in the U.S. and in Germany, revealing some startling differences.
Produced by KCRW Berlin
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 Müller-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.
Produced by KCRW Berlin
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 Müller-Kroll, Sylvia Cunningham, and Nikki Motson interview some of those who experienced it firsthand.
Produced by The Kitchen Sisters
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 Kitchen Sisters talk to Dieter Kosslick and many of the people he collaborated with over the years, resulting in a career-spanning profile.
Produced by Kerstin Zilm
Jürgen Klinsmann is a soccer legend in Germany, as a player and a coach. After leading the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup, he coached the US 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.