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Welcome to Radio GDR! We are a history podcast dedicated to preserving the life and times of East Germany. Please check out our episodes and leave us a review!

Recent Episodes

Ralph Hänel, Part II - "Can I borrow your baby?", Stasi Handcuffs and the Book of Poison

Sept. 29, 2022

Welcome to another incredible episode of Radio GDR. Judging by your extremely positive reaction, you thoroughly enjoyed part 1 of our three part interview with Ralph Hanel, Kung Fu Master, former stasi prisoner and an incred…

Ralph Hänel, Part I - My Father and the Stasi Lawyer

Sept. 13, 2022

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another episode of Radio GDR. This is your host Steve Minegar, and the next three episodes will truly be a humbling and eye opening experience for all of us. On the Cold War Conversations podc…

Artists Take on The State! Experimental Art in Late East Germany, with Sara Blaylock

Aug. 22, 2022

Did you know East German artists used their Stasi files as artwork after the fall of the Berlin wall? Ever heard of the Erfurt Women's Artists Group who stormed the Stasi Headquarters in their city? These were jaw-dropping f…

The Things They've Seen - Reflections on WWII and the Cold War by German Eyewitnesses, with Daniel Burghard

Aug. 4, 2022

I often speak about what a privilege it is to preserve the stories of the past, many of which are disappearing quickly, through this podcast. You our contributors and listeners are truly helping us to advance that mission. I…

Overlooked No More - Female Directors in East Germany's DEFA Films

July 13, 2022

There is no shortage of recent articles regarding the too long overlooked subject of female directors. While many of these articles are specific to the women directing films today (Patty Jenkins, Kelly Reichardt, Kathryn Big…

Gay Spies and LGBT Activism in East Germany, with Samuel Clowes Huneke

June 29, 2022

Gay spies and espionage….absolutely one of the most incredible topics you can study about the GDR. On today's episode of Radio GDR, we are going to dive into the topic of LGBT espionage, life and struggle for equality behind…