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Aug. 4, 2022

The Things They've Seen - Reflections on WWII and the Cold War by Ger…

I often speak about what a privilege it is to preserve the stories of the past, many of which are disappearing quickly, through t…

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July 13, 2022

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

There is no shortage of recent articles regarding the too long overlooked subject of female directors. While many of these articl…

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June 29, 2022

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

Gay spies and espionage….absolutely one of the most incredible topics you can study about the GDR. On today's episode of Radio GD…

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June 16, 2022

Venceremos! Chilean Bands and Socialist Solidarity at East Germany's …

Venceremos! We will overcome! This one word defined the socialist political movement of Salvador Allende's presidency in Chile an…

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June 2, 2022

Ned Richardson-Little on The Human Rights Dictatorship - Socialism, G…

From an outside perspective, it would seem that human rights would be an idea that the East German regime would have had great di…

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May 18, 2022

"A House Divided Cannot Stand" - Designing Chapman University's Berli…

This episode seeks to answer a burning question - what does an artist do with a piece of the Berlin Wall? In our last episode, we…

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May 7, 2022

"Historical Memory" - How Dr. Jim Doti Brought the Berlin Wall to Cha…

There are many pieces of the Berlin Wall on display all around the world. How did universities, museums and other places secure t…

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April 29, 2022

Capitalism vs. Communism - Jeff Myers' "Crash Course" on Life in East…

We Radio GDR hosts all agree on this simple truth - our favorite interviews are of you the listeners and members of the Facebook …

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April 13, 2022

Taking Stock with Victor Grossman: The GDR's Achievements - Part I

In 1952, a 24-year old American soldier defected to the Eastern Bloc in order to avoid a US Army disciplinary hearing and what he…

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March 29, 2022

No Man's Land: Michael Califra's Crossings in Divided Berlin

In our first interview of season 3, we speak with Michael Califra, author of "No Man's Land," one of our favorite works of fictio…

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March 17, 2022

Season 3 - The Gang Are Back Together Again!

Welcome to Radio GDR Season 3! Join Steve Minegar, Shane Whaley, Anke Holst and John Paul Kleiner as we talk about what we’ve bee…

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Feb. 16, 2022

Season 3 Special Announcement (45)

Radio GDR co-hosts, Steve and Shane share news of the upcoming Season 3 and how you can help us!

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Jan. 6, 2022

A Strange Exchange: Brown University Students on the Loose in East Ge…

In this episode of Radio GDR our host John Paul Kleiner () interviews Debby Pattiz about the unusual semester she spent in the GD…

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July 29, 2021

The Grey Men: Pursuing the Stasi into the Present with Ralph Hope

What do you do with a hundred thousand idle spies? By 1990 the Berlin Wall had fallen and the East German state security service …

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June 27, 2021

Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall - with Tim Mohr

Thanks to Tim Mohr for taking time to speak with John Paul Kleiner (GDR Objectified blog) and Prof. Ed Larkey (University of Mary…

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June 11, 2021

Borderland Museum Eichsfeld - Touring the Inner German Border with Pa…

In this episode of Radio GDR - the East Germany podcast, we are joined by Patrick Hoffmann, assistant director, pedagogue and his…

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May 31, 2021

Lives of East Germans - The "Authentic Spirit" of Adelheid Wedel (40)

From being raised by a World War 2 veteran who spent time in a Soviet prison camp to having of view of the Berlin Wall from her a…

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May 20, 2021

More Ghosts of East Berlin - Celeste Barber's Fulbright Adventure in …

This episode of Radio GDR, the East Germany podcast, lives up to Paul Harvey's famous expression, "and now you know the rest of t…

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May 9, 2021

East German Football - The Turning Season: DDR-Oberliga Revisited wit…

A conversation with author Michael Wagg.  In The Turning Season, he goes in search of hidden histories and footballing ghosts fro…

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May 2, 2021

Bowling for Communism: Urban Ingenuity at the End of East Germany (36)

John Paul Kleiner chats with the author of Bowling for Communism: Urban Ingenuity at the End of East Germany. Andrew Demshuk.   …

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April 15, 2021

The Red Woodstock - Politics and Pop Music in East Germany Part 3

John Paul Kleiner and Dr Ed Larkey return to Radio GDR/The East Germany Podcast for part 3 in our series on East German Pop Music…

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April 7, 2021

East Germany, Chile and DEFA’s “Hidden Films” with Dr. Claudia Sandbe…

In this episode of Radio GDR East Germany podcast, Steve Minegar speaks with Dr. Claudia Sandberg. a film scholar and filmmaker a…

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March 19, 2021

Interview with Helge Heidemayer, Director, Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Me…

On today's episode of the East Germany Podcast, GDR Objectified's John Paul Kleiner and Shane Whaley chat with the Herr Helge Hei…

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March 10, 2021

Politics and Pop Music in East Germany Part 2 (33)

In this episode, our hosts return to look at the broad theme of pop and politics in East Germany. 'So we're looking at ways that …

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