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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 the story." In episode 24, Shane Whaley interviewed Eric Friedman who, as a 10-year old boy in …

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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 from before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He revisits the 14 clubs that made up the 1989 DDR-Oberliga, East …

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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. illuminates how civic life functioned in Leipzig, East Germany's second-largest city, on the eve of the 1989...

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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. In 1971, East German leader Ulbricht is out and is replaced by Erich Honecker Our …

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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 at the University of Melbourne in Australia and a colleague of Katrin Bahr. Born in the GDR and raised …

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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 Heidemayer, director of the Hohenschönhausen Memorial in Berlin. You will learn: 1) About Hohenschönhausen a) What was...

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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 East German authorities, the party, the free German youth organization struggled or worked to frame …

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Feb. 11, 2021

Why Communist East Germany's Interflug was an airline like no other w…

Today we chat with the author of Interflug - East Germany's airline, Sebastian Schmitz. This is the first book published in English about Interflug. Don't worry though, you do not need to be an aviation nerd to enjoy this one! …

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Jan. 19, 2021

East Germany in Mozambique: Private Photographs of a Forgotten Time w…

On this episode of Radio GDR the East Germany Podcast, Steve Minegar explores the lives of East Germans who, in the name of international solidarity and cooperation with fellow socialist countries, worked on behalf of the GDR in Mozambique in …

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Dec. 13, 2020

Visiting Family Behind the Iron Curtain - Journeys to Görlitz, East G…

I have always wondered what small-town life was like outside of Berlin in the GDR. In this episode of Radio GDR, Bill Blosen and I sit down to talk about his experiences traveling to Görlitz, a small medieval town on …

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Dec. 8, 2020

My review of the new Amazon Explore Virtual Experience Tour - The inf…

East Germany Podcast Host Shane Whaley's Amazon Explore review of The infamous Berlin Wall: stories of the Death Strip and a divided city tour. Shane works in the tours and activity industry hosting a podcast for tour operators called Tourpreneur. …

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Nov. 13, 2020

My brother spied on us for the Stasi and how I survived life in an Ea…

In this episode, you will hear how Peter Keup's life was made a misery following his family's application for an exit visa. Peter discusses how his life was never to be the same again. How he was treated as a …

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Oct. 23, 2020

A Journey Through the history of Rock and Pop Music of East Germany

In this episode of the East Germany Podcast - Radio GDR we go on a journey of Rock and Pop Music of East Germany. Our good friend John-Paul Kleiner (GDR Objectified) is in the East Germany podcast host chair for …

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Oct. 10, 2020

A Beginners Guide to East German Movies and DEFA. (126)

Dedicated to the memory of Neil Tooley

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Oct. 2, 2020

Why I am Fascinated by East Germany and East German Fashion (25)

In this episode of the East Germany Podcast we ask Christine the podcaster behind the East German Fashion History Podcast , why she is fascinated with East Germany and East German Fashion.

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Sept. 12, 2020

East Germany through the eyes of a 10 year old American boy (24)

In 1988, a reluctant 10 year old American boy, Eric Friedman moved to East Berlin. His father Frank was granted a Fulbright grant to lecture at Humboldt University. Eric shares his experiences living in East Germany in his memoir The …

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Aug. 28, 2020

Why I Am Fascinated by East Germany With Anthony Russell (23)

In this episode of the East Germany Podcast, Shane Whaley is joined by Anthony Russell. Anthony shares with us what fascinates him about East Germany. Anthony was so fascinated by the GDR that he chose to live for a year …

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Aug. 13, 2020

Cold War Conversations Podcast Co-Host - Why I am Fascinated by the G…

In this episode of the East Germany Podcast, Shane Whaley is joined by Cold War Conversations Podcast Co-Host James Chilcott. James shares with us what fascinates him about East Germany. James tells us how he visited the Fulda Gap as …

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Aug. 1, 2020

East Germany and Chile with Steve Minegar (21)

In this episode of the Radio GDR Podcast, host Shane Whaley kicks off season 2 of the East Germany podcast chatting with listener Steve Minegar about the relationship between East Germany and Chile. Part of the Why We Are Fascinated …

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May 25, 2020

A quick update from Radio GDR - East Germany Podcast

Radio GDR Co-host Shane explains why there have been no episodes of late and why you should not unsubscribe because more episodes are coming your way in the near future.

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March 29, 2020

Collecting East German Stamps (DDR) - The DDR Collectors Series

In this episode of the Radio GDR Podcast, Jordan Heyburn talks about his passion for collecting East German stamps. He also shares tips on how you can get started with your very own DDR Stamp collection. This is the first …

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Feb. 16, 2020

The Story Behind the Checkpoint Charlie Virtual Reality Tour - Timeri…

On today's podcast, I bring you a conversation with Julian Herbig, who is the PR and Communications Manager at Timeride.de Julian tells us more about the experience itself as well as the story behind the Checkpoint Charlie Virtual Reality Tour …

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Feb. 2, 2020

East Germany Podcast listeners on why they are fascinated by the DDR.…

A Fly On the Wall Report from the Radio GDR Berlin Meetup. Listen in as we chat with listeners of the Radio GDR podcast in Berlin for our Radio GDR Meetup. They share with us why they are interested in …

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