The Big Ponder

Episode 12: Hunting





May 24, 2021


THE BIG PONDER Episode 12:Hunting


There exists a strong tradition of hunting in both Germany and the U.S. However, the cultures surrounding this pastime differ more than you might think. Ada von der Decken and Moritz Gerlach speak with hunters from both countries to find out what drives people to pursue the sport.

We hear from Fred Lane, a U.S. veteran who settled in Bavaria where he became a hunting and fishing instructor; Georgia Pellegrini, author of the book Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time and host of the TV show Modern Pioneering; vegetarian-turned-hunter Fabian Grimm; and Hubert Bodächtel, a local of Ansbach, Germany who comes from a long line of skilled hunters.

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In cooperation with radio stations and independent producers in the US and Germany, the Goethe-Institut has created the transatlantic podcast THE BIG PONDER. We invite listeners to reflect on abstract ideas and phenomena through hyper-local stories. Each topic will be explored from a transatlantic perspective: do the US and Germany share the same values? What divides us? What unites us?   

In addition to sharing our passion for great storytelling, THE BIG PONDER hopes to further strengthen the transatlantic network of journalists and podcasters through our close collaboration with radio stations and partners on both sides of the pond. We are especially thankful for the support from our friends at the Bertelsmann Foundation, RBB Kultur, and the RIAS Berlin Kommission. 

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