The Big Ponder

Episode 13: The Diary





Jun 7, 2021


THE BIG PONDER Episode 13: The Diary


Working with personal diary entries, Dina Elsayed and Monika Müller-Kroll take listeners on a journey through the seasons to different places in the U.S. and Germany. These entries create a mosaic of our daily lives in all its contradictions and parallels, seriousness and banality.

We hear a collection of personal diary entries read aloud by the authors: William Dover, Kyle James, Thais Nepomuceno, Liv Surnow, Juan García-Berdoy, Jonathan Kroll, Jocko Weyland, Mo Nassar, Nele Obermueller, Lizzy Hayes, Monika Müller-Kroll, Werner Mathey, Melina Zacharia, Joe Shlichta, Dina Elsayed, Johanna Schmidt, Ardalan Bastani, Noelle Currie, Gisella Ligios, Mike Trupiano, and Sylvia Cunningham.

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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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