The Big Ponder

Episode 5: Little America in Germany





Feb 14, 2021


THE BIG PONDER Episode 5: Little America in Germany


Since World War II, there have been countless American GIs stationed at military bases all over Germany. Sylvia Cunningham and Monika Müller-Kroll talk with some of the people who once lived in these ‘Little Americas’ and decided to stay in Germany.

We hear from entertainer Ron Williams, car pawnshop owner Rick Pomerance, musician-turned-caretaker Felicia Peters, and ‘Blues Ambassador’ and musician EB Davis. We also talk with John Provan, a historian and the son of an Air Force Chief Master Sergeant who has spent the past few decades preserving the history of ‘Little America’ communities in Germany.


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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