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Walrus & the Bear

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Berlin, Germany

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Walrus will bring you compelling stories from Berlin, alternated with reflections on its controversial history. Because it is only after you understand Berlin’s central role in so many historic conflicts, that you can fully appreciate the unique situation Berlin is in today.

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@4000hertz

Language:

English


Episodes

Forbidden City

9/21/2017
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Berlin has a reputation of being a ‘raw city’, with many unfinished, edgy, exposed, gritty and industrial buildings scattered across its urban landscape. But how much of this reputation still holds today? Follow Wouter and Izzy aka Walrus and Otter in search of abandoned places! This is the first episode of their freshly made Berlinology Podcast, where the two curious explorers and belligerent Berlin ambassadors go deep down the Berlin rabbit hole and check out modern myths and research...

Duration: 00:23:58


Berlin and Beyond

8/16/2017
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In this weeks episode; a behind the scenes look in the lives of Walrus and Otter. Being a tour guide in Berlin is a heck of a job. The past hundred years are among the most turbulent years in western history, and to a large extent, Berlin was right in the middle of it. How do you frame a city like Berlin, how does it stick out from it’s global counterparts? How do you reflect on some of the best and worst moments in western history? And what tools do tour guides have at their disposal to...

Duration: 00:22:39


Right to Rent

5/19/2017
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A bakery in Berlin is being evicted, a story not uncommon for a big global capital. Though the bakery put up a fight about it and its wake the situation gets way out of hand. An episode on changing neighborhoods and foreign investors. Thanks to co-hosts Ysanne Choksey and Christian Conradi. Contributions by Konstantin Sergio, Claire d’Orsay, Daniel Spülbeck (Cafe Filou), Joel Dullroy and Christian Ströbele. Music by LY Foulidis, Mark Schilders and Svetnik.

Duration: 00:29:54


It’s not all Black & White

4/1/2017
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On the 27th of February 1947 the Allied Control Council dissolved the state of Prussia. How did a state, with around 40 million inhabitants, simply came to disappear? Walrus and Otter talk about one of the greatest vanishing acts of the 20th century and soon discover; it’s not all black and white..

Duration: 00:32:31


The Green Line

3/3/2017
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2017 marks the 115th birthday of the U1 (Unterbahn/Subway number one) Berlin’s first subway line. With 8.7 km it’s also one of the shortest lines of Berlin. Notmsparker, from the popular Kreuzberged blog, and Walrus take a 24 minute ride from East to West, from Suicide Circus to KaDeWe.

Duration: 00:23:47


Devil’s Mountain

11/1/2016
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The history of Devil’s Mountain (Teufelsberg) stretches out almost 80 years. After WWII Albert Speer’s military academy was buried under the rubble of approximately 400.000 Berlin houses. On top of the ruins a ‘listening station’ was built by the western allies, later taken over by the NSA. Today Teufelsberg is a re-discoverd attraction, where people can walk among the former buildings of a spy station run cold.

Duration: 00:28:57


Jewish Community in Berlin (2/2)

8/19/2016
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The Jewish community in Berlin knows a long but troubled history. From their expulsion in the 14th century to the influx of Soviet Jews after the fall of the wall, from German citizenship in 1871 to their annihilation under the Nazi-regime, this two-part episode tries to shed light on the difficult relationship between Berlin and its Jewish inhabitants. In this second part Walrus and Izzy interview Jewish contemporaries and their relationship with the city of Berlin.

Duration: 00:26:46


Inked Up

7/6/2016
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Coming back from a short trip to Amsterdam, Walrus realises how many people are ‘inked up’ in Berlin. This episode is a beginner’s guide to the art of tattooing. Walrus get’s acquainted with some of the tattoo-tools, speaks about the hardships of going through an apprenticeship, and of course, explores the realm of pain.

Duration: 00:23:47


New York City Baby

6/11/2016
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New York City, the mother of all cities. Walrus swam across the pond and carried his weighty body across Brooklyn. He spoke with three non-natives; one he has known for years, one who wrote Walrus an email, and one he met in Prospect Park. Let the mini-Walrus commence.

Duration: 00:08:55


Jewish Community in Berlin (1/2)

4/6/2016
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The Jewish community in Berlin knows a long but troubled history. From their expulsion in the 14th century to the influx of Soviet Jews after the fall of the wall, from German citizenship in 1871 to their annihilation under the Nazi-regime, this two-part episode tries to shed light on the difficult relationship between Berlin and its Jewish inhabitants. In this first part Wouter Bernhardt and Ysanne Choksey talk about the history of the Jewish community from the 13th century to 1945. In...

Duration: 00:21:04