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Walrus & the Bear

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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.

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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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.

Twitter:

@4000hertz

Language:

English


Episodes

The Bottle Collector

12/1/2017
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When I first arrived in the city I was kind of surprised by Berlin’s casual drinking culture. If you’re going somewhere it’s not unusual to take a beer with you for along the way, even bringing an open container with you on the subway. I also quickly learned that it’s common practice not to throw your empty bottle in the trashcan, but rather to leave it, underneath the bin, so that someone can easily come and collect the deposit. Who are these deposit collectors and why do they...

Duration: 00:33:28


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


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


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 (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