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Europanetzwerk Deutsch Podcast

In the 2. season of our podcast, leading figures from politics, civil society and science explain under the slogan "They are changing Germany"succinctly which areas need change. Each episode is max. 15 minutes long and can be accessed on this page or be downloaded for later.

In addition, you can use a work sheet and a solution sheet to work through any linguistic peculiarities that are explained in the individual podcast episodes. But that's not all: You'll also find a vocabulary list per episode to clarify small ambiguities.

To season 1

Episode 15: Against homelessness

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 15 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch In the first homeless report of the federal government from 2022, 40,000 people in Germany are described as homeless - other sources even put the number at 237,000. No matter how many there are exactly, every human is too many. Corinna Müncho is chair of the federal association Housing First. She explains what needs to be done.  

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Episode 14: Save bogs

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 14 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch 1.5 million hectares of Germany's land mass were originally covered by bogs. In the meantime, 95% of the German bogs have been drained, according to the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union of Germany - these bogs are among the largest emitters of CO2. Professor Dr Hans Joosten is looking for solutions to revive and protect bogs.  

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Episode 13: Strengthen diversity

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 13 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch Society in Germany is diverse. However, this is often not visible - there is discrimination and disadvantage. Since 2021, Awet Tesfaiesus is a member of the Bundestag for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen – the first black woman to sit in parliament. She tells us what the work is like and what she stands up for.  
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Episode 12: Accessibility

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 12 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch Germany implemented the Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Act (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz) in 2002. The law is supposed to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the prohibition of discrimination in the Basic Law. Raúl Krauthausen is one of those who closely monitors the laws and their implementation. In 2013, he received the Federal Cross of Merit for his work. What is the current state of accessibility in Germany? ​​​

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Episode 11: Electoral reform

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 11 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch With 736 members, the German Bundestag in its 20th legislative period is the largest freely elected parliamentary chamber in the world. The current government wants to change that. Joachim Behnke is a professor of political science at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. Together with other experts he advises the government in a commission. Reforms - what could they look like?  
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Episode 10: Guarantee working future

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 10 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch The training market in Germany is tight: The Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund Jugend, with around 500,000 young trade unionists, is therefore calling on politicians to introduce a training placement guarantee. Kristof Becker, Federal Youth Secretary of the Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund Jugend, provides insights into the current situation and explains the wishes.
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Episode 9: Sustainable cafeterias

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 9 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch Until today, the best-selling lunch dishes in German cafeterias are Currywurst, Spaghetti Bolognese and Schnitzel. Patrick Wodni is a chef and Philipp Stierand studied interior planning. With the Kantine Zukunft project, they both want to change German communal catering. The aim is to make food more sustainable, healthier and tastier.
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Episode 8: Empower minorities

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 8 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch Since the 2021 federal election, a representative of the SSW party has been sitting in the Bundestag again after almost 70 years. The Südschleswigsche Wählerverband is a minority and regional party in Schleswig-Holstein. The concerns of the Frisians and Danes as well as other recognized minorities play an important role. Stefan Seidler tells how his work as a non-factional member of the Bundestag creates change.  


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Episode 7: Breaking right-wing extremism

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 7 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch EXIT Germany has been helping people leave the right-wing scene and reduce right-wing extremist ideology for over 20 years. Dr. Bernd Wagner founded the organization together with former neo-Nazi Ingo Hasselbach. Dr. Bernd Wagner tells in an interview how such exit-programs work and how they can make a contribution to democratic society.
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Episode 6: Alleviate care need

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 6 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch According to the German Nursing Council, there is currently a shortage of about 200,000 nursing staff in Germany. Nina Böhmer is not the only nurse and activist who denounces the conditions in the hospital and nursing sector. She has tried to change the situation through a book, appearances on talk shows and a meeting with the Minister of Health.
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Episode 5: German forests help

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 5 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch ​​​​​​​Currently, the German forest covers approximately 11 million hectares. Among other things, the woodland helps to bind CO2 and combat climate change. If the Citizen Forest e.V. organization takes its lead, this should be further expanded. Co-founder of Citizen Forest e.V., Boris Kohnke, explains how this can be done.
 


Episode 4: Show more diversity

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 4 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch People with an immigration background are underrepresented in German TV programs. With his work, actor Hassan Akkouch wants to promote a media landscape that fairly portrays Germany's diverse and multifaceted society in film and television. In this way, clichés should be broken down and stereotypes should no longer be served. How can this be achieved?
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Episode 3: Berlin, but car-free

kurz & bündig Podcast  episode 3 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch How does a city become fit for the future? The initiative Berlin autofrei wants to ban cars from the capital center and create the largest car-free zone in the world. They have reached the necessary quorum for a referendum of 20,000 signatories. Anna Baatz, spokesperson for the Berlin autofrei initiative, explains more about the intention.
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Episode 2: Fair blood donation

kurz & bündig Podcast  episode 2 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch In Germany, similar to other European member states, are regulations that allow people with a certain sexual orientation or identity to donate blood only under special circumstances. Who can and should be allowed to donate blood to save other lives? Activist Lukas Hawrylak wants to change the transfusion law and tells why.
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Episode 1: Against hatred

kurz & bündig Podcast episode 1 © Europanetzwerk Deutsch HateAid is the only counseling center in Germany that exclusively helps victims of digital violence. Among other things, victims are supported with personal counseling or legal cost funding to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable. Attorney Josephine Ballon, Head of Legal, talks about the challenges and describes how incitement and hatred present itselfe online.
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