The Big Ponder

Photo (detail): David Becker © Unsplash / Editing: Nicole Hamam

The Big Ponder

This transatlantic podcast explores abstract concepts and phenomena through personal radio essays. In each episode, one of our producers transforms a broad topic into a captivating story told from a U.S.-German perspective.

The Big Ponder Episode 3: Radio Wanderlust
Photo (detail): © Yassine El Mansouri

Radio Wanderlust

A Cup of Coffee
© Nina Bohlmann

Culture of Coffee

The Big Ponder Episode 4: Anatomy of an Apology
Photo: Brandon Gatling

Anatomy of an Apology

Road Trip
Photo: John Paul Kesling

Road Trip

Portrait of Ollie Harrington by Harald Kretzschmar
Illustration: Harald Kretzschmar


Ira Karp playing the piano
Photo (excerpt) © Erica Heilman

The Farm

Street sign of Frank-Zappa-Straße in Düsseldorf
Photo (detail): Hinnerk11, published via CC-BY-SA-4.0

Street Names

The Big Ponder Logo
Illustration: © Nicole Hamam

How to Listen

Photo: Allied Museum, Berlin — Dr. John Provan Collection

THE BIG PONDER: All Episodes

Man with sunglasses in the pool
© Goethe-Institut