The Big Ponder

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The Big Ponder

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

The Street
Photo (detail): Harald Rumpf

Episode 36: The Street

Deutsche Kriegsgefangene in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
© Stribling/Brock Archive, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Curtis Peters

Episode 35: Hidden History

Photo: Tosca Terán

Episode 34: Sounds of Nature

Photo: Gordon Welters

Episode 33: Housing

Ann-Katrin Grimm on a swim in a freezing cold lake
Photo: Marek Iwicki

Episode 32: Firsts

Bilal Qureshi
Photo: Matthew Asada

Episode 31: Winterreise

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
Photo: Mike Maguire

Episode 30: The Zoo

Eva Ullmann in front of the German institute for humor
Photo (excerpt) © Dina Elsayed

Episode 29: Humor

© François Grisé

Episode 27: Immersion

Photo: Rene Walter via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Episode 26: Krampus

Super Blood Wolf Moon
Photo: Yassine El Mansouri

Episode 25: The Night

Listen to Sounding the Big Pond with Verena Hütter on WPFW 89.3 FM
Illustration: Nicole Hamam

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