Category Archives: Podcasts

Der “Papa” des Sams

Mensch Otto – Mensch Theile: Mensch, Otto! – Mensch, Theile!
Paul Maar, Kinderbuchautor
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(Podcast, 39min)

“Ein Pferd, mehr Taschengeld oder dass die Eltern sich wieder versöhnen: Kinderbuchautor Paul Maar kennt die Wünsche von Kindern und weiß, was sie fühlen und denken. Seit über einem halben Jahrhundert begeistert er Kinder mit seinen Büchern – rund 100 sind es mittlerweile. Seine berühmteste Figur: Das Sams. Paul Maar bekommt fast täglich Briefe von seinen kleinen Fans, die er handschriftlich beantwortet. […] Maar will Kinder unterhalten und sie natürlich fürs Lesen begeistern. Aber er will sie auch stark machen und ihnen Selbstvertrauen geben.”

Watergate’s Legacy in the Age of Trump

Here’s the Think with Alec Baldwin: John Dean: Watergate’s Legacy in the Age of Trump. (Podcast, 58 minutes.)

“When John Dean found his conscience, America found its backbone and impeached a president. The Nixon Administration tried to undermine American democracy during the election of 1972 through now-legendary dirty tricks aimed at their Democrat opponents. They almost got away with it. Dean was Nixon’s White House Counsel, and participated in the cover-up of the Watergate break-in. Then he began cooperating with investigators, and blew the case wide-open. Dean is one of the most complicated and fascinating characters in modern American history. In a frank and funny conversation with Alec Baldwin in front of a live audience, John Dean opens up about how it all went down – and how it could go down now under Trump, who he says shares Nixon’s paranoia and authoritarian instincts.”

“White House or Buckingham Palace?” – “White House, just because Buckingham Palace looks like it would take a really long time to mop.”

BBC Radio 4 Best of Today: Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama. (Audio, 39 minutes.)

“2017 began with Barack Obama leaving the White House and handing over the baton of the presidency to Donald Trump.

Our guest editor today, Prince Harry, met President Obama, in Toronto in September during the Invictus Games to talk about his memories of the day he left office, his post-presidential work with the Obama Foundation and his hopes for the future.”

This interview was published on 27 December 2017 and is available for listening or downloading for three more days.

Twilight of American Sanity

Inquring Minds: Allen Frances – A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump. “We talk to renowned psychiatrist Allen Frances about his latest book Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump.” The Podcast (42:19min) was first aired October 17, 2017 and is available for download, on iTunes etc., or here:

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Yes, I’m a little behind on my podcasts, but I’m catching up during the winter holidays.

“There were hundreds of letters, stretching over four years of war and beyond.”

The Washington Post: Brothers in arms. “Four siblings wrote hundreds of letters to each other during World War II. The story they tell of service, sacrifice and trauma was hidden away in an abandoned storage unit — until now.”

“We have been called out on air raid alarms the last few days, but you know as much about what was happening as I do, the radio is the only dope we get as well as you about them Japs and nasty Germans. Bastards are what they are, raiding without warnings, sneaking up at night and such wrong methods of a clean fight.”

There’s also a related podcast called Letters From War:

“Bringing the letters to life are modern U.S. military veterans. At key moments in the story, we’ll talk to them about how these letters compare to their own experiences — what’s universal about war and what’s changed. How they felt reading the words of these men who fought some 70 years ago. And why everyone who picks up these letters feels like the Eyde brothers become a part of their family.”

So far, a short introduction and the first episode have been published.

See also MetaFilter: Letters From WWII found in a storage locker.