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I’m pleased to be contributing another episode to the Radio GDR podcast, again with Dr. Edward Larkey. This time Ed and I look at the relationship between popular music and politics in the GDR. You can find the episode here: https://radiogdr.com/politics-and-pop-music-of-east-germany-part-2/.

This episode is the first of two with this theme and looks at the 50s and 60s; we’ll cover the 70s and 80s the next time around.

For those interested in the aural medium of podcasting, I have once again had the pleasure of contributing to the excellent Radio GDR podcast, this time for an episode entitled “Musik in der DDR: Rock and Pop Music of East Germany”.

In this episode, I explore a variety of topics related to popular music in the GDR with Dr. Ed Larkey, a professor of German and Intercultural Communication at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Larkey was a great interviewee as not only has his academic research included a variety of aspects of GDR popular culture and media, but these interests grew out of his experiences studying and working in the country during the 1980s.

I was recently able to sit down with Dr. Luise von Flotow, a professor in the University of Ottawa’s School of Translation and Interpretation, to discuss They Divided The Sky her excellent English language translation of GDR author Christa Wolf’s 1963 novel Der geteilte Himmel. Our chat is now online through Radio GDR, the English-language podcast dedicated to all things East German and you can find it here: https://radiogdr.com/they-divided-the-sky-christa-wolf-episode-12/ 

Wolf’s novel is great place for those looking to get a sense of everyday life in the GDR during the “Construction Years” of the late 1950s and early 1960s and Dr. von Flotow was able to share some interesting insight into the work, its translation history and why it remains a vital piece of GDR culture.

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