GAI Podcast

14 EpisodesProduced by GAI

Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries.We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, … read more

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E10 Verbs & Vacations

June 4th, 2019


In this episode, we'll talk about verbs, where they are positioned in a German sentence, whether there's a rule you can apply, and how to get …

E9: Deutsche Tage at the GAI - hear the inside scoop.

May 23rd, 2019


Mark the dates: The 2019 Deutsche Tage:

Saturday, June 8, 11 AM–10 PM
Sunday, June 9, 11 AM–5 PM
At the Germanic-American Institute Haus and grounds

We welcome Linda, the chief event planner of Deutsche Tage, to our …

E8: Wechselpräpositionen, Ostern & Pfingsten

May 12th, 2019


In this episode, Dr. Katrin covers the grammar magic that are Wechselpräpositionen, and then we invite you on an audio-holiday to how we celebrate …

E7 - The Rheinland; An Audio Tour with Bastian.

April 16th, 2019


In this episode, we welcome the GAI's own Bastian, who is a native Rheinländer, and a GAI teacher. 

Bastian takes us on an audio tour through the …

Special Episode: GAI Symposium: Modern Apprenticeship. The Other 4-Year Degree.

April 5th, 2019


Jeana, Claudia, and Michael discuss the current state of education in the USA, contrasting it with the apprenticeship model in German, Austria, and Switzerland.

The GAI Symposion, will take place on:

Friday, April 12, …

E6 | Particles, University of St. Thomas, Pork & Kraut

March 13th, 2019


We'll take you on a grammar journey down the particle trail, explaining one of the more challenging German language concepts. 

The students of the …

Special Episode: Sandra Teitge & Albrecht Pischel - Goethe In the Skyways

March 4th, 2019


Intro and quick updates: 0 - 2m

Conversation: 2 - 45m

In this special episode, we welcome Sandra Teitge, Director of Goethe In the Skyways ( and artist Albrecht Pischel (

E5: Guest: GAI Exec. Director Jeana Anderson, and Karnival & Fasching

February 7th, 2019


GAI's Executive Director Jeana Anderson joins us for a stroll down GAI memory lane, who we've become over the past 50 years, and where we're headed …

Special Episode: Dr. Heino Beckmann

January 31st, 2019


Dr. Heino Beckmann visited the GAI Studio for an in-depth conversation about comparative government, social standards and perspectives, education, economics, the American 2nd Amendment from a European view, and more.

E4| Q1: The European Union. Q2:Heritage as cultural identifier?

January 11th, 2019


We answered two student submitted questions:

1, What is the importance of the EU to the Germans?

2, As native Germans, Austrians, Swiss, what do we think when someone tells that they're from our country, while being a …

Special Episode: Fred Amram

December 14th, 2018


We had the privilege to talk with Fred Amram about surviving the Holocaust, what reconciliation and forgiveness mean, and what we should focus on as …

E3 Christmas & New Year

December 12th, 2018


In this episode:
Christmas and New Year's traditions. We list the top 17 Christmas Markets in the world:, and briefly discuss how we welcome the New …

E2 Articles & Traditions

November 8th, 2018


In this episode, we cover:
•The German use case for LGBTQ articles and how language is "alive" and ever-changing with the needs of society.
•The …

E0 GAI: Octoberfest & more

October 11th, 2018


Our inaugural episode at the Germanic American Institute, and we're diving into a short reading, the significance of the Octoberfest, and current events.
DYK?: During the early years of the Octoberfest, beer was not a …

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