GAI Podcast

11 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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E7 - The Rheinland; An Audio Tour with Bastian.

April 16th, 2019

40:02

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

51:00

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

21:33

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

46:32

Intro and quick updates: 0 - 2m

Conversation: 2 - 45m

In this special episode, we welcome Sandra Teitge, Director of Goethe In the Skyways (https://goetheintheskyways.org/) and artist Albrecht Pischel (

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

February 7th, 2019

53:07

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

1:24:52

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

38:35

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

46:13

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

30:23

In this episode:
Christmas and New Year's traditions. We list the top 17 Christmas Markets in the world: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/best-christmas-market/index.html, and briefly discuss how we welcome the New …

E2 Articles & Traditions

November 8th, 2018

31:43

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

23:42

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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