GAI Podcast

17 EpisodesProduced by GAIWebsite

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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E13 The Kinderstube - German für Kinder

August 5th, 2019

35:11

In this episode, Michael is out of his element, and inside the Kinderstube. Meeting with the Babett (Director of the Kinderstube) and Emily (Asst. Director), we explore the Kinderstube history, why the Kinderstube is …

E12: Idioms & Vacation in Northern Germany

July 18th, 2019

25:11

Katrin and Michael go over a few idioms, explain what they mean, how literal translations make very little sense, and under which circumstances …

E11 Visiting Deutsche Tage (in review)

June 23rd, 2019

44:56

In our 61st year! Deutsche Tage (German Days) is one of the Germanic-American Institute's (GAI) longest-standing traditions and the oldest heritage …

E10 Verbs & Vacations

June 4th, 2019

32:37

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

27:52

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

45:19

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

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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