Stories From The Eastern West

28 EpisodesProduced by Culture.pl

A podcast telling little-known histories from Central & Eastern Europe that changed our world...Heard of how The Rolling Stones played for the Communist Party? The bear who fought in WWII? Or the man who single-handedly created an entire language? Each episode of our narrative podcast tells incredib… read more

28 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

HUNT

February 14th, 2019

21:33

During WWII, the Third Reich had a systematic policy of plundering artwork from countries they invaded. In occupied Poland, this took place on a …

TRANSMUTATION

January 31st, 2019

22:52

Alchemy – the supposed ancient art of turning everyday objects into gold – is widely believed to be obsolete. Interestingly, however, every bit of …

NAKED

January 17th, 2019

23:50

The German Democratic Republic was known for being one of the more politically repressive countries in the former Eastern bloc, with its Stasi secret …

Rabbithole Two

January 14th, 2019

6:26

In this bonus episode, you’ll get to hear a song that usually doesn’t leave the thick walls of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Italy. 

If you want to know more about Grotowski, check out our …

MESMERISED

January 3rd, 2019

27:16

CONTINUATION

December 20th, 2018

25:26

After having to leave Poland, Grotowski continued his ground-breaking work in the United States, before finding a permanent home in Pontedera, …

SEARCH

December 6th, 2018

21:38

Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999) undoubtedly had a profound infl­uence on the transformation of contemporary theatre over the last 40 years.

Starting out …

SHOETOPIA

November 22nd, 2018

25:00

The Czech shoe-maker Tomáš Bat'a was a visionary. A deep believer in capitalism, he dreamt up a unique functionalist city and started building it around his factories in the small town of Zlin. It became more …

SUPERSTAR

November 9th, 2018

26:41

In 1863, the 3-year-old Ignacy Jan Paderewski probably wasn’t aware that his fellow Polish countrymen were in the midst of a doomed uprising …

Rabbithole One

October 26th, 2018

7:38

Did you know that sports stars from behind the Iron Curtain pretty much competed for no money?

In this little bonus episode, Władysław Kozakiewicz, the Olympic athlete from our ARM episode, tells of how he won a …

ARM

October 26th, 2018

18:07

Hear the pole-vaulter who offended the entire Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow explain himself.

Władysław Kozakiewicz, a …

Announcing Season II

October 10th, 2018

1:34

The new season of Stories From The Eastern West is nearly here! This year, we've really stepped up our game. You'll notice we have a new theme tune, and that's just the beginning...

CLIMB

January 31st, 2018

34:03

Discover the relentless climber who changed the world's deadliest sport...

In the early 1960s, a woman decided that the way men were dominating the world of mountain climbing didn’t make any sense. She went on to defy …

[BONUS] UNCLE

December 23rd, 2017

5:23

Learn how observing an old Christmas tradition resulted in a mystery that was never resolved.

All of us at SFTEW want to thank you so much from the …

EXPERIMENTAL

December 7th, 2017

28:53

Discover the Iron Curtain's unlikeliest music haven and the people who made it happen.

In 1957, the Polish Radio Experimental Studio (PRES) first …

REBEL

November 22nd, 2017

25:49

Get to know the doctor who defied prejudices, the media and the entire system to save people’s lives.

In 1967, South African surgeon Christiaan …

SPY

November 8th, 2017

26:53

Throughout the Cold War, both the Soviet Union and the United States used espionage extensively to gather information about the opposing side. To do …

BABY

October 25th, 2017

28:01

Delve into the fascinating background of classic horror film Rosemary’s Baby and learn how it was made.

In 1968, Rosemary’s Baby debuted in theaters and terrified unsuspecting audiences. The film was a box-office …

NUCLEAR

October 18th, 2017

28:21

Discover how Joseph Rotblat went from creating nuclear bombs to winning the Nobel Peace prize.

The American bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is generally considered to be one of the most, if not the most, important …

PALACE II

October 11th, 2017

27:05

PALACE

October 4th, 2017

22:01

Find out about the creation of Stalin's controversial Palace of Science and Culture in Warsaw.

Following World War II, much of Poland lay in ruins …

ZOO

September 27th, 2017

25:11

Hear how the Żabiński family saved the lives of countless Jews during the Nazi German occupation.  

In September 1939, Nazi Germany began their …

ESPERO

September 20th, 2017

27:01

Learn how Ludwig Zamenhof single-handedly created an entire language, Esperanto, in the 19th century.

Esperanto is the most widely-spoken artificial language in the world today. It has allowed people from vastly …

BOWIE

September 13th, 2017

22:57

Explore the meaning and story behind one of David Bowie's most iconic songs.

In 1973, while travelling by train across the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, David Bowie had a brief and seemingly insignificant stopover in …

BULLETPROOF

September 7th, 2017

23:15

Learn how a Polish monk created the first bulletproof vest and, in doing so, changed the world.

In 1897, at a public demonstration in Chicago, a man …

BEAR

August 31st, 2017

23:57

Hear all about a brave bear named Wojtek who came to join the army in a time of war.

After being released from Soviet prison camps, exiled Polish …

STONES

August 31st, 2017

24:19

Find out what happened when the Rolling Stones went behind the Iron Curtain.

One of the common characteristics shared by communist regimes throughout …

COMPETITION

August 31st, 2017

26:05

Learn how the result of a piano competition had the power to shock an entire nation.

The International Chopin Piano Competition takes place every …

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