Over Here, Over There

Over Here, Over There

A comparative culture podcast including panel interviews with leading professionals and commentators from around the world discussing how we see others and others see us.

Episodes

April 6, 2024 45 mins

Travel broadens the mind, they say. Combined with study, it provides an incredible opportunity for personal development and forms a powerful differentiator in one's career and life, including the benefits to one's own country and the international community. However, to many students, studying abroad may seem like an unobtainable goal because of the perceived cost and challenges. In this episode, hosts Claudia Koestler an...

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The rise of extremist movements throughout the world is nothing new. However, their power and influence in Western democracies is particularly startling, especially in the bastion of such a stable democracy as Germany, whose political and economic strength so many throughout Europe rely on. This is why it is hard to fathom, Claudia Koestler states, why a critical mass of her fellow countrymen and women are turning to right-wing par...

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March 18, 2024 9 mins

Tune in to hear how different Monday mornings are from your town or city as Claudia makes her way to work in her Alpine splendor in Bavaria. Some things may be familiar, but the breathtaking landscape certainly helps distract her from the Monday morning blues. So, if you're listening to this on your way to work in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, New York City,  Berlin, or Sydney, just imagine - with Claudia's help - what it wo...

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March 13, 2024 45 mins

The death of Russian political activist and freedom rights campaigner Alexei Navalny stunned the world for its open brazenness at the hands of Vladimir Putin and his government. There is little doubt that Putin was responsible for Navalny's death, although a Russian court of law will no doubt never adjudicate on the manner.  Navalny's death leaves Russia without a significant opposition leader, but how much of an impact w...

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'Life is too short to learn German', said Oscar Wilde. And even for a native German speaker, it does have its challenges. Over Here, Over There podcast co-host Claudia Koestler takes you through the quirky nuances and daunting tongue-twisters that give credence to Wilde's perspective. Still, it can be rather amusing to hear a German word that is as long as a football pitch or another that captures the tone and feelin...

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February 13, 2024 7 mins

'There's no place like home', said Dorothy in one of the most famous final lines in cinematic history in The Wizard of Oz. The concept of home has intrigued writers, scholars, travelers, artists, soldiers, students, and every human being who has ever walked the planet.  So it has with Claudia as she prepares to leave a place she has called home for twenty-seven years and start anew somewhere else. She explores the un...

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Our special guest has risen from relative obscurity over the past three years to be recognised by fans across a crowded New York City street. Such is the worldwide popularity of the TV show The Great British Bake-off, which he won in 2021, under stiff competition, and now is climbing the name recognition ladder, which – who knows? – may lead him to be a household name like ‘Gordon' Ramsey, ‘Jamie’ Oliver, or one of his GBB pre...

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In this episode, Claudia Koestler considers the 'Over Here, Over There' aspects of politeness and kindness in Germany relative to her experiences abroad. She provides three anecdotes that highlight the friendliness, or lack thereof, and unfeeling directness that make her wistfully remember how it was done 'over there'.  An interesting perspective from a frequent international traveler about her countrymen and wo...

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January 7, 2024 4 mins

Bavaria's Sundays are slower than the rest of Germany and many other countries. Most public and private organizations are closed, which has its plusses and minuses. It's a matter of personal choice, Claudia says, but - spoiler alert! - for those wanting to get things done, she likes how Sundays are managed elsewhere. 

OHOT will be bringing more episodes in different formats with international and celebrity guests...

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In a world of increasingly scarce resources, it's important to understand and maximize one of the most important of them all: food. In this engaging and informative episode, we speak with German TV presenter, broadcaster, and science journalist Dirk Steffens, who with his filmmaker, director, science journalist, and biologist wife Sabine, work together to help save the planet by advocating smarter and more effective consumptio...

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In the 'Over Here, Over There' podcast, we discuss our differences across borders and divides and how we can learn from them. In this episode, we hear two different perspectives from Germany and the United States regarding the most influential figure in US foreign policy since World War II. The recent passing of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stopped many people of a certain generation in their tracks. Kissinge...

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In her recent point of view episode about the recent German elections, Claudia Koestler, Senior Editor at the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany's leading national daily, comments on the significant rise of right-wing parties. Is there any hope of stemming this rising tide? Claudia does her best not to despair when politicians and voters go wrong.

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Over Here, Over There podcast host Dan Harris discusses with BBC Radio Kent's Steve Ladner the election of a new Speaker of the House, (R-LA) Michael Johnson. 

'Finally, the nightmare in the US House of Representatives is finally different' (as opposed to over), so says late-night host Stephen Colbert. After three weeks of paralysis, the new House Speaker, second in line to the Presidency, is Representative ...

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Amidst the turmoil following Hamas's brutal attack on Israel, President Joe Biden traveled to Israel to show US support for its close ally and try to reduce tensions amongst the warring factions. BBC Radio Kent host Steve Ladner speaks with Dan Harris, international political commentator and co-host of the 'Over Here, Over There' podcast to determine whether Biden's peace-making efforts achieved their goals.

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The value of international education is increasingly being realised, particularly in countries in which tuition fees have increased significantly over the years. As Anthony Nemecek, one of our expert panelists explains, more and more students are recognising the advantages of looking beyond their borders for higher education opportunities.

While the financial incentives are becoming more apparent, international education c...

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According to a recent New York Times article, dual nationality is the new ‘gotta have’, and many people across the world are seeking a second or even a third nationality to improve their life chances. In this very dynamic, globalised world, gaining another citizenship is promoted or restricted depending on the political, economic and social trends within each country and across the world. Whether it’s the pandemic, Brexit or people...

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If you were the culinary ambassador of your country and had to offer one dish to attract as many visitors as possible, what would that be? A soul-searching question for our panel of international culinary professionals and foodies from France, Taiwan, Germany, UK and the USA. Their delicious, inventive and practical suggestions are entertaining and intriguing. No doubt our listeners will have their own favourite dish from their tra...

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Small talk is hard for some people. But what happens when a country's citizens find it difficult or don't engage in small talk culturally with their fellow citizens or foreigners? Is small talk an essential key factor for a functioning society or is it just superficial blah? And why are some countries better at it than others? Does it give them an advantage in international relations? Is it a key success factor in gaining...

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He’s gone but certainly not forgotten. You know who I’m talking about. Long, dark coat, long red tie, orange hair. The man who dominated the airwaves for four chaotic years of his presidency, culminating in a riotous mob attacking the heart of US democracy at the Capitol, the impact from which will be felt for who knows how long. But the podcast is not all about him. We’ve divided into two parts: the first half assessing the Trump ...

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In this podcast, we have a great mixture of professionals with first-hand experience of health systems in different countries, including Claudia Koestler, Senior Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mike Bellissimo, a former senior executive at Humana and the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Charlie Vivian, Director of Icarus Health Solutions in the UK and a former director in the NHS.

If you've ever lived or visited the USA, you probabl...

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