Tip-Top Deutsch

Tip-Top Deutsch

Tip-Top Deutsch explores German language and culture from an (American) English speaker’s perspective through blog posts, podcasts, interviews, and pedagogical resources for German learners accessible through this website. From Goethe, to grammar tips, to guerilla knitting, our hope is that you will find something here to inspire your love of all things German!

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September 28, 2021 14 min

As a Merkel-led Germany comes to a close and a new beginning is on the horizon, it seems fitting to take a brief look at Merkel’s life and political career. In this episode we discuss select moments Angela Merkel’s life and career, highlighting both her accomplishments and shortcomings.

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DW Documentary: Angela Merkel Navigating a World in Crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJLzd8EK__g (English); https://w...

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In this mini-podcast, we give a brief overview of the Berlin Wall and street art. Enjoy!

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Berlin Street Art History: Where Graffiti Found Home: https://berlinstreetart.com/street-art-history-berlin-wall-graffiti/

The Art on the Berlin Wall by Daniel Grither: https://www.thecollector.com/art-on-the-berlin-wall/

Thierry Noir (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thierry_Noir; Personal website: https://t...

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In this episode I interview philosophy professor, Dr. David Utsler, who specializes in environmental philosophy. We discuss the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the flooding in Germany. 

Show Notes

David Utsler’s co-edited book, Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics

New York Times, “Five Takeaways from the New U.N. Climate Report” by Henry Fountain

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August 21, 2021 13 min

This podcast discusses Nora Krug’s award-winning graphic memoir, Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home (Heimat: Ein deutsches Familienalbum). Krug’s book was named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Comics Beat, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal.

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New York Times Book Spotlight: “A Visual Memoir Asks What It Means fo...

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August 15, 2021 5 min

Tip-Top Deutsch explores German language and culture from an (American) English speaker’s perspective through blog posts, podcasts, interviews, and pedagogical resources for German learners accessible through this website. From Goethe, to grammar tips, to guerilla knitting, our hope is that you will find something here to inspire your love of all things German!

Host Cynthia Nielsen introduces herself and shares the vision of Tip...

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