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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 incredible stories that all have one thing in common: the Eastern West.

#SFTEW

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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 incredible stories that all have one thing in common: the Eastern West.

#SFTEW

    PURE

    PURE

    Chernobyl had cast a shadow over our childhoods. It was reportedly the cause of all the chronic diseases we’d struggled with.

    We went there to walk into the belly of the beast, to debunk any nonsense around it. To hear about the disaster and everyday struggles.

    But what we came back with was something else entirely – a beautiful and uplifting tale about love. Love for home, love for nature, love for people. Something stronger than the biggest nuclear accident in the history of humankind.

    • 31 min
    Announcing Season III

    Announcing Season III

    The new SFTEW season is nearly here! This year, we've travelled to the far reaches of the globe for you: we went deep down into the Chernobyl Exclusion zone, visited New Zealand, and went back in time and space to deliver yet another set of stories that changed our world.

    Stay tuned: the first episode drops July 16th!

    • 1 min
    EWA & LENA

    EWA & LENA

    How a teen's letter to a stranger in the Soviet Union led to a long-distance friendship that has lasted decades. Part of our mini-series The Final Curtain.

    Like many teens growing up in the People’s Republic of Poland, Ewa decided to send a letter to a stranger in the Soviet Union. Lena from Moscow wrote back to her, and they quickly found they had a lot in common, including a love of both dogs and Vysotsky records.

    And they're still writing today... forty years later.

    • 14 min
    KAIE

    KAIE

    How a giant communal song festival helped Estonians regain independence from the USSR. 

    What was the Singing Revolution? How did it lead to the independence of Estonia and the other Baltic states? Was it possible for Estonia's Russian- and Estonian-speaking citizens to finally move on from past resentments? Find out in this episode of The Final Curtain.

    • 18 min
    PETRILA

    PETRILA

    How a Romanian mining town that lost its mine fought to turn its remains into a cultural hub. 

    In our second and final episode on Ion Barbu and the town of Petrila, we learn how the mine, the main employer in the town, was unable to achieve profitability in the new era of capitalism and was closed down for good.

    What happened to the town once the mine closed? Did Ion manage to save the buildings of the former mine? Find out in this episode of The Final Curtain.

    • 21 min
    ION

    ION

    How a Romanian miner made political caricatures at a time when making fun of the country's leadership could mean a visit from the secret police. 

    How did Ion balance being both a miner and a political caricaturist? What happened when the secret police arrested him for mocking the Romanian president? How does he recall the sudden and violent fall of the Ceaușescu regime? Find out in this episode of The Final Curtain.

    • 19 min

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