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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

    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
    IRYNA

    IRYNA

    How a single mother in Kyiv experienced the end of the USSR and survived the harsh economic realities of life in post-communist Ukraine in the early 1990s.

    How did Iryna end up selling toy cars on the streets of Kyiv? How did she and her friends react to the putsch of August 1991? How did she cope with the early days of capitalism? Find out in this episode of The Final Curtain.

    • 19 min
    EDGAR & MICHAEL

    EDGAR & MICHAEL

    How East Berlin's leading political cabaret tried to get their message through despite strict state censorship... and what happened when the system they were laughing at ceased to exist. 

    For the citizens of the GDR, laughter was often the best medicine when dealing with the absurdities of the political system they lived under. And if you were a resident of East Berlin, there was no better place than Kabarett Distel (meaning 'thorn' in German).

    • 22 min

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