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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.

Over Here, Over There Dan Harris and Claudia Koestler

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

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.

    Is International Education the Best Investment?

    Is International Education the Best Investment?

    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 can enhance life skills, help develop greater cultural awareness, provide a wider choice of educational opportunities, and can be a key differentiator on the CV or resume. Tune in to understand how international education could be the best investment one ever makes.
    Host Dan Harris is joined by fellow podcaster partner  Claudia Koestler, Senior Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich, along with our guests who are specialists in international education at university and secondary school levels: Anthony Nemecek, Chief Educational Consultant at Banyan Education Consultancy; and Dale Scarboro, History teacher, author and career advisor at St. Edwards Senior School, Cheltenham, UK.

    In the podcast, we discuss:
    Introduction to international educationBanyan Educational Consultancy’s servicesThe overall benefits and challenges of studying abroadLevel of interest in international education in the UK, Europe, North America and elsewhereDifferent application processes between European and North American universitiesCost considerations of higher education between the UK, Europe and USA.Lifetime benefits of international educationIt’s an informative and insightful episode that will be of interest to educators, students, parents and anyone seeking to study abroad and possibly develop an international career.
    Don’t forget to subscribe and share the podcast with others, who are particularly interested in the benefits, challenges and adventures of studying abroad.

    • 53 min
    Dual Citizenship - The New 'Gotta Have'

    Dual Citizenship - The New 'Gotta Have'

    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 becoming aware of greater advantages dual citizenship would provide elsewhere, there’s been a massive increase, in some cases ten-fold, since 2015. It’s a hot topic that needs discussing
    Host and multi-passport holder Dan Harris is joined by fellow podcaster partner Claudia Koestler, Senior Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich, along with a panel of dual-citizenship holders Lee Egan, Barrister at Citadel Chambers, Eva Tunez Salvador, Director of Genuine Translations and co-founder of Local to Global, and Dr. Tom Lorman, Lecturer at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.

    It's an entertaining and informative listen to five personal journeys in the realms of citizenship that you don't want to miss. If you ever thought of adding another citizenship for whatever reason, you'll gain insight and knowledge that our panelists have to offer which will help you decide. 

    • 46 min
    What Does A Country’s Cuisine Say About Its Culture?

    What Does A Country’s Cuisine Say About Its Culture?

    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 travels (remember when we could actually do that?).
    In our OHOT discussion, host Dan Harris will be joined by fellow podcaster Claudia Koestler, Senior Editor at The Süddeutsche Zeitung, Asian Cookery Presenter Pamela Chen, award-winning French restauranteurs Yves and Elisabeth Ogrodzki, and US food writer, musician and entrepreneur Adam Wilcox. Let's forget about pandemics and lockdowns for a little while and let our culinary wings take us to lands where once we traveled or yearn to go.

      Don't forget also to subscribe to the podcast and share it with others who have similar good listening tastes!  Visit us at overhereoverthere.org. 

    • 48 min
    Sprechen Sie Small Talk? Why Some Countries Would Rather Not

    Sprechen Sie Small Talk? Why Some Countries Would Rather Not

    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 friends or winning in business? So many questions. Let's find out.
    We engage in this upcoming episode with some of the best small talkers in the business. Ready to shoot the breeze with host Dan Harris are fellow podcaster partner and Senior Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung Claudia Koestler, BBC Radio and commercial radio host Warren Moore, British/American Psychotherapist Margaret Cavanagh and Japanese cultural ambassador Yuka Ogura.

    • 40 min
    Post Trump: Will the World be the Same Again?

    Post Trump: Will the World be the Same Again?

    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 Administration in true ‘Over Here, Over There’ fashion; and then we turn our attention to the new Biden-Harris administration and what it means for the rest of the world.
    Host Dan Harris is joined by co-host and fellow podcaster Claudia Koestler, Senior Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest quality newspaper; Bill Barnard, former Chair of Democrats Abroad UK and the History Department at the University of Alabama; Warren Moore, BBC and commercial radio presenter, and Dr Tom Lorman, Lecturer at University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies.
    But first, I’ll let you in on a secret. We had originally recorded this podcast on 5th January, a day before the riot. Technically, we were not in a post-Trump era then. If there was going to be controversy, one would have guessed it was going to happen when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris assumed the reigns of executive power at their inauguration on 20 January. The next day, the 6th January, proved that thinking wrong as the world looked on in shock and amazement at the rioting at the Capitol and the attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 Presidential election. Trump’s second impeachment proceeded rapidly thereafter and was passed in the House of Representatives, followed by a momentous vote in the Senate acquitting Donald J Trump of inciting a riot, the vote being 57-43, the largest bipartisan majority of any impeachment trial but falling short of 67 votes needed in a super majority to convict.
    The crater that was left in America’s democracy and the impact of these events couldn’t be ignored. So, after recording the podcast on the 5th January, we decided to re-record the episode and check our thinking again.
    We hope you enjoy the insightful discussion by our panel who share their candid views from various locations and assess what it means for America’s position in the world and their own country’s relationship going forward with the US under the Biden Administration.
    So, please listen, subscribe and share! And don’t forget to check out our nifty membership benefits at overhereoverthere.org.

    • 56 min
    Gesundheit: Where in the World Can You Afford to be Sick?

    Gesundheit: Where in the World Can You Afford to be Sick?

    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 probably were made aware that healthcare can be a wee bit expensive. If you had to visit a hospital or doctor, you were probably made doubly aware of the cost of that visit, even if it was covered by your travel insurance. We explore healthcare systems in the US, UK and Germany in this podcast and ask fundamental questions about why things are so different between countries and what we can learn from each other.

    The US has one of the most technically advanced healthcare sectors in the world. However, given the disparate nature of healthcare across fifty states and the lack of political agreement of its structure, management and administration over decades, it's easy to exploit the cost of healthcare in the US as an issue of concern and amazement. Perception isn't everything, but it does require an explanation in context to understand what needs to be done to make it more accessible and equitable. 

    We hope you enjoy the podcast and welcome your comments either here or on our social media channels.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

AJ4042 ,


I love hearing celebration of internationalism in the current climate. Both intelligent and comedic with a great array of guests. More please!

Elizgy ,

Engaging and intelligent

I’m pleased to have found this interesting independent production comparing cultural and national differences. It’s well produced and clever enough to gain a big following.

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