43 episodes

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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    • 4.9, 26 Ratings

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

    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
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Anna_Wilkoń ,

Interesting stories narrated in the interesting way

A great podcast for people who are interested in history of Poland. I like the way hosts tell the stories, by chatting to each other and interviewing oher people. Also, the idea of adding sound effects is great, it is making listener feel like visiting places the hosts are talking about. Great job! I am looking forward for the new episodes. Thank you!

Phasolla ,

Awesome

This is great! Loved the Bowie episode

dagmara_st ,

Outstanding & brilliant!

There are many podcasts about Eastern Europe, Slavic languages and cultural facts from that part of the world but none of them is so engaging, complex and brilliant at the same time. The Stories are clever and funny, emotional and based on facts, they mix all good features in a perfect way. I highly recommend this podcast to both, the beginners and audio stories lovers. Oh, and the episode about the Chopin competition? This is just a narrative masterpiece! Thank you guys for such a great thing! Already waiting for the next episodes! <3

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