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.
After the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east in 1939, many thousands of Polish families were deported to Siberian forced labour camps. There they not only faced bitter cold but constant hunger. Then Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union, and the families that were now allowed to leave. In many cases, only their children made it all the way to safety in Iran. Polish orphans were scattered around the world and a group of 700 would end up travelling to the small island on the other side of the world.
The Vietnam War was just ending when Hai ‘Nam’ Bui Ngoc had reached university. He was one of the few lucky ones given a chance to travel to the other side of the world to study ship building. After a few weeks spent travelling by train from Hanoi to Warsaw, he saw everything other than what he had imagined. But this was only the beginning of his incredible journey...
In August 1980, after the firing of popular shipyard worker, Anna Walentynowicz, a strike broke out at Shipyard in Gdańsk. Suddenly this massive complex on the Polish coast, with 16,000 employees, was under worker occupation, and every day other workplaces in Gdańsk and around the country started joining in.
How did a shipyard become a focal point for the battle for freedom and democracy? Find out in the latest episode of Stories From The Eastern West.
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.
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!
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.
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I found this podcast by mistake a couple of years ago and I love it. They are nice bites of history that usually you don't know or hear. Specially if you didn't spend all your life in Eastern Europe
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!
This is great! Loved the Bowie episode