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Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries.
We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in.
If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at podcast@gai-mn.org and we'll answer your question in the next episode.

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Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries.
We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in.
If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at podcast@gai-mn.org and we'll answer your question in the next episode.

    S2E6 - Summer traditions, Eurovision, & Kaspar :)

    S2E6 - Summer traditions, Eurovision, & Kaspar :)

    We are returning to the more "classic" podcast format, although sans Grammar for this episode. No worries, we'll bring Grammar back soon enough! :)

    In this episode, we welcome Kaspar, 9 y.o. He is a fixture at the GAI and also attends our Summercamp & Samstagschule, and he is Katrin's son. :) Kaspar tells you about both programs, and what he does as Teacher's Assistant. 

    Then, Claudia, Katrin, & Michael dive into D-A-CH summer traditions. We discuss the original form of minimalism; the smallest of yard and escapes for city people. The ever-popular pool culture, and why topless or without clothing is "no big deal" for most.

    Also, since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest was a staple of European entertainment. 2020 is the first year the competition is canceled. We're looking back at the meaning of the contest, the intricacies of the competition, and how it was and continues to be, an event that promotes unity across Europe, and the world.

    Our German classes will resume in-house again as well. Listen to how we're going about keeping everyone safe, protected, and still teach you the language we're all passionate about!

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    Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries.

    We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in.

    If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at podcast@gai-mn.org and we'll answer your question in the next episode.

    • 45 min
    Deutsche Tage sing-along with John Hoffacker

    Deutsche Tage sing-along with John Hoffacker

    In this Special Episode, we welcome Minnesänger choral director John Hoffacker to a sing-along. The original broadcast was streamed live on YouTube. If you prefer to watch a replay, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ummzraJElAA (Also, subscribe to our YouTube channel and give the video a "like" :) )

    A sing-a-long wouldn't be complete if you couldn't participate. Please find the lyrics to the songs here: https://gai-mn.org/resources/Documents/Deutsche%20Tage%202020%20Sing-Along%20songs.pdf

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    Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries.

    We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in.

    If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at podcast@gai-mn.org and we'll answer your question in the next episode.

    • 33 min
    S2E5 - Deutsche Tage - History & Event Preview

    S2E5 - Deutsche Tage - History & Event Preview

    Event Preview Episode: Deutsche Tage

    One of the significant events of the GAI is Deutsche Tage; a Fest that wouldn’t exist without volunteers who graciously donate their time. Many of these volunteers have been with Deutsche Tage for decades.

    In this episode, we welcome Helga Pernell, who remembers Deutsche Tage from 1963. Helga has been with the GAI for decades, organizing, helping, and cooking. Imagine 200lbs of German Potato Salad… Helga shares her recipe with us in this episode.

    We also talked with Jeana Anderson, Executive Director at the GAI, about the changes for the 2020 Deutsche Tage. Instead of keeping DT to a weekend-only event, we are delivering community events all week long – online. Jeana tells us about live streams, party kits, facemasks, a drive-by pick-up opportunity, and more.

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    Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries.

    We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in.

    If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at podcast@gai-mn.org and we'll answer your question in the next episode.

    • 41 min
    Verbs, Music, and Live-Streaming Events

    Verbs, Music, and Live-Streaming Events

    This is the first “remote” episode of Hier & There. While we accommodate the stay-at-home orders, Claudia, Katrin, and Michael connected virtually and recorded this episode from their respective homes.

    Katrin leads you through a short lesson in grammar:

    Strong verbs with vowel changes. Get to know and learn how the 11 most common German verbs are used. Click this link to access the GAI’s Quizlet folder and familiarize yourself, practice, and then put it to good use.

    We’re also sharing some helpful tips in “Germanizing” your environment to immerse yourself at home and learn German even quicker.

    The second part of this episode is dedicated to music. Busting the stereotypes of “lederhosen jazz”, the D-A-CH region has a lot more going on than is broadly marketed. There’ll be some familiar names, Freddy Quinn, Heino, Die Zillertaler Schürzenjäger, Helene Fischer, Nena (99 Red Balloons), etc., but there’s more to Germany than meets the ear: The Scorpions (Winds of Change), Falco (Rock Me Amadeus), Herbert Grönemeyer, or large music festivals such as “Rock am Ring”, the origination of European House Music and techno.

    Not to forget, there’s also the depth of cultural meaning expressed through music. The layers of German music are deep, meaningful, and go far beyond what is expected. Check out our website to find out more: https://gai-mn.org/Musik

    The GAI is going Live on Facebook

    Joey Johnson, Monday, May 11 from 7 pm - 8 pm. Join us virtually. You can click straight to our Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/613768545885416/ and let us know that you’ll be joining us.

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    Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries.
    We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in.
    If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at podcast@gai-mn.org and we'll answer your question in the next episode.

    • 35 min
    Special Episode - Part 2: Fred Amram - Reflections on the Holocaust

    Special Episode - Part 2: Fred Amram - Reflections on the Holocaust

    In part 2 of our "mini-series" to commemorate the Holocaust Remembrance Month, Fred Amram joined us at the GAI Haus. Revisiting his past, Fred shares his memories, the way his mother would have viewed our conversation, and the meaning of having become a German citizen again.

    This episode was recorded before COVID-19. We hope, as you are listening to this episode, that you are safe and healthy.  
    Please stay connected with us on various social channels, and subscribe to our newsletter at www.gai-mn.org

    We'll see you soon!

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    Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries.

    We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in.

    If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at podcast@gai-mn.org and we'll answer your question in the next episode.

    • 36 min
    Special Episode - Part 1: Mindy Ratner - The Kaddish, Reflection on the Holocaust

    Special Episode - Part 1: Mindy Ratner - The Kaddish, Reflection on the Holocaust

    Each year, the month of April is dedicated as the Holocaust Remembrance Month. We welcomed MPR's Mindy Ratner to the GAI Haus, for an in-depth and heart-to-heart conversation about her MPR program "The Kaddish - Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words". - Start with our episode, which provides you with a backstory, then click the link and listen to Mindy's broadcast for in-depth stories.

    From the MPR Website:

    A dozen years before the beginning of World War II, the Nazis began what would become the unparalleled slaughter of Europe's "undesirables," most of whom were Jews. Millions would die, but there were survivors as well, each with a unique story. Classical music host Mindy Ratner has gathered a collection of conversations with some of those touched directly by the Holocaust. Mindy's guests include Theodore Bikel — actor, singer, social activist, and master storyteller — who came to the Twin Cities in June 2013, and longtime radio professional Martin Goldsmith, plus members of our own community with stories and insights to share.

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    Special Episode - Part 2: Fred Amram 

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    Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries.

    We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in.

    If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at podcast@gai-mn.org and we'll answer your question in the next episode.

    • 51 min

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