50 episodes

We have so many stories in our lives, but our stories are not always heard. Talking to others about our own stories can be very liberating and healing. When you tell your true story publicly, it becomes a collective story because you realize that other people have experienced more or less the same Story.On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"

Hear My True Story Otako

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We have so many stories in our lives, but our stories are not always heard. Talking to others about our own stories can be very liberating and healing. When you tell your true story publicly, it becomes a collective story because you realize that other people have experienced more or less the same Story.On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"

    Reggae music breaks boundaries!

    Reggae music breaks boundaries!

    In this episode we have another conversation with Oggie Wisdom Lauer, a musician and bandleader from Marburg, Hesse, Germany.
    He talks about the kind of music he makes as a musician and bandleader of the Rasing Fire Reggae Band from Marburg. He says, "Reggae music breaks boundaries. We are all God's children, we are fighting to end injustice. We want justice for all, we don't want discrimination based on race, class, religion or region!".We preach about love! This is the music we make as Raising Fire Reggae Band!

    Oggie Wisdom Lauer is a well known artist and musician from Zambia  living in Germany where he leads an African Roots Reggae band called Rising Fire Reggae Band in Marburg.

    Rising Fire is an African Roots Reggae band from Marburg, Germany. The band was founded in 2009 by Oggie Wisdom Lauer, from Zambia, as lead singer and guitar player. The band plays Roots Reggae, Ska, Dub, Rhumba and more. In 2010 Rising Fire was announced as the best reggae band in Hessen County. Since then the band plays all over Germany among other bands from Germany, Jamaica and Africa. In April 2017 Rising Fire had a very successful tour in Israel, including shows in Tel Aviv and Jam session with the Israeli famous reggae scene. The band brings with the music a great message to the audience- TO LOVE! We are all one people. If you have a voice- speak up! It doesn't matter what color your skin is, what your religion is, or where are you from. The band carries this message to shows all over the world, with music in German, African, English, Hebrew and more.
    On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations
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    • 47 min
    How do I become an educator in Germany?

    How do I become an educator in Germany?

    In this episode, Otako shares his personal experience of training to become an educator in Germany. After a successful first year, he tells his personal story of how and why he chose this career path. 

    How do I become an educator?

    Surely, your desire to become an educator does not come by chance. You probably have always enjoyed working with children or adolescents, and from a young age you have taken care of your siblings' or neighbors' children. You should also have the following qualities so that you are well prepared for the profession:

    Empathy 
    creative and manual skills 
    good powers of observation
    sociability and communication skills
    sense of responsibility 
    School requirements


    On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations
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    • 24 min
    Why do Germans have so many types of bread?

    Why do Germans have so many types of bread?

    With so many types of bread in Germany, it can sometimes be difficult to choose when you're at the bakery!
    In this episode, CJ and Otako share their experiences with a cultural food sock they experienced when they came to Germany in 2019 and how they couldn't understand why Germans eat bread for lunch, dinner, breakfast and even as a snack!

    Good bread is part of the German culture
    There are more than 3200 officially recognized bread varieties in Germany, says the "Deutsches Brotinstitut" (German Bread Institute). Some of the varieties even differ depending on the region in which they are located. In fact, the main reason why there are so many bread varieties in Germany is because there are so many rye, spelt and wheat varieties that are native to the country.







    On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations
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    • 21 min
    Why do Germans talk so much about the weather?

    Why do Germans talk so much about the weather?

    In this episode, CJ and Otako talk about their first experiences with winter and summer in Germany and how they experienced the weather sock, but they also found it fascinating that Germans talk so much about the weather. It's a topic that can always be used to start a conversation, but also to avoid a conversation.
    Guess what your roommate might ask you about the weather even though you live in the same apartment and city, and he or she won't ask you how you're doing? 

    We will also tell you about our first encounter with the cultures practiced in Germany during the summer, namely Freikörperkultur (FKK), a social and health culture that has its origins in the German Empire; its beginnings are historically part of the social movement of the Lebensreform in the late 19th century.
    Freikörperkultur consists of combining the health aspects of being naked in light, air and sun with life and social reform intentions.
    It is partly identical with naturism, naturism and free-body culture in the sense of communal nudity of people and families in leisure, sports and everyday life.


    On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations
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    • 30 min
    Why it takes effort to integrate into a new culture.

    Why it takes effort to integrate into a new culture.

    In this episode, Otako shares his personal experience of why it takes effort to integrate into a new culture, based on a true story. Otako moved to Germany from Uganda in 2019, but in order to enjoy Germany he has to be culturally open-minded, he has to integrate into the new German culture and system.  As a migrant, you have to work really hard to integrate, but what cultures can you integrate into or not?

    Integration and Integration Policies in Germany
    Germany's population has been shaped through immigration; more than 20 percent of the country's residents have a migration background. However, the promotion of the integration of immigrants was only specified as a governmental task in the Immigration Law in 2005. To this day, immigrants and their descendants do not have the same opportunities to participate in central social areas.
    On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations
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    • 18 min
    Why do strange things always happen on trains?

    Why do strange things always happen on trains?

    This episode is about the strange things that happen on trains in Germany. The hosts tell about real experiences they had while traveling by public transport in Europe. Through these experiences, you learn a lot about how weird traveling can be sometimes. 
    On the Hear My True Story Podcast, we tell our own True Stories through storytelling, spoken word, comedy, music, hosted interviews, and conversations based on real experiences. You don't have to be a storyteller or writer because, "Life writes the best stories!"Support  Donations
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    • 18 min