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.
Announcing: Rebel Spirits
Friday 30 April 2021
: This week we've a special preview for you: Rebel Spirits! It's a podcast about five Polish jazz musicians who came of age in the 1950s and...
Wednesday 31 March 2021
: In 1967, Marian Marzyński was a popular TV show host and filmmaker in Poland. But then a seemingly faraway military clash sparked an...
Monday 01 March 2021
: In 1938, Hitler's forces marched into Czechoslovakia, a country that had only gained its independence two decades earlier. A puppeteer named...
Wednesday 27 January 2021
: Back in 2019, we got the chance to interview Anastasija Gulej. She was 95 at the time, living a happy life in one of Kyiv's suburbs. If you...
Thursday 31 December 2020
: ‘Romania today is possibly the only European country where you can bump into a witch at the supermarket.’ The history of witches...
Monday 30 November 2020
: In the summer of 1976, the late Polish film director Andrzej Żuławski, responsible for infamous cult classics such as The Devil (1972) and...
Saturday 31 October 2020
: After the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east in 1939, many thousands of Polish families were deported to Siberian forced labour...
Wednesday 30 September 2020
: As much as The People’s Republic of Poland may seem a distant country hidden behind the Iron Curtain, it was an open and welcoming one......
Monday 31 August 2020
: In August 1980, after the firing of popular shipyard worker, Anna Walentynowicz, a strike broke out at the Vladimir Lenin Shipyard in...
Thursday 16 July 2020
: Chernobyl had cast a shadow over our childhoods. It was reportedly the cause of all the chronic diseases we’d struggled with. In the...
Announcing Season III
Wednesday 08 July 2020
: 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...
EWA & LENA
Friday 01 November 2019
: How a teen's letter to a stranger in the Soviet Union led to a long-distance friendship that has lasted decades. Like many teens growing...
Friday 25 October 2019
: How a giant communal song festival helped Estonians regain independence from the USSR. Part of our mini-series The Final Curtain. In...
Friday 18 October 2019
: 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...
Friday 11 October 2019
: 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...
Friday 04 October 2019
: 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...
EDGAR & MICHAEL
Friday 27 September 2019
: How East Berlin's leading political cabaret tried to get their message through despite strict state censorship... and what happened when the...
Friday 20 September 2019
: Meet the headstrong musician who's been viciously rebelling against both of the systems he lived under... and created some truly...
Friday 13 September 2019
: How a banned singer-songwriter became an unwilling musical hero through his home-copied cassettes. Jacek Kleyff was an increasingly...
Friday 06 September 2019
: How an East German cameraman filmed the first major demonstrations in the GDR from the top of a church steeple in Leipzig. A month later,...
Thursday 29 August 2019
: How Polish opposition activists began transmitting their own pirate radio and 'hacked' communist-run state TV. Part of our mini-series The...
Friday 23 August 2019
: How a photographer from London gave the rest of the world a glimpse of everyday life behind the Iron Curtain. Part of our mini-series The...
Friday 23 August 2019
: How a well-known opposition leader evaded capture by the communist authorities for almost five years. Part of our mini-series The Final...
Announcing: The Final Curtain
Friday 09 August 2019
: THE FINAL CURTAIN: a new series of personal tales from the Eastern Bloc’s demise. Launching August 23rd in the Stories From The Eastern...
Thursday 28 February 2019
: Finland + technology = Nokia, doesn’t it? Yes, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Finland is responsible for many technological...