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.
Thursday 27 January 2022
: Several years after the war, a strange encounter in the heart of Paris made Zofia Posmysz, a former Auschwitz prisoner, start wondering what...
Friday 17 December 2021
: Get to know Piotr Szkopiak, a London-based film and TV director who’s spent a good portion of his life pondering the nature of his...
Wednesday 10 November 2021
: Nicolaus Copernicus, born in 1473, was the orphaned son of a copper merchant in Toruń. Thanks to his bishop uncle, he obtained a first...
Thursday 07 October 2021
: Vera Chytilová was the most important woman director of the Czechoslovak New Wave – although she remains relatively unknown outside of...
Tuesday 07 September 2021
: Stanisław Lem was a science-fiction writer whose works, abilities and quirky sense of humor convinced Phillip K. Dick that he was too...
Announcing Season IV
Tuesday 24 August 2021
: This year we have more great stories for you! There's going to be a bit of sci-fi, a pinch of socialist realism, a good portion of...
The Fusionist: Zbigniew Namysłowski
Thursday 29 July 2021
: Like most Polish jazz musicians, Zbigniew Namysłowski learned the basics of jazz listening to Willis Conover’s “Jazz Hour”....
The Virtuoso: Adam Makowicz
Friday 16 July 2021
: Adam Makowicz grew up in a house where a piano was the centre of the home. His mother had long planned for him to become a classical...
The New Yorker: Michał Urbaniak
Thursday 01 July 2021
: “Polish jazz group - 100$ a night” Displayed on the posters in Michał Urbaniak’s band’s van while playing across Europe in...
The Queen: Urszula Dudziak
Thursday 17 June 2021
: Urszula’s love for unruly musical experiments got her kicked out from music school when she was a young girl. A few years later, like many...
The Pioneeer: Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski
Thursday 17 June 2021
: It may be hard to believe, but when Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski started playing music, jazz was censored in Poland. As a result of Stalin’s...
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...