June 14, 2020No Comments

The Isolation Series: The End

It’s been a while since my last isolation series show and while I’d received some wonderful recordings in the last month, unfortunately due to personal reasons I was unable to dedicate the time that I needed to continue with this audio project. Regardless, I still wanted to say thank you to everyone who submitted stories and shared their thoughts on the lockdown with me, thank you to all the listeners for taking the time to connect and write messages to me. They’ve all been very much appreciated.

In the last few weeks, many of the lockdown measures have been lifted and step by step things have been going back to normal. Berlin is quickly coming back to life, it’s like the entire city has woken up from its winter’s rest. It feels good to see the streets fill up with laughter again. That’s the Berlin I was hoping to meet, that’s the Berlin I had imagined – energetic, vibrant and blooming.

And yet, it still feels wrong to me not to wrap up the isolation series with one last submission. That’s why I’d like to share with you the monologue by Lois Down from Scotland. Her story very much feels like a new beginning. She takes a look back on what the last few months have meant to us internally and how they’ve changed the way we perceive life. It sparks positivity for what’s yet to come, which is why it’s a perfect way to end this series. Thank you for everyone who listened, on to the show. This is Lois Downs, I hope you enjoy.

February 24, 2020No Comments

Through the Lens of: Justin Moya Montenegro

In 2012 I spent six months in Costa Rica doing voluntary service at my local school. I haven’t been back to the country since, but I still think back filled with nostalgia. I remember the warmth of the ticos, the thick hot air and the rich greenness at every corner. One time this February I spoke on the phone to one of my former students, the 20-year-old Justin, who aspires to become a big name in fashion photography. We stayed in touch over the years, so I called him up one evening to do an interview. We spoke about many things…How his bicultural background influences his work, why he thinks art is not valued in Costa Rica, why he should have followed his gut when choosing a career and how despite his struggle with mental health he never stopped doing art. This is the first time that Justin and I see and talk to each other in almost a decade. A situation that is doomed to be awkward…or is it? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. You'll have to listen to figure it out. I hope you enjoy.

December 24, 2019No Comments

Silver Lining

This show features Elke Schilling, the founder of Berlin's Silbernetz hotline for people over 60 who are feeling lonely and need someone to talk to. We talk the traumatic experience that inspired Schilling to launch this initiative, the stigma of age and loneliness as well as the main reasons why people call the hotline. This Christmas, Silbernetz launches for the whole of Germany - they are available from 24.12 - 1.1.2020, 24/7 under the phone number: 0800 4 70 80 90.

Music by E's Jammy Jams.

October 4, 2019No Comments

That Girl

A show about the Viennese singer Syannah. The 22-year-old speaks about self-doubt, how self-development courses helped her to go after her dream and the unrealistic expectations women face in the music industry. I sat down with the young songwriter to find out how she overcame her fears and societal expectations to achieve her goal. Besides, she shares why authenticity and being honest with her audience is what she wants to be remembered as, why Rachel Platten is her hero and how being on stage is the closest she's ever felt to being at home.

Music credits: Syannah
Photo credit: Tobias Dellit

May 1, 2019No Comments

Memories

What does it feel like to lose the person you call home? This is a show about heartbreak.

April 10, 2019No Comments

Impressions from a foreign Homeland

A story about going back to where you come from after 14 years. Born in Belarus, I moved to Austria with my mother when I had just turned 13. This is a story about the inevitable, which is our human urge to belong.

Music by Peter Körber and Chris Haugen.

What You Call Home is an audio series, exploring the meaning of home through personal memoirs of people like you & me. This project shows that no matter where we come from, we all yearn to belong, be understood as we are & have the freedom to express ourselves in a personal way.

 

What You Call Home is an audio series, exploring the meaning of home through personal memoirs of people like you and me.