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A (Very) Brief Look at Angela Merkel’s Chancellorship

As a Merkel-led Germany comes to a close and a new beginning is on the horizon, it seems fitting to take...

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Climate Change and a New Relationship with Nature

In this episode I interview philosophy professor, Dr. David Utsler, who specializes in environmental philosophy. We discuss the recent report from...

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Nora Krug’s Memoir, Belonging

This podcast discusses Nora Krug’s award-winning graphic memoir, Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home (Heimat: Ein deutsches Familienalbum). Krug’s...

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Street art and the Berlin Wall

In this mini-podcast, we give a brief overview of the Berlin Wall and street art. Enjoy! Show Notes Berlin Street Art...

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Welcome to Tip-Top Deutsch

Tip-Top Deutsch explores German language and culture from an (American) English speaker’s perspective through blog posts, podcasts, interviews, and pedagogical resources...

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Cynthia Nielsen

Cynthia Nielsen has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida, a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas, and is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dallas. She is known for her expertise in the field of hermeneutics (focusing especially on the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer), the philosophy of music, aesthetics, and the philosophy of race. In addition to gardening, she enjoys learning languages and is especially interested in German language and culture. Although she is relatively new to podcasting, she loves the medium and is excited about entering into the podcast community.

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