The Top Five English Language Podcasts in Berlin – In the months before moving to Berlin, I was excited. I watched German films on Netflix and read books by German authors. But most of all, I listened to any podcast I could find coming out of Berlin — anything to help me understand the place I’d soon call home. 

Berlin’s podcast scene — like the social one — is a mix of stories, discussion, debate, and sometimes, witty banter. These podcasts are great way to get the know the city and will help you get ready before you come, and stay up-to-date once you’re here. 

The Top Five English Language Podcasts in Berlin

Here is a list of some of the top English language podcasts in Berlin:

1) Berlin Briefing

In Berlin, things sometimes happen fast. Berlin Briefing publishes new eight to 10 minute episodes every weekday, so they’re a great way to stay up-to-date on all things changing in the city. Hosted by Abby Ross Menacher and Albert Menacher, and published since 2017, Berlin Briefing covers topics such as demonstrations, public transport strikes, Corona regulation changes, and vaccination news. Slip this into your daily listening schedule and you’ll never miss a beat.

2) Common Ground Berlin

This show is hosted by Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson – a Pulitzer and Peabody award winning journalist and longtime NPR correspondent. In each episode of Common Ground (which comes out every Monday), Soraya hosts a panel of guests to discuss a controversial topic — from lack of housing in Berlin, to censorship and democracy. Past guests include Carla Reemtsma, co-founder of Fridays for Future, and Said Ahmad Arif, Imam of Khadija mosque in Berlin. (I am associated with CG, and it’s still a great show!)

3) Radio Spätkauf

The team of hosts (Joel Dullroy, Maisie Hitchcock, Jöran Mandik, Daniel Stern) at Radio Spaetkauf riff about all things Berlin. They’ve been at it for years, and recently published their 1000th episode! New ones come about one or two times a month. Their “How To F#€k Up An Airport” or “Rent Freeze” series’ are a good place to start. 

4) The Germany Experience

For anyone moving to the country from abroad, The Germany Experience is a must. Hosted by South African Shaun Behrens, the show is about settling in and getting adjusted — he even has 50+ episodes specifically related to “Adapting to Life in Germany ” and 10+ on the “The Germany Language”. New episodes are posted every Wednesday. This is a good one to plug in before you even step foot in the country. 

5) Lost and Sound

A bit different from the rest of the list, Lost and Sound focuses on the music scene – a big part of what makes Berlin such an exciting place to live. Paul Hanford, a writer and DJ himself, talks with musicians, producers, DJs, and more. The episode with Mark Reeder (who you might know from the film “B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin”), is a good first-listen. 

Did we miss something? Let us know about other interesting podcasts in the comments.

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About Our Author

  • Stefano Montali is a journalist and audio producer from near Miami. He’s lived in Berlin for over a year, and collaborates on the Common Ground Berlin podcast, among others.