Portnoy's Podcast: Ralph Martin, Hartz IV and naked sledding

Portnoy's Podcast: Ralph Martin, Hartz IV and naked sledding
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The Local is proud to present the third podcast of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, our regular column about life in Germany.


Not wanting to be labelled a web fuddy-duddy, Portnoy is moving with the times. After entertaining readers with his insights about the quirks of living in Germany with his column, the Stammtisch now has its very own podcast.

For Portnoy's third podcast, he and his sidekick Konrad Werner invite Ralph Martin, US author and journalist, for a chat about his latest book Ein Amerikaner in Berlin. They also discuss the dreaded German draft.

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The Local has two copies of Ein Amerikaner in Berlin, which as its title suggests is in GERMAN, to give away. Just answer the following question: What type of car did Ralph Martin drive to a German campground near the Polish border?

Send an email to [email protected] and you’ll be able to enjoy reading about Ralph’s trials and tribulations in the German capital.

Since a good German Stammtisch is a place where pub regulars come to talk over the issues of the day, Portnoy welcomes a lively conversation in the comments area below.



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