The Trans-Atlanticist

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By: Andrew Sola

Andrew Sola explores the past, present, and future of relations between Europe and the United States with scholars, artists, authors, politicians, journalists, and business leaders. Based at the Amerikazentrum in Hamburg, the Trans-Atlanticist provides you with insights from the thought leaders who are shaping the trans-Atlantic relationship every single day.

A Republic If We Can Keep It - Democracy on the Ballot Since the Very Beginning
#8
Last Thursday at 7:00 AM

with Gottfried Haufe and Thomas Zimmer; introduced by Lina Isabel Stockfisch

The 2024 election is shaping up to be one of the most consequential in history. With two vastly different candidates and visions, the stakes couldn't be higher. What’s particularly concerning this year is the apparent disregard for democratic institutions and values.⁠

Join us as we explore the historical context of this pivotal moment, starting from George Washington’s presidency. To mark 225 years since Washington's passing, Gottfried Haufe and Thomas Zimmer discuss how Washington's precedent of stepping down after two terms has shaped our democracy.⁠

This eve...


A Short History of Organized Crime in Chicago
#7
06/28/2024

with Andrew Sola, Robert Lombardo and Joe Kraus

This episode is part of the ChicagoHamburg30 podcast series, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the Chicago-Hamburg Sister-City partnership.

Chicago is always associated with the Mafia boss Al Capone. But what is the real history of organized crime in the city? When did it begin? What social and economic forces helped it grow? And how did machine politicians, in alliance with gangsters like Al Capone, shape the city?

In this episode, we dissect the connections between vice and politics in the city from its origins to the present...


Literature of Chicago: Upton Sinclair's The Jungle (1906)
#6
06/25/2024

with Andrew Sola, Douglas Cowie, and Dominic Pacyga

This episode is part of the ChicagoHamburg30 podcast series, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the Chicago-Hamburg Sister-City Partnership.

No industry shaped Chicago more decisively than the meatpacking industry, and no book exposed the rapacious, exploitative and vicious character of the meatpacking industry more than Upton Sinclair's The Jungle (1906).

In this episode, we explore the origins and explosive growth of the meatpacking industry, the brutal working conditions on the bloody killing floors, the emergence of literature about Chicago in the early 1900s, the importance of Lithuanians in Chicago...


The 2024 European Union Parliamentary Elections
#5
06/12/2024

with Andrew Sola and Günter Danner

Many of the EU's 370 million eligible voters from 27 countries went to the voting booths between 6 and 9 June 2024 in order to cast their votes for the European Parliament.

In this episode, Andrew Sola and our resident EU expert Günter Danner discuss the EU Parliament, its powers, its role in the constellation of EU institutions, and its inner workings. Furthermore, they discuss the results of the election and their significance for France, Germany, and Europe as a whole.


Queer Chicago
#4
06/08/2024

with Andrew Sola, Owen Keehnen, and Timothy Stewart-Winter

This episode is part of the ChicagoHamburg30 podcast series, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Chicago-Hamburg Sister-City Partnership.

Happy Pride Month!

We celebrate with an episode about Queer Chicago featuring two historians of Queer History, Owen Keehnen and Timothy Stewart-Winter.

Topics include the following: -The difficulties of accessing Queer history since it was repressed and marginalized for so long -The recovery and reclamation of Queer history -Early Gay cultures in the Levy District -The Society for Human Rights, which was the first Gay rights...


The History and Culture of Jewish Chicago
#3
05/04/2024

with Andrew Sola, Tobias Brinkmann, and Joe Kraus

This episode is part of the Amerikazentrum's ChicagoHamburg30 series, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the Chicago-Hamburg Sister-City partnership.

Happy Jewish American Heritage Month! In this episode, we explore the rich and complex history of Jewish Chicago, from the 1850s to the present.

Topics include the following:

-the first Jewish settlers and politicians in Chicago -the influence of German high-culture and Enlightenment philosophy on German Jews in Chicago -the formation of Jewish regimental companies in the Civil War -the second wave of Jewish immigrants and the...


Polish, Czech, Ukrainian, and Lithuanian Chicago and the Hamburg-America Line
#2
05/02/2024

with Andrew Sola, Dominic Pacyga, and Tobias Brinkmann

This episode is part of the ChicagoHamburg30 podcast series, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the Chicago-Hamburg Sister-City partnership.

In this episode, Dominic Pacyga (Emeritus Professor of History, Columbia College Chicago) and Tobias Brinkmann (Malvin and Lea Bank Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Penn State) discuss the immigration of Poles, Czechs, Ukrainians and Lithuanians to Chicago via the Hamburg-America Line.

Topics include the following: -the first Eastern European immigrants in the 1850s -the self-definition of these groups through language, religion, and ethnicity -the concept of spatial...


The History and Culture of Black Chicago
#1
05/01/2024

with Andrew Sola and Mary Pattillo

This episode is part of the ChicagoHamburg30 podcast series, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the Chicago-Hamburg Sister-City partnership.

Learn more about the history and culture of Black Chicago with award-winning scholar Dr. Mary Pattillo, Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at Northwestern University.

Topics include the difficulties in defining Black Chicago, which is neither a static nor homogenous concept; the two waves of the Great Migration of Black people from the rural South to the cities of the North in the early 1900s; the important differences between...


The Politics Podcast: 2024 European and US Preview
#21
12/29/2023

with Andrew Sola and Günter Danner

In the final episode of 2023, Sola and Danner look ahead to 2024. They discuss three issues that will influence a number of elections in 2024: the immigration crisis, the war in Ukraine, and the macroeconomic situation.

They then use these issues as a lens to analyze five upcoming elections: the Russian presidential elections in March; the EU parliamentary elections in June; the east German state elections in Brandenburg, Thuringia, and Saxony in September; the expected parliamentary elections in the UK; and the mother of all presidential elections in the USA in November.


The Politics Podcast: 2023 European Year in Review
#20
12/19/2023

with Andrew Sola and Günter Danner

In our wrap-up of political developments in the EU in 2023, Sola and Danner discuss the results of the five big European elections this year in Italy, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. Are we seeing the entrenchment of the far-right across Europe? Or are centrist politicians regaining the advantage? The second topic is the European Council Summit that took place last week and that yielded some mixed results for Ukraine, due to the obstinance of Viktor Orban, PM of Hungary. Lastly, we evaluate the performance of the German coalition government, which had a...