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POLcast is an English language podcast created for everybody interested in Poland. Each episode brings you interesting interviews, historical facts, trivia and more.

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POLcast is an English language podcast created for everybody interested in Poland. Each episode brings you interesting interviews, historical facts, trivia and more.

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POLcast

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POLcast is an English language podcast created for everybody interested in Poland. Each episode brings you interesting interviews, historical facts, trivia and more.

Rank #1: POLcast episode 55

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This is a special episode of POLcast, recorded during my visit to Poland in June, where Margaret received the prestigious journalistic Maciej Plazynski Award for her work on POLcast.

In this episode you will hear:Interviews:• And the M. Plazynski award for POLcast was granted by….Jarosław Włodarczyk is the president of the Press Club Polska. This organization is the founder of the annual Maciej Płażyński award together with Jakub Plazynski, a son of the late Maciej Plazynski. This year’s award in the category of “Journalist of a Polish diaspora medium” was granted to Margaret P. Bonikowska for her work on POLcast.

• The inspiring time at the steering wheelJeremy Wallace is the charge d’affaires at the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw, now the acting chief diplomat there until the arrival of the new Canadian ambassador.

• Helping the talented Polish teenagers study abroadMarzena Reich helps to place Polish teenagers in prestigious British boarding schools.

• The freedom that comes at a priceTwo Muslim students from Turkey talked about their experience of Poland.

• “The best Canadian thriller of 2018”?Rafal Sokolowski talks about his feature directorial debut “22 Chaser” which opened on Friday June 6, at the Carlton Cinemas in Toronto.

Also in this episode:

    Some sounds of Warsaw:
    Great Poles – the team of POLcast’s collaborators talk about themselves
    The song at the end of Epsode 55 was recorded at the Music Theatre in Gdynia during the show “Poczekalnia” after the award gala
Jul 08 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #2: POLcast episode 47

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• Poppies on Canadian graves in Poland

Nancy Campbell - a Canadian teacher (an great fan of Poland) who initiated an international collaboration between an elementary school in Poland and an organization out of Edmonton called No Stone Left Alone. She recently visited Krakow to attend an event - the result of this unique partnership between Poland and Canada

• A child's journey from the Arctic to the Equator - Part 2

Irene Tomaszewski - an Ottawa-based writer and editor, talks about the unbelievable story of thousands of Polish children (herself included) traveling from Siberia via Iran and India to Africa during WWII. Part 2 focuses on the African chapter.

•  The man who saved our planet

Slawomir Grunberg - an Emmy-winning director, documentary producer and superb cinematographer, educated in Poland at the renowned Lodz Polish Film School, working in the US since 1981, author of dozens of award-winning films, talks about the film he made about the late Stanislaw Pietrov, who saved the world in 1983.

Also in this episode:

• Being Black In Poland

• Polish Roma (Cyganie)

• "Smacznego! Eating Polish" - salmon salad

• Updates: Andrzej Rozbicki's Polish-Canadian-Cuban story and Filip Terlecki

• Our music for you - the best of Polish Roma music.

Oct 07 2017
53 mins
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Rank #3: POLcast episode 39

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For full length interviews, visuals and a lot of additional information please visit our website at myPOLcast.com  
POLcast is the FIRST EVER English language podcast about Poland and Poles around the world. It's a colourful audio magazine delivered directly to your computer, smartphone or tablet.
If you have a Polish customer, colleague, girlfriend or grandmother – you will hear something that will help you to enrich these relations
Feb 05 2017
51 mins
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Rank #4: POLcast episode 42

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In this episode you will hear:

• How a young German sees the complicated relationship between Germany and Poland - the past and the present (part 1).

• How it is possible to master the "impossibly difficult" Polish language when you are British,

• How to travel the world with a young child and have extra fun.

Interviews:

• Johannes Schneider - a German, born and educated in Germany, who also lived for a number of years in Austria, now a Canadian, talks about his native country's troubled past - WWII and its relationship with Poland (part 1 of the interview),

• Richard Washington - a Brit, who has lived and worked in Poland for nearly 7 years, fully fluent in Polish, talks about his adventure of learning Polish,

• Sergiusz Pinkwart - a journalist, blogger, author and passionate traveller, specializing in travelling with a child and writing about it with his wife.

Also in this episode:

• POLcast's 1st Birthday - our summary

• Roberto, a Maltese radio journalist working in Poland, talks about his experience of living in Poland

• “Smacznego! Eating Polish” -  apple raisin cake

• Leonard Cohen in Polish.

For full length interviews, visuals and a lot of additional information please visit our website at myPOLcast.com  
POLcast is the FIRST EVER English language podcast about Poland and Poles around the world. It's a colourful audio magazine delivered directly to your computer, smartphone or tablet.
If you have a Polish customer, colleague, girlfriend or grandmother – you will hear something that will help you to enrich these relations
Apr 29 2017
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #5: POLcast episode 48

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• A legend that needed to exist

Dariusz Rosiak, a renowned Polish press and radio journalist and author, has just published his 6th book “Biało-czerwony. Tajemnica Sat Okha” (White and red. The secret of Sat Okh).

Sat Okh, Long Feather (c. 1920 – July 3, 2003), was supposedly born to a Polish woman and a native Canadian Shawnee chief, then returned to Poland, where he fought in WW2, worked in the navy and then started his career of informing Poles and other Europeans about the culture and tradition of native Canadians.

• Time for the young Poles in Canada

Quo Vadis in Latin means “where are you going?”. It is the title of an 1896 iconic historical novel by one of the most famous Polish writers Henryk Sienkiewicz, which contributed to his Nobel Prize for literature in 1905.

Young Polish Canadians have adopted this phrase as the title of their conferences. There have been already 12 Quo Vadis conferences, the latest one in Burlington outside Toronto on October 13 and 14, 2017.

•  Suitcases that change people’s lives

Not Just Tourists was founded with the purpose of getting medical supplies to those who can’t afford them in third world countries. Tourists can change the lives of the inhabitants of the countries they visit. POLcast talks to a Polish Canadian whose life has also changed as a result of being involved in this amazing organization.

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Nov 05 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #6: POLcast episode 56

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    A childhood dream that came true

Maple syrup, Leonard Cohen, hockey – these are Canadian icons. There is one more, very special – Anne of Green Gables, the red-haired orphan whose life in Avonlea in Prince Edward Island was described by author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Bernadeta Milewski is a Pole living in the US, whose life has been influenced by Anne of Green Gables in many ways.

    The money is on the road – a study of immorality

After the successul premiere of hs feature debut “22 Chaser”, we talk to Polish Canadian filmmaker – Rafal Sokolowski, an award-winning film and theatre director whose short films have been shown worldwide.

    White and red hearts from Chicago

The Jeopardy-style 2nd annual contest tests elementary and high school students of Polish language schools in Canada and the US on their knowledge about Poland – its history, geography, culture, traditions (and this year also sports) – all in Polish.

    Great Poles – about themselves and their recent accoplishments and projects

Smacznego! Eating Polish – Polish sauces

Aug 12 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #7: POLcast episode 44

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• Marek Probosz - a Polish success story in Hollywood, where he came for a short visit in 1987 as a big Easter European star - film, television and stage actor in his native Poland with more than 50 starring roles  and numerous awards, known across Eastern Europe as the “De Niro of Poland”(part 1 of the interview),

• John Godson - the first black man in Polish Parliament. He moved from Nigeria to Poland in 1993 and in 2001 received Polish citizenship. A minister, missionary, academic, politician, actor, teacher, businessman, he was first a city councillor in Lodz and then became a member of Parliament.

• A bicultural Polish-Indian family living in Canada.

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• A brief (and brilliant) history of Poland by Dr. Walter Perchal, York University, Toronto.

Also in this episode:

• Differences between a normal friend and a Polish friend

• "Smacznego! Eating Polish" - Polish hamburgers "kotlety siekane"

• Updates: Bart Soroczyński, Ola Turkiewicz and Ron Davis

• An interesting Polish music connection.

Jun 24 2017
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #8: POLcast episode 50

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• An orchestra which saves lives

Since 1993 the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, a non-governmental charity in Poland, has been working tirelessly with one goal in mind "Health Protection and Saving Children's Lives through Providing Medical Equipment to Public Hospitals". It was created by Jurek Owsiak and had millions of followers all over the world. It has recently played in Canada.

• North America's only mayor with Polish roots

Bonnie (Bozena) Crombie, former member of federal parliament and Mississauga councillor, became mayor of Mississauga in 2014 after her predecessor 93-year-old Hazel McCallion stepped down after 36 years in office. 

• Success inspired by the 1930s cartoons

Tina Nawrocki is a Canadian illustrator and 2D animator, a lead animator for the highly successful video game Cuphead inspired by cartoons of the 1930s.

Also in this episode:

• Episode 1 of "Great Poles" - the first interview produced by our young partners in Poland who produce an English language website greatpoles.pl 

• Smacznego! Eating Polish: savoy cabbage

Jan 21 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #9: POLcast episode 45

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A hero from zero (part 2)

Marek Probosz - a Polish success story in Hollywood, where he came for a short visit in 1987 as a big Easter European star - film, television and stage actor in his native Poland with more than 50 starring roles  and numerous awards, known across Eastern Europe as the “De Niro of Poland”(part 2 of the interview),

•  Polish-Jewish roots turned life mission

Peter Jassem - the head of the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation, a dynamic organization in Toronto. An accomplished architect in his day job, he has devoted over a decade of his life to this labour of love.

•  Kraków through the young lens

Philip Zave - a Toronto artist shares his impressions from Kraków and Auschwitz.

•  What shocks foreigners when they visit Poland

Wolters World - Mark Wolters travels the world and shares his observations on his YouTube channel. This one is on Poland.

 

Also in this episode:

• Niceties vs. directness in the English and Polish languages

• "Smacznego! Eating Polish" - the amazing summer soup "chłodnik"

• Updates: Tomasz Kozłowski and Andrzej Rozbicki and his "Music and History" program

• An interesting Polish music connection.

Jul 22 2017
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #10: POLcast episode 51

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• Polish folk music - the multicultural way

Polky Village Band was created by ethnomusiologist, musician and singer from Poland Ewelina Ferenc and consists of Canadian musicians of various ethnic backgrounds. They charm Canadian audiences with Polish fold music and dances.

• Polish-Canadian-Japanese artist's help for Laos, India, and Uganda

Sylvia Beauchain lives in Japan, with which she feels very close spiritual connection, and has devoted her life to her two great passions – art and helping those in need, which she has successfully connected to change other people’s lives.

Also in this episode:

• The Crooked House in Sopot

• The story of Chopin's heart

• Smacznego! Eating Polish: white fish in horseradish sauce

The "polska" dance

Feb 18 2018
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #11: POLcast episode 49

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Our POLcast's third award - granted to us by CEMA (Canadian Ethnic Media Association).

Interviews:

• Great Poles - a project by young history buffs

A group of ambitious high school students from Poland (and not only) worked for months to create a website called greatpoles.pl which has just been launched. It’s a beautifully prepared English language website featuring great Poles from the past and those who make Poland known around the world today. Stanislaw Borawski, a history buff, is one of the key people behind the Great Poles project.

How I reconnected with my Polishness

Quo Vadis in Latin means “where are you going?”. It is the title of an 1896 iconic historical novel by one of the most famous Polish writers Henryk Sienkiewicz, which contributed to his Nobel Prize for literature in 1905. Young Polish Canadians have adopted this phrase as the title of their conferences. There have been already 12 Quo Vadis conferences, the latest one in Burlington outside Toronto on October 13 and 14, 2017.

We present a continuation of a story we featured in our last Episode 48, when we shared with you the ideas and goals of the young Polonia - Canadians of Polish descent, young professionals, who have created and are continuing a movement called Quo Vadis? POLcast talks to another young Polish Canadian involved in the movement and in organizing those conferences - Louiza Szacon to hear her take on “Polishness”.

Beyond bravery - the Auschwitz volunteer 

Marek Probosz is one of the few Poles who made it in Hollywood - actor, director, screenplay writer, university lecturer, who is passionate about history. Among dozens of roles he played, there was one that was very special because this character was a truly extraordinary and heroic human being - captain Witold Pilecki. 

Also in this episode:

• Wawel Treasures' trip from Poland to Canada and back

Smacznego! Eating Polish: apple kompot

• Christmas traditions - unconventionally

MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
WESOŁYCH ŚWIĄT i SZCZĘŚLIWEGO NOWEGO ROKU!
Dec 10 2017
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #12: POLcast episode 46

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• An eye-opening experience of the world of the blind

Monika Dybiel - a blind guide from Warsaw's "Invisible Exhibition" talks about this special place and the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired

•  "Creative" is the word

Filip Terlecki - a Toronto-based filmmaker - director and screenplay writer, founder of a  multi-platform production company, talks about his most recent film and working in advertising.

 

Also in this episode:

• How to piss off a Pole

• "Smacznego! Eating Polish" - yummy summer salads

• Updates: Tomasz Kozłowski, Ola Turkiewicz and Marek Probosz

• An interesting Polish music connection - a prewar hit.

Sep 03 2017
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #13: POLcast episode 43

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    How a young German sees the complicated relationship between Germany and Poland – the past and the present (part 2).
    What Canada’s Ambassador to Poland sees as his role in Poland and how he promotes Canada there.
    How an extreme sport can lead to much more than an adrenaline rush and records.

Interviews:

• Johannes Schneider - a German, born and educated in Germany, who also lived for a number of years in Austria, now a Canadian, talks about his native country's troubled past - WWII and its relationship with Poland (part 2 of the interview),

• His Excellency Stephen de Boer - Canada’s Ambassador to Poland since December 2015.

• Tomasz Kozłowski - a psychologist by profession, whose life passion is extreme sports - mainly skydiving, mountain rescues. Author.

Also in this episode:

• Paradise Cave• Foreigners in Poland - who and why?• "Smacznego! Eating Polish" - traditional pork chops

• Goodbye to one of the best - Zbigniew Wodecki's music

May 27 2017
59 mins
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Rank #14: POLcast episode 54

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In this episode:• The eye - where the microscope and the paintbrush meet

Eva Henry (Toronto) is an artist and Dorota Skowrońska Krawczyk(California) is a scientist who work together to create VISIONS.• Looking for love stories across Canada

Monika Grzelak, a photographer from Toronto, drove across Canada to find and photograph couples in love.• The teacher taking his students far away from the classroom

There are special teachers - Marcin Zarod is one of them.

Also in this episode:

    Coś z Polski
    Great Poles -  Kazimierz Nowak
    Smacznego - Fruit tarts  
Jun 10 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #15: POLcast episode 53

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• MozART Group - string virtuosos with appetite for fun

There are four of them, most accomplished virtuoso string players (two violins, a viola and a cello),  graduates of prestigious music Academies in Warsaw and Łódź. They have been playing together since 1995, when  they began to create their own style - classical music with humour - their own unique musical cabaret. Now the award winning MozART Group is admired all over the world, their DVDs fly off the shelves (and the internet) and each of their YouTube videos is watched by hundreds of thousands and often over a million viewers all around the world. Each year they visit over 20 countries on all the continents.

• Konekt - a new brand of Polishness
In Episode 48 we talked about a movement of young dynamic Polish Canadian professionals who have organized 12 annual youth conferences called "Quo Vadis?", which means "Where are you going?”, the last of which was held last fall in Burlington. They had been meeting and talking about the future of Canada’s Polish community until they came up with Konekt, a new young Polish Canadian professionals’ own organization.  

Also in this episode:

Greatpoles.pl on Andrzej Panufnik.

• Updates  - Marek Probosz:  Auschwitz No. 423

• Smacznego! Eating Polish: chicken in lemon sauce

• The Holy Mountain of Grabarka:

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May 07 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #16: POLcast episode 57

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• Poles and Jews meet through their common music

Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk, born in Poland, is a singer, accordion player and researcher of Eastern European musical folklore. Since the very beginning of her creative work, she has been focusing on Jewish music of Ashkenazi roots. She converted into Judaism and now lives and works in Jerusalem. She performed at Toronto’s Lula Lounge at the 2018 Ashkenaz Festival with her three Polish musicians.

• The Things of Warsaw

When I was in Poland in June, I attended the official opening of the Museum of Warsaw, also referred to as the Museum of Things, located in a number of historic buildings in the Old Town Market Square.

    From law and math to the cutting-edge computing technology

Bohr Technology Inc., based in Warsaw, works on creative ideas behind the new revolutionary quantum computers, which in the next 5 years will probably start replacing classic computers for the purpose of solving optimisation problems. Witold Kowalczyk and Przemyslaw Chojecki are the founders and the brains behind this innovative startup company.

• The statue of Fahrenheit in Gdansk

• Smacznego! Eating Polish – peach turnovers

• We leave you with “Rebecca” sung by Olga Mieleszczuk

Sep 16 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #17: POLcast episode 59

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We are releasing this episode on a very special day - today, on 11 November 2018, Poland and Poles around the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.

After 123 years of partitions, on 11 November 1918, the dream of generations of Poles came true: the Polish state was reborn and Poland reappeared on the maps of Europe.

In this episode you will hear:The story of 100 years of Poland's independence

Special gift to Poland on its 100th anniversary of independenceInterviews:• Each child deserves to learn musicArthur Lewinowicz, a violin and viola player, composer and teacher, has made it his life mission to help kids with various disabilities and special needs learn to play the violin and enjoy music. His school Singing Strings in Toronto offers unconventional music education to everybody, including kids from low income families.

• Celebrating Poland - top young Polish writers in Toronto“Celebrating Poland” at the 39th Toronto International Festival of Authors featured a panel discussion and a Q&A with three top young Polish authors chaired by our own Canadian best selling author Eva Stachniak and hosted by prof. Tamara Trojanowska, Director for the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the UofT, former director of the Polish Language and Literature Program.

• Love for Polish cuisine - comfort food with multiple personalitiesEvery episode of POLcast brings you a taste of Polish cuisine - those yummy recipes come from Laura and Peter Zeranski, authors of two cook books sold around the world and a hugely popular blog.

Nov 11 2018
1 hour 45 mins
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Rank #18: POLcast episode 58

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In this episode you will hear:Interviews:• A ticking piece of Poland with a charity twistRobin Devine makes beautiful watches which she donates as gifts to hundreds of veterans, at the same time providing significant support for many charities (over 22 years around half a million dollars have been donated to numerous charitable causes). Now on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence, she created an exquisite Polish Eagle Watch to celebrate this special occasion.

• It starts with a bang - Scotland and PolandWanda Koscia talks to Neal Ascherson, a renowned Scottish author and journalist, with books and articles on a wide range of topics: including the Congo, the Spanish Civil War, archaeology, Scotland and more, an expert on Poland, who recently published his first novel “The Death of the Fronsac”.

• EKRAN - 10 years of Polish film in TorontoThe 10th EKRAN Toronto Polish Festival is starting very soon, on November 5. Nine years is a long time - lots of films, guests, screenings, events. It's a perfect moment to look back.

• Great Poles - Henryk Sienkiewicz

• Smacznego! Eating Polish  - halusky

Oct 14 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #19: POLcast episode 52

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• A mission to give voices to those who are not heard

Art gives a voice, empowers, returns dignity and changes lives. This is what Anna Rak and the acting school she graduated from in New York believe in. Anna is a Polish actress there who works with inmates - her work has also changed her life. She also aims to give a voice to art communities in New York who have so much to offer and are not heard enough.

 

• A Polish-Canadian athlete wins gold for Canada in Pyeongchang 

Alex Kopacz was born in a Polish Canadian family in London, Ontario. At 6 foot 5 (195 cm) you would imagine him in basketball, but Alex is the reigning Olympic co-champion in the two-man bobsleigh event. Together with his pilot they won gold for Canada at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

 

• People of African descent in Poland

We have heard on POLcast about the experience of people from other countries and ethnicities living in Poland. One person who has actually done solid research in this field is Sarah Grunberg, a sociologist and professor at Ithaca College, New York, who wrote a PhD thesis at the Graduate School for Social Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the University of Warsaw on Race and Identity in the Polish-African Communities of Poland.

 

Also in this episode:

Greatpoles.pl on Ernest Malinowski.

• Smacznego! Eating Polish: wild mushroom soup

Mar 11 2018
48 mins
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Rank #20: POLcast episode 40

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    Interviews:

    • Ela Kinowska and Piotr Sobierajski – Polish Canadians who are travelling across Canada (now in the North) with their RED COUCH to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada and record of Canadians from coast to coast to coast

    • Minister Valerie Adams-Patterson – minister of communities responsible for housing of Guyana and her delegation (including a Polish Canadian and a Guyanese Canadian) on their way to Poland

    • Jakub Nagrodzki - a Cambridge University student of medicine and president of the Cambridge University Polish Society, main organizer of the 10th Congress of Polish Student Societies in the UK held at Cambridge University.

    Also in this episode:

    • The peculiarities of the Polish language - vocabulary traps• Non-Poles about Poles and Poland• “Smacznego! Eating Polish” – delicious strawberry pie• Poles' love for jazz - jazz festivals in Poland.

For full length interviews, visuals and a lot of additional information please visit our website at myPOLcast.com  
POLcast is the FIRST EVER English language podcast about Poland and Poles around the world. It's a colourful audio magazine delivered directly to your computer, smartphone or tablet.
If you have a Polish customer, colleague, girlfriend or grandmother – you will hear something that will help you to enrich these relations
Mar 04 2017
54 mins
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