Ich bin ein Jelly Donut?

Walls. Seems like people can’t get enough of them. So in this weeks episode, we’re going to talk about them.

This time, however, we’re going to be talking about a wall that’s no longer around - the Berlin Wall. Well, parts of it are still around and covered with colorful drawings that make it much less frightening than when it was first erected in 1961.

Two years later, President John F. Kennedy made a visit to Berlin and delivered his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. But, since then, rumours have been circulating as to the real meaning of the speech. The urban legend has it that what Kennedy actually said was “I am a jelly donut”, as the Berliner was the name given to a local pastry.

So was it true?

In order to help get to the bottom of this mystery, our special guest on this episode is comedian Sandy Wieding, a fourth generation Berlin native and former East German. We’ll talk about the real meaning of “Ich bin ein Berliner”, what type of donuts Germans like and what it was like to grow up as a child in East Berlin.

We’ll also be reviewing the video by German rap group Ufo360, “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

Have a view of the video before you catch the episode so you can see exactly what we’re talking bout.

This episode brought to you in part by our other podcast Comedy History 101.

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