Sin City: Decadence and Doom in Weimar Berlin

Sin City: Decadence and Doom in Weimar Berlin
Anita Berber onstage, 1920s

Anita Berber onstage, 1920s

You couldn’t find anything more nauseating than what goes on in Berlin, quite openly, every day. The people there don’t know how low they have sunk. Evil does not know itself there. That town is doomed more than Sodom ever was.  —Christopher Isherwood

Maedels logoPolitics, poverty, cabaret and sex are the words that sum up Weimar Berlin, the city that flourished briefly and brightly between the wars. This week on Litro Lab, our guest podcasters are journalists and Berlin residents Jennifer Collins and Tam Eastley, known as the Mädels with a Microphone. They explore the seedier side of Weimar Berlin’s cabaret scene and gay district, speaking to a local expert about one of Berlin’s best-known chroniclers, Christopher Isherwood, and the notorious haunts of the period, like the Eldorado cabaret club in the Schöneberg district, where Berlin’s transvestive and transgender community came together to see artists like singer and cabaret dancer Claire Waldorf.

Tam Eastley

Tam Eastley

Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Collins

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You can find Mädels with a Microphone online, or on Twitter, Soundcloud or Facebook, or on itunes. In their podcast series, Jennifer and Tam strive to create informative and quirky long and short podcasts about the hidden side of Berlin. Their podcasts are entirely self-produced using Audacity free software and trusty little zoom H2 recorders.

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