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Athens Unpacked

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Writer Sofka Zinovieff explores Athens in a quest to understand this complex, seductive city. She visits unusual places and meets Athenians, native and adopted: from singers, poets and graffiti writers to architects, journalists and chefs. This podcast is co-funded by Greece and the European Union.


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Latest Episodes

How high & low cultures co-exist. The financial crisis hit Athens hard, but the arts flourished - against the odds. Germany’s massive Documenta14 arts festival transferred to Athens, ambitious cultural foundations mushroomed and street arts blossomed... more

2 years ago

Greek Orthodoxy and its customs. Athenians remain attached to the traditions of the Orthodox Church. Prize-winning poet American poet A.E. Stallings walks us around the First Cemetery – a beautiful sculpture park that reveals the Athenian way of deat... more

2 years ago

From popular songs to great poets. Sofka meets Lysandros Falireas, founder of the fusion band Imam Baildi. They unpack how the Asia Minor refugees of 1922 established rembetika (or ‘Greek blues’) in Athens.  The celebrated singer Elly Paspala discuss... more

2 years ago


5 out of 5 stars from 58 ratings
  • Superbly presented and researched!

    I’ve been to Athens several times but this podcast has made me discover places, people and aspects of this city I never knew. Superbly presented and researched. Here’s hoping there will be a second “season”.

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada2 years ago
  • Bravo!

    Thoughtful, researched, entertaining. Beautiful work and beautifully produced. The perfect listen before a trip to Greece or to visit virtually. I listened to each episode 3x, learning and getting inspired.

    Apple Podcasts
    Eve Lofthus
    United States2 years ago
  • Fascinating podcast!

    I just came back from Athens, my first time in Greece, and fell in love with the city and wish I had discovered this podcast earlier! Fascinating topics are explored and a warm and engaging host. I look forward to many more episodes and hope to return soon

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 years ago
  • Wonderful way to travel

    I stumbled across this podcast as part of my preparation for our first trip to Greece. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Mexico2 years ago
  • Essential listening for all Philhellenes and visitors to Athens

    As someone who was born in Athens and who has recently returned to live in this great city after many years, I was captivated by the journey which Sofka takes us on from the very first episode. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Athenian Rob
    United Kingdom2 years ago

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