The Perils of Pseudonymity

After a year of podcasting, we decided it was time to come out.

We have been presenting This Week in Germany under pseudonyms in order to maintain our privacy, seeing as we make the programme from our homes and not as part of any larger organisation.

Now, though, as we seek to grow and expand, we have to use our real names. This came about after much deliberation. On the one hand, we want the podcast to be separate from our private lives, but on the other, how can you trust news and information provided by a source which is unidentified?

We have used our real names in the behind-the-scenes running of the programme (contacting interviewees and conducting research) for a long while, as it felt disingenuous to ask someone to open up to us when we were hiding behind pseudonyms.

We started off with a couple of microphones and some editing software, without the slightest clue of what was to come.

This Week in Germany has greatly increased in popularity during its first year, so we owe you, our audience, the same courtesy as our interviewees or partners. While we may be a little shy about sharing much about ourselves (after all, we want to make an informative, entertaining and educational podcast about Germany, not be hobbyist wannabe internet celebrities), we can now feel comfortable in revealing who we are.

So let's introduce ourselves, shall we?

My name is Daniel! I have been a fan of podcasts pretty much since they first came out. After learning German in school and studying television and radio production in Germany and the United Kingdom, I decided to settle in Germany long-term. I live in the beautiful, energetic capital of Germany. I've been podcasting under the name Frederick. You can follow me on Twitter here:

My co-host is Rob, who went by the name Roland because he always liked the name! He has also been living in Germany for the past few years. He first came for university and ended up staying. Now he's a married man and father of one.

It feels very strange for us to be so 'open' with our private lives online, but we really believe that is serves the greater good of openness!

Thanks for your understanding.