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Welcome to Graukaue.

My name is . I’m the custodian ().

Graukaue is a recording studio for podcasts located on the premises of a former coal mine in the Northern Ruhr in Germany.

To my podcasts, which I produce here, I refer as pits and levels, with a pit possibly comprising multiple levels. They’re either in German or in English. Graukaue 2 is the English pit. Graukaue 1 is the German pit with the levels Ausnahmezustand, Knappschuss and Kurvenschubser.

The podcasts with all the episodes and show notes, as well as all the other content, is hosted here at (Graukaue 2) and at (Graukaue 1), respectively, and they’re freely accessible to everyone.

To listen to my podcasts, you can use the webplayer. Though, I also provide podcast feeds, which you can subscribe to with the podcast app of your choice, so you’re notified automatically about new episodes and so you can play them right in the app. My podcasts can usually be found via the search function of the app.


Coal mine Fürst Leopold

Graukaue is located on the premises of a former coal mine in Dorsten. As one of the most northern mines in the Ruhr, it was also one of the last. After about a century of mining for coal, the mining plant was closed down in the 2000's. A number of the historical buildings have been preserved; these include the coe, the Lohnhalle (administrative building) and a headframe. Today these belong to the CreativQuartier Fürst Leopold.


Location in Hervest-Dorsten

The mine is located north of the river Lippe, in a part of town called Hervest. It is within walking distance of the train station Hervest-Dorsten and of the bus stops Im Harsewinkel and Gewerbeg. Wenge West. Arriving by car, you should pass through the entrance at Halterner Straße 105/107 for direct access to Fürst-Leopold-Platz.


Access to Graukaue

On the western side of Fürst-Leopold-Platz, there’s the main entrance of building no. 1, which reads “Lohnhalle”. At the end of the hallway, two stairs to the left lead into the interior space of the Lohnhalle. The staircase is on the right. On the third floor (2. OG), in room 2L-14/15, the leftmost office on the opposite side, there's Graukaue.


Technical equipment

The studio holds a large table for up to four individuals. Beside the table, there is a couch for an additional two individuals. Each of the six seats is equipped with a microphone.

Outside of the studio, recordings can be conducted with up to four individuals/microphones.

Via the internet, recordings can be conducted with any number of individuals/microphones.


Recordings with amateurs

The recordings are conducted either in the studio in Dorsten, at any other location or via the internet. For you as my guest to be able to prepare for a recording, and for you to be aware of the entire process of conception, preparation, recording, production and publication, I put together this information.

Combined mine

Studio rent and commissioned productions

If someone would like to record their own stuff, they can rent my studio. I will operate the technical equipment and supervise the recording. If required, I will also carry out the production and the publication.



I refer to my podcasts as pits and levels, with a pit possibly comprising multiple levels.

Graukaue 2

This is the English pit.

Big city whisper

Under the roof of Graukaue, there's a microphone for everybody, provided that she has a story to tell. Maybe she doesn't really take herself serious, but she's serious about whatever she does. Maybe she's rhetorically unreliable, but she's open and honest.

Graukaue 1

This is the German pit.


Unter dem Dach der Graukaue gibt es ein Mikrofon für jedermann, vorausgesetzt dass sie etwas zu erzählen hat. Vielleicht nimmt sie sich selbst nicht besonders ernst, aber die Sache schon. Vielleicht ist sie rhetorisch unzuverlässig, aber offen und ehrlich.

An Schacht 1 gibt es die folgenden Strecken.


Anders bleibt anders

Minderheiten stellen per Definition eine Ausnahme dar und werden von der Mehrheit als solche wahrgenommen. Für die Minderheit wiederum ist das Dasein als Ausnahme aber ein dauerhafter Zustand. Dieser prägt das Denken und befördert die Bereitschaft zu einem offenen und ehrlichen Gedankenaustausch.


Grau zu Großstadt - Das Ruhrgebiet nach der Kohle

Ob Kohlenpott oder Metropole Ruhr, ob Revier oder Ruhrstadt, diese Stadt der Städte an Ruhr, Emscher und Lippe ist mit über fünf Millionen Menschen einer der größten Ballungsräume Europas. Geprägt vom Steinkohlenbergbau und von der Montanindustrie sowie von Zuwanderung und Urbanisierung, ist der Pott nach zwei Jahrhunderten starken und ständigen Wandels lebendiger und diverser als je zuvor.



Da draußen eine bunte und konfuse Welt, hier die graue Wissenschaft. Da draußen eine Welt voller unsichtbarer und ungeschickter Hände, hier zwei zweiarmige Ökonomen. Da draußen eine Welt voller Kobra-Effekte, hier die Kurvenschubser, ... ein Wissenschaftspodcast mit dem Schwerpunkt Ökonomik bzw. Volkswirtschaftslehre (VWL).



This comprehends all the episodes including the show notes as well as all the posts.

If you wish to display the log of a certain pit/level and/or exclusively the episodes, select the corresponding category.



These are the dog tags of the butty gang.

Bell system

Contact between Graukaue and the outside world

Butty system

Financial support

My podcasts are generally accessible to anyone, and I'm glad about every single listener who enjoys them, but you can give something back if you like. How much you give is up to you.

Thank you very much for your appreciation, and thank you very much for your support!

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