Philip Banse is a journalist who produces one of the most successful podcasts in Germany and is a freelance employee of Deutschlandradio’s capital city studio. He studied history, politics, and Russian in Hamburg and Berlin and is a graduate of the Berliner Journalisten-Schule. Banse has received the Axel Springer Prize for young journalists and the German-Polish Journalist Award. In 2003 he worked for two months in Baku, Azerbaijan, as part of an IJP scholarship. In 2005 he began the podcast Kuechenradio together with friends, and subsequently founded the podcast label Kuechenstud.io, which since 2016 has published the Lage der Nation (State of the nation), a weekly political podcast that is one of the most widely heard in Germany. Banse primarily explores the effects of digitalization, but also addresses environmental and educational themes.
As of January 2019