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Life In Berlin: Refugee Job Fair

Maher Alsahen looks impeccable: Dress-shirt, tie, and a suit jacket. He is ready for a job interview. "For me, this is a little bit tough, because I used to work in Syria," says Alsahen. I met Maher Alsahen at the job fair for refugees at the Estrel Hotel in Neukölln. He tells me he used to work in corporate finances. He is eager to find a job after one and a half years in limbo. Among the 200 prospective employers at the job fair is Berliner Sparkasse, a local bank, where Alsahen asked for...
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Maher Alsahen looks impeccable: Dress-shirt, tie, and a suit jacket. He is ready for a job interview.

"For me, this is a little bit tough, because I used to work in Syria," says Alsahen. 

I met Maher Alsahen at the job fair for refugees at the Estrel Hotel in Neukölln. He tells me he used to work in corporate finances. He is eager to find a job after one and a half years in limbo. Among the 200 prospective employers at the job fair is Berliner Sparkasse, a local bank, where Alsahen asked for an internship. 

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This week on NPR Specials: A few weeks ago, America Abroad, NPR Berlin, and KUT Austin hosted a live international town hall across two different locations - Berlin, Germany and Austin, Texas - where law experts, privacy activists, and business representatives debated about big data, security, and privacy.

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Feb 29, 2016
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Life In Berlin: Peng! Collective

Feb 29, 2016
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Right in the middle of the bustling heart of Kreuzberg, a group of political stunt activists have set up their office in a loft-like, industrial brick building. They call themselves Peng! Collective, and just as playful as their name sounds, are the actions they take. Jean Peters is one of the founders of the group with the mission to change the art of political protest and civil disobedience.

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February in Berlin is dedicated to Berlinale, Europe's largest audience film festival. This year marked its 66th edition, presenting over 400 films and more than 1,000 public screenings. 

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There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

These words from Shakespeare's Hamlet open "All Of A Sudden" by Asli Özge, a Turkish filmmaker based in Berlin. Özge's film premiered at Berlinale's Panorama section.

"If you look generally in the world of politicians, the most antipathetic ones are the ones who have much power," the filmmaker comments.

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Stories don’t just tell themselves. Legacies don’t just get passed on. History isn’t preserved unless you take action, and do something with it.

Director Aaron Brookner is talking about his uncle, Howard. 

Three Things To Do This Week

Feb 22, 2016
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A few things to keep in mind this week:

“We Are Not Gemused” is an English-speaking comedy night in Neukölln. Have a gin and tonic and a laugh at Berlin’s Sameheads. Entry is 5 Euro, or four for students. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd at 8:30 PM, Richardstraße 10.

Funky Berlin: Into The Wyld

Feb 19, 2016
Amanda Thayer

"Every day, I was really impressed. The stage is huge. It’s crazy. It’s like in the beginning, it’s really almost too much for you, but when you get used to it, you just can enjoy the show.”

Hanna Wolt is one of the sixty dancers from the Friedrichstadt-Palast’s show, "THE WYLD." The show uses many different characters including a BMX rider, a girl in a TV tower, Nefertiti and even aliens to show the creativity and the variety that can be found in Berlin.

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This week on NPR Specials: A few weeks ago, America Abroad, NPR Berlin, and KUT Austin hosted a live international town hall across two different locations - Berlin, Germany and Austin, Texas - where law experts, privacy activists, and business representatives debated about big data, security, and privacy. The concern is even larger now with the current dispute between Apple and FBI - over whether an iPhone should be unlocked to help solve the San Bernardino shooting - underscoring a bigger...
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A few things to keep in mind this week: Check out the current crop of artists at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. This Thursday, artists in the International Studio Program open their doors to the public. Current work from five artists-in-residence will be featured in an exhibition called Open Studios, beginning this Thursday, March 3rd at 7 PM. Their art will continue to be shown until March 27th at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Kottbusser Straße 10. Civil Society 4.0 brings together refugees, volunteers,...
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