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Life In Berlin: The Vegan Debate

It’s from the German magazine Brigitte , but it sounds almost like a headline from the parody website, The Onion : "Minister of Agriculture wants to ban vegan currywurst." But it’s not that Minister Christian Schmidt of the CSU wants to ban vegan currywurst exactly; just using the names of meat products —like schnitzel or wurst— to describe their vegan and vegetarian replacements. I head to the independently owned Bioladen, Biolino, to get their opinion. The owner, Victor Brun, is...

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One month after the attack at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin that killed twelve people and left over fifty people injured, I meet with Berlin Victims Commissioner Roland Weber:

"Mr. Weber, what can you tell us about the people who got injured at the Christmas market attack in Berlin," I ask him. "Are there still people in the hospital and how are they doing?"

"There are still 11 people in the hospitals. They are seriously injured and there are still operations and such things, and today we can’t say more about them."

Life In Berlin: The Vegan Debate

Jan 18, 2017
Courtesy of Lily Kelting

It’s from the German magazine Brigitte, but it sounds almost like a headline from the parody website, The Onion: "Minister of Agriculture wants to ban vegan currywurst." But it’s not that Minister Christian Schmidt of the CSU wants to ban vegan currywurst exactly; just using the names of meat products —like schnitzel or wurst— to describe their vegan and vegetarian replacements.

I head to the independently owned Bioladen, Biolino, to get their opinion. The owner, Victor Brun, is surprisingly unperturbed.

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It’s over two months since we woke up to the shock news that the next President of the United States will be Donald Trump, and the whole world is trying to read the runes and work out what the next four years will hold for America and the rest of the world.

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The Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is just around the corner. It’s no secret that a majority of Germans believe his presidency will worsen the transatlantic relationship, with me is Sudha David-Wilp, senior fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Berlin.

"Sudha, we got a glimpse of what Mr. Trump’s priorities are at his press conference last week. How was it received in Germany?" I ask her.

Three Things To Do This Week

Jan 17, 2017
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A few things to keep in mind this week:

 Mitte art institution Kunst-Werke is livening up the winter by presenting a knock-out series of Weekend Performances in their space and around town. The first weekend begins with pieces by Trisha Brown and Guy de Cointet. 

Life In Berlin: Beer Purity Law Revisited

Jan 12, 2017
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Hugh Eckermann: 2016 brought many changes to Berlin craft beer community.

Hana Eckermann: New craft beer bars and breweries were opening faster than ever before; craft beer events witnessed thousands of new beer lovers, and hundreds of new beers.

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“It’s the first time in my life where I am witnessing how a country, a society, step by step drifts into a kind of absurd disaster," says Berlin-based writer Imran Ayata.

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Espionage is the world’s second oldest profession but with countries facing new security threats and an ever-evolving technology landscape – they have to adapt.

Three Things To Do This Week

Jan 9, 2017
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If your New Year's resolutions include yoga and mindfulness, the Agape Zoe Festival this weekend will keep you on track. It's two days of New Age classes and workshops. The healing begins January 14th and 15th at Eden Studios in Pankow.

Life In Berlin: 'The Parachute Paradox,' Part Two

Jan 5, 2017
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We’re back with Steve Sabella, a visual artist based here in Berlin. His new memoir describes living and working as a Palestinian in exile — and details, as he says, the condition of mental exile. He joined us in the studio recently to read from his book, The Parachute Paradox. Here is the prologue, which gives the book its title:

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Two NPR Specials: Intelligence Squared And Truth, Politics, And Power

This week on NPR Specials: It’s over two months since we woke up to the shock news that the next President of the United States will be Donald Trump, and the whole world is trying to read the runes and work out what the next four years will hold for America and the rest of the world. Many are decrying Trump’s election as the end of democracy and the beginning of fascism. Others, observing that he is already watering down many of his more extreme threats, are willing to see a silver lining in...

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Three Things To Do This Week

A few things to keep in mind this week: Mitte art institution Kunst-Werke is livening up the winter by presenting a knock-out series o f Weekend Performances in their space and around town. The first weekend begins with pieces by Trisha Brown and Guy de Cointet. Berlin Fashion Week can be an insider's game for industry folks, but there's still some fun to be had from the 17th to 20th. Like the Vinokilo Vintage by the Pound Sale as part of their sustainability initiative! The Ultraschall...

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