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Life In Berlin: Salaam-Shalom

On August 28th 2012, Rabbi Daniel Alter was walking down a street in Berlin-Schöneberg when a group of young men beat him up, insulted him, and injured him severely. This act of violence sparked the discussion on rising anti-Semitism in Germany. Alter warned the Jewish community in Berlin of areas with large Muslim populations - labeling the district Neukölln as an area for Jews to avoid.Neukölln residents Ozan Keskinkilic and Hannah Tzuberi joined Salaam-Shalom, an initiative countering...
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Life In Berlin: Salaam-Shalom

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On August 28th 2012, Rabbi Daniel Alter was walking down a street in Berlin-Schöneberg when a group of young men beat him up, insulted him, and injured him severely. This act of violence sparked the discussion on rising anti-Semitism in Germany. Alter warned the Jewish community in Berlin of areas with large Muslim populations - labeling the district Neukölln as an area for Jews to avoid.

Neukölln residents Ozan Keskinkilic and Hannah Tzuberi joined Salaam-Shalom, an initiative countering racism and stigmatization of minorities in Berlin.

Life In Berlin: New Life In An Abandoned Amusement Park

Sep 1, 2015
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An empty amusement park is buried in a Berlin forest, rusting and overgrown. But on a recent Sunday afternoon, a path from a gate led towards music.

A group of locals are trying to give new life the park, known as Spreepark. The only long-term theme park in the former GDR was largely abandoned in 2002. The slides, dinosaur sculptures, Ferris wheel, and rides of what used to be have rusted away and overgrown.

3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

Sep 1, 2015
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A few things to keep in mind this weekend:

The first Forever Now Festival is an interdisciplinary lab connecting pop culture, research and spirituality. Promising four days of adventure and inspiration, the program offers yoga classes, movement and body work, keynote speeches and talks, concerts, and more. The Forever Now Festival will take place September 3rd through the 6th at Neue Heimat on Revaler Strasse.

NPR Special: KCRW In Berlin

Aug 31, 2015
NPR Berlin Staff

This week on NPR Specials: Back in July, KCRW, the NPR affiliate from Santa Monica, California, took up NPR Berlin's offer to host their radio producers and staff in Berlin. What followed was an incredible week of laughter, cross-cultural bridging, and exquisite radio.

Emily Stern

Never before had I been met with so many strange looks, averting eyes, and nervous smiles. Sitting on a curb at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, a small cardboard sign at my feet, I wasn’t asking anybody for money. I was asking for secrets.  In this square where preteen girls wander with Primark shopping bags, where old men sell faux-fur Soviet winter hats even though it’s July, I sat like I was begging, I stood like I was advertising a car wash, with a sign that read: “Anonymously record a secret. Art project. Please help.”

Looking to escape the staggering costs of a university education in the United States? You are not alone. And German education officials say a growing number of Americans are heading to the land of beer and bratwurst to get one.

At last count, there were 4,300 Americans studying at German universities, with more than half pursuing degrees, says Ulrich Grothus, deputy secretary general of the German Academic Exchange Service.

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"What did you need?" Robyn Rosenkrantz asks on set. "See, one of the actors is asking for cookies, now food is the most important thing on set, right?

"It is," answers actor Stig Eldred. "I need my tummy full."

On the movie set of "Mr. Rudolpho's Jubilee," film producer Robyn Rosenkrantz personally takes care of the actors' needs. In this case: donuts.
 
"Let's let Stig choose because he is a star," continues Rosenkrantz. "He is playing Barry, head of the Boheem House."
 

Photo: Tom Powel / Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

American painter Julie Mehretu was born in Ethiopia. She grew up in Michigan and also spent some time in Zimbabwe as a teenager. Traveling is part of her life. Berlin has become one of Mehretu's regular stops since her fellowship at the American Academy in 2007.

"Somehow Berlin bends time to make it longer," says Mehretu,  "you can do more here."

Berlin's architecture, the amount of open space in the city, left an impression on her:
 

3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

Aug 25, 2015
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A few things to keep in mind this weekend:

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This week on NPR Specials: They are coming to an office near you: job-gobbling robots that can do your work better and more cheaply than you can. One in three jobs could be taken over by a computer or a robot in the next 20 years. Most at risk are less skilled workers such as machine operators, postmen, care workers and professional drivers. The CEO of Uber, the ride-sharing company, recently said that his goal is to replace all the firm’s drivers with autonomous cars.

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NPR Special: KCRW In Berlin

This week on NPR Specials: Back in July, KCRW, the NPR affiliate from Santa Monica, California, took up NPR Berlin's offer to host their radio producers and staff in Berlin. What followed was an incredible week of laughter, cross-cultural bridging, and exquisite radio. Tune in this week to hear some of the conversations that followed from KCRW and NPR Berlin's week-long collaboration, including an interview with US Ambassador to Germany John Emerson by Press Play's Madeleine Brand, a tour of...
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3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

A few things to keep in mind this weekend: The first Forever Now Festival is an interdisciplinary lab connecting pop culture, research and spirituality. Promising four days of adventure and inspiration, the program offers yoga classes, movement and body work, keynote speeches and talks, concerts, and more. The Forever Now Festival will take place September 3rd through the 6th at Neue Heimat on Revaler Strasse.Every year in September, teams of pyrotechnicians take over the historic Maifeld at...
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