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Life In Berlin: Snowden

Edward Snowden remains a polarizing figure. A person who forces you to pick a side. Unsurprisingly, in Oliver Stone’s new film “Snowden” the NSA whistle blower is depicted as a hero. Stone tells the story of a tech nerd, a lover, a patriot who loses faith in his country the deeper he becomes involved in U.S. surveillance tactics and programs. At a sneak preview of the new film “Snowden,” hosted by the newspaper Bild and Universum Film, moviegoers had mixed reactions:
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Edward Snowden remains a polarizing figure. A person who forces you to pick a side. Unsurprisingly, in Oliver Stone’s new film “Snowden” the NSA whistle blower is depicted as a hero. Stone tells the story of a tech nerd, a lover, a patriot who loses faith in his country the deeper he becomes involved in U.S. surveillance tactics and programs. At a sneak preview of the new film “Snowden,” hosted by the newspaper Bild and Universum Film, moviegoers had mixed reactions:

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This story begins eight years ago when Robert Böhme, an IT security specialist, was waiting in his car at a traffic intersection. The driver behind him got distracted. "He just crashed in my car," Böhme says.

No one was hurt, but the car was written off. So the insurance company gave him some money to buy a new one. Fast forward a few months to one afternoon when he gets an email from a friend. "I think the email just read something like: 'Look here,'" says Böhme.

It was a challenge from Google. It said:

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Berlin's SPD (Social Democratic Party), led by Michael Müller, won the regional election last Sunday. But the SPD and the CDU (Christian Democratic Union) faced the biggest losses in their history. For the first time the right wing party AfD (Alternative for Germany) will enter the Berlin state parliament. We ask residents of Mitte: What do you think about the outcome of the Berlin elections?

Tony Andrews

Riding my bike around Berlin I see adverts for food delivery services everywhere: burgerme, Lightmeals, Lieferando, HelloFresh, Hallo Pizza, Deliveroo... and they all seemed to have popped up in the last 3-5 years. That raised two questions for me: 1) Why now? What about this moment is so conducive to these businesses? and 2) Are we in a bubble? I accompanied one of the bike delivery people at Foodora to find out.

While I'm chatting with Nuno Rodrigues, a food delivery rider, he gets an order on his smartphone from the Bird Restaurant in Mitte:

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This week on NPR Specials:

Every year, 230,000 women are told they have breast cancer and 40,000 will die. In this hour-long look at this disease, Oncologist Ken Miller explores its treatment, its history as a public policy issue, and its direct impact on women.

The Best Medicine for Breast Cancer with Dr. Ken Miller will air Saturday, September 24rd at 19:00.

Three Things To Do This Week

Sep 19, 2016
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A few things to keep in mind this week:

Sophiensaele turns 20. The occasion will be celebrated with People! Crises! Sensations! - The Greatest Show On Earth this Wednesday, September 21st at Sohpiensaele, Sophienstrasse 18

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2.5 million people were eligible to vote in Berlin’s city state election on Sunday. This year had a higher turnout than in 2011.

On Books: 'The Outrun' By Amy Liptrot

Sep 15, 2016
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On Books is a new literature review series by NPR Berlin made possible in part by Shakespeare & Sons. This review will air on NPR Berlin 104,1 FM during Morning Edition on Friday, September 16th at 11:49 AM.

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According to the report published by the Bertelsmann Foundation this week, child poverty is on the rise in Germany. In Berlin almost every third child lives in a home dependent on basic social welfare. We ask Berlin residents of Prenzlauer Berg: What can Germany do to prevent child poverty from rising?

Monika Müller-Kroll

“Freunde fürs Leben” - Friends for Life - was founded fifteen years ago in Berlin. They are pioneers in the quest to prevent suicide.

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Two NPR Specials: The Best Medicine For Breast Cancer And The Making Of Clinton And Trump

This week on NPR Specials: Every year, 230,000 women are told they have breast cancer and 40,000 will die. In this hour-long look at this disease, Oncologist Ken Miller explores its treatment, its history as a public policy issue, and its direct impact on women. The Best Medicine for Breast Cancer with Dr. Ken Miller will air Saturday, September 24rd at 19:00. The 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are the most unpopular candidates since modern polling began. Why is that...
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Three Things To Do This Week

A few things to keep in mind this week: Sophiensaele turns 20. The occasion will be celebrated with People! Crises! Sensations! - The Greatest Show On Earth this Wednesday, September 21st at Sohpiensaele, Sophienstrasse 18. Hax'n, Brez'n or Radi - does this ring a bell? It's Oktoberfest time, and not only in Munich. The 66th Berlin Oktoberfest opens September 23rd at Kurt-Schumacher Damm. The Berliner Wies'n will provide some Bavarian flair with traditional beer, food, brass music and rides....
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