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Funky Berlin: The Elusive Pö

How often do you look out the windows when riding the U-Bahn? I did all the time when I first moved to Berlin. I remember when I first saw it – bright, turquoise green letters painted on a yellow-orange wall – “Ich bin Pö." Who is Pö? I realized that she isn’t easy to find. After some searching, I found and spoke with Robert Smith, a friend of Pö’s who works at a gallery and is also a graffiti writer: “We want our work to be publicly visible. We want it to be out there, seen and noticed by...
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Funky Berlin: The Elusive Pö

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Megan Medellin

How often do you look out the windows when riding the U-Bahn? I did all the time when I first moved to Berlin. I remember when I first saw it – bright, turquoise green letters painted on a yellow-orange wall – “Ich bin Pö." Who is Pö?

I realized that she isn’t easy to find. After some searching, I found and spoke with Robert Smith, a friend of Pö’s who works at a gallery and is also a graffiti writer:

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"My first words were 'NO,'" reveals comedian Idil Baydar. She says it drove her dad crazy, but this rebellious attitude has made the Berlin-based artist a YouTube success. This really took off with her creation of Jilet Ayse - an alter ego.

"I hit a nerve with this figure. I really haven't thought of it. I wasn't aware of that, that it is such a problem."

Nick Thune: Comedian Without A Cause

Feb 9, 2016
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Nick Thune has (admittedly) had it easy. In previous shows, the 36 year-old has made scattered attempts to look for his vulnerabilities through a painful past but didn't find any. In a genre that thrives off of the jaded and the conned, he makes the best of a relatively trouble-free life.

“I thought of talking about when my dad died when I was 6, and how hard that was. [But] then I realized he’s still alive and is a really great, supportive dad - like, ‘Stop helping me so much. Give me some demons!’”

NPR Specials: Climate One - Cars Of The Future

Feb 9, 2016
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This weekend on NPR Specials: The climate change challenge will never be won if the way cars are made and driven isn't changed. In the U.S., personal vehicles account for nearly one fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions. And if you add in trucks, trains, planes and ships, it contributes to more than a quarter of the US' contribution to climate pollution.

On this week's show, Climate One asks the question of how to cut down on carbon coming out of the tailpipe. Or, maybe it’s time to give up on gasoline altogether. Is the carbon-free, electric vehicle ready for primetime?

Two passenger trains crashed in southern Germany on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 80 — 17 of them critically. According to Bavarian police, one person is still missing. The accident in Bavaria happened shortly before 7:00 a.m. local time.

Life In Berlin: TTIP - A Matter Of Trust?

Feb 8, 2016
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2015 was a challenging year for the EU and German leadership. One challenge was the efforts of the U.S. and the EU to establish the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: TTIP.

After massive resistance, especially in Berlin, where over 250,000 people took to the street in protest of the controversial trade agreement, TTIP appears to have come to a halt.

Three Things To Do This Week

Feb 8, 2016
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A few things to keep in mind this week:

Funky Berlin: Don't Come If You Want Something Normal

Feb 5, 2016
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“I mean, people don’t come to my shop if they want something normal. If you want something normal, you go to a big department store.”

Melinda Stokes is the owner and operator of Stokx Shop.

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Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick has a big smile on his face when he talks about this year’s Berlinale posters. 

"They are really mad about the posters, that the bear is around Berlin on different stages and different locations.” 

Deadpan images of a bear are seen roaming through the city at Potsdamer Platz or while exiting the U-Bahn. More than 1,000 Berlinale posters have already been sold, says Kosslick. 

Another success story regarding the more than 400 films of the Berlinale: 

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“I guess it's possible, still, to live off 1,000 Euro a month in Berlin – if you have cheap rent.”

I'm talking about money with Berliner Michael Bohmeyer, a young entrepreneur who launched the campaign, "Mein Grundeinkommen" (My Basic Income), in the summer of 2014. 

"Three weeks later, the first 12,000 Euro were financed."

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NPR Specials: Climate One - Cars Of The Future

This weekend on NPR Specials: The climate change challenge will never be won if the way cars are made and driven isn't changed. In the U.S., personal vehicles account for nearly one fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions. And if you add in trucks, trains, planes and ships, it contributes to more than a quarter of the US' contribution to climate pollution. On this week's show, Climate One asks the question of how to cut down on carbon coming out of the tailpipe. Or, maybe it’s time to give up...
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Three Things To Do This Week

A few things to keep in mind this week: In 1971, Stephen Shore became the first living photographer to have a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since Alfred Stieglitz, 40 years prior. The current exhibition, compiled by Fundación MAPFRE in collaboration with C/O BERLIN, brings together over three hundred photographs - some never before published. Be sure to visit it at C/O Berlin, Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstrasse 22-24. The Canadian musician Peaches is an ardent fan of...
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