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Funky Berlin: Homestay Mom

Irina Rhode is the mother of eight. Actually she only has two kids. The other six come and go. Over the last decade, Irina has been mom to over a hundred foreign students passing through Berlin. It's chaotic and loud and full of surprises, but she wouldn't have it any other way. Irina Rhode welcomed me in her home as she has welcomed so many other students over the years. We sat around the table and had dinner as I met the some of the exchange students that lived with her. “My parents gave...
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Funky Berlin: Homestay Mom

Jul 1, 2015
Eric Cajolet for Funky Berlin

Irina Rhode is the mother of eight. Actually she only has two kids. The other six come and go. Over the last decade, Irina has been mom to over a hundred foreign students passing through Berlin. It's chaotic and loud and full of surprises, but she wouldn't have it any other way. 

Irina Rhode welcomed me in her home as she has welcomed so many other students over the years. We sat around the table and had dinner as I met the some of the exchange students that lived with her.

At the end of World War II with the continent in ruins, Winston Churchill famously proclaimed, "We must build a United States of Europe." He believed such a union would bring an end to centuries of European wars.

For 70 years Europe has been engaged in a political and economic quest to make that happen. But many in Greece, such as Athens cabdriver Jordan Repanidis, feel this historic reshaping of the Western world has a stranglehold on their country.

3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

Jun 30, 2015
Karen Roth

A few things to keep in mind for the coming week:

This Tuesday, June 30th join NPR Berlin for a discussion with KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic Host, Jason Bentley, Ben Fawkes of Sound Cloud and Tobias Thon of Native Instruments. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 30 at 7 PM at Google Germany, Unter den Linden 14.

This week, NPR Berlin is hosting Santa Monica, California's NPR affiliate KCRW as part of their "KCRW in Berlin" series. One of the first orders of business: Recording an episode of "Press Play with Madeleine Brand". Follow the link to hear Brand take a virtual tour of Berlin with Frances Anderton, the host of KCRW’s "Design & Architecture," and discuss Greece's recent financial woes with US Ambassador to Germany John Emerson. KCRW describes "Press Play with Madeleine Brand" as a show that "looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles."

Life In Berlin: Hllywd

Jun 29, 2015
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Hllywd sits in his home studio in Wedding; the laptop, DJ tables, keyboard, and notebook all have their place in this unique teal room. Clothes hang from the walls of his studio - all created under the artistic design of "Hllywd" for his past performances. This space is characteristic of Hllywd’s life and his inescapable relationship with music.

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.

Funky Berlin: Handicapped In Berlin

Jun 25, 2015
Matt Lee for Funky Berlin

33 year-old Rico Todzi has been in an electric wheelchair most of his life.

“Most people in Germany still think that people in the wheelchair need to be treated specially but we don’t want to be treated in a special way," he says. "We are ordinary people and we want to be treated that way.”

He is just one of the 7 million handicapped people living in Germany. This is his story.

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 Food and Art can change the world, believes Taina Guedes. She runs Entretempo Kitchen Gallery. This June, in an effort to reach beyond her gallery, Guedes launched Berlin Food Art Week. It takes place at 30 locations throughout the city.

"For me,” Guedes says “it was very important to have this social context, to have social engagement projects, different aspects and not only beauty."

One of these social engagements is Lynn Peemoeller's Spatial Food Reenactment at Central Gallery.

"Ein Päckchen Kaffee, eine Dose Ananas, Pralinen…."

Life In Berlin: Shakespeare And Sons

Jun 23, 2015
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  Walls lined with books and the smell of fresh bagels and coffee set the atmosphere at Shakespeare and Sons, an English-language bookstore on Warschauerstrasse. Owner Roman Kratovichla discovered his passion for bookselling in France. After graduating from university in the late 90’s, the young man, took up a friend’s invitation to spend a summer in Paris.

“So I could use his apartment but I could also do his job which was working at Shakespeare and Company, 

3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

Jun 23, 2015
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A few things to keep in mind for the coming week:

NPR Berlin will be hosting our "Beginning of Summer" Happy Hour. Come raise your spirits and get to know the personalities behind our growing NPR Berlin community. When you spot people wearing NPR Berlin t-shirts, that's us!  The NPR Berlin "Beginning of Summer" Happy Hour will take place  June 25th at 7pm at Prater Biergarten on Kastanienalle.

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