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Life In Berlin: Turning Machine Learning Into Art

British artist and writer James Bridle is — like many of us — trying to make sense of the overlap between digital technology and lived experience. His previous projects have tackled drones and their hidden targets and clouds and the weather. His latest show at Berlin’s NOME Gallery handles the phenomenon of self-driving cars.

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A Note From NPR Berlin 104,1 FM

Apr 13, 2017

Today we’re sharing the news that NPR is shifting its role with NPR Berlin. At NPR Berlin, NPR is currently both the content provider and the station operator. This is the only station NPR operates anywhere in the world and going forward NPR would like to focus its efforts in Berlin solely as a content provider. We anticipate this change will go into effect on July 31.

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In east Berlin, a few blocks away from the former headquarters of the East German secret police, nestled in between warehouses and a holding yard for Deutsche Bahn trains, there is a house of rock.

The Berliner Rockhaus one of the largest practice spaces for musicians in the city. About 1,000 musicians rent 190 rooms in the building in Lichtenberg.

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Plans to build the "Monument to Freedom and Unity" have officially been approved. This giant boat-shaped seesaw, also called the "Einheitswippe," will be located next to Berlin's new City Palace at Schlossplatz. However, not everyone agrees on such a memorial. So, we went to the site and asked Germans, does Berlin need a memorial to mark Germany’s reunification?

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Three explosions went off near the bus of Germany's Borussia Dortmund soccer team on Tuesday evening in the city of Dortmund, local police say.

The team said on Twitter that one of its players, defender Marc Bartra, suffered a broken wrist and is being treated in a hospital. The injury required surgery.

NPR Specials: Can Our Connected Lives Be Green and Safe?

Apr 10, 2017
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The "Internet of things" promises a world with smart connected devices such as refrigerators that automatically order food and robots that anticipate our desires. On today’s show we hear how that vision is coupled with a push to run those machines, and our online lives, on cleaner power. California plans to get half of its energy from renewable sources but some advocates say the state should make a national statement by aiming for 100% clean electricity.

Three Things To Do This Week

Apr 10, 2017
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The Staatsoper at Schiller Theater presents Festtage, a celebration drawing opera and classical music lovers to Berlin through April 16th. Wagner's Parsifal and Strauss' Woman without a Shadow are this year's two opera premieres.

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Spurred by the US election of Donald Trump, 29-year-old Berlin-based journalist Mareike Nieberding founded DEMO. It's a new movement to promote political participation and dialogue among voters under 30. We caught up in a Kreuzberg cafe to discuss her decision to form DEMO, and the positive response it quickly received, a surprise even to herself.

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It's finally springtime in Berlin. People from all corners of the city come outside to enjoy the sun. We went to Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg and asked Berliners, "What's your favorite springtime activity?"

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This week on NPR Specials:

As the Trump administration begins ironing out its strategy in the Middle East, America Abroad examines what my lie ahead in regards to Israel, Syria, Iran, and the fight against ISIS. This episode offers broad analysis of the current situation in these areas and the choices the new president faces. We also look at the state of the US State Department how that impacts the dynamics in the region.

Three Things To Do This Week

Apr 3, 2017
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The English Theater Berlin's annual Expat Expo showcases Berlin's vibrant Anglophone theater scene. The festival runs at Fidicinstr. 40 from April 2nd to the 8th. We're particularly intrigued by the circus theater performance from Slovenian artist Andrej Tomše.

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A Note From NPR Berlin 104,1 FM

Today we’re sharing the news that NPR is shifting its role with NPR Berlin. At NPR Berlin, NPR is currently both the content provider and the station operator. This is the only station NPR operates anywhere in the world and going forward NPR would like to focus its efforts in Berlin solely as a content provider. We anticipate this change will go into effect on July 31.

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NPR Specials: Does Greening The Economy Leave Some People Behind?

This week on NPR Specials: Cities are leading the way in the greening of America’s economy. From urban parks and farms to microgrids and living buildings, dynamic urban planning can adapt to changing coastlines and severe weather delivered by a volatile climate. But there’s a risk that green-living innovations become solely the domain of a privileged urban elite.

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Three Things To Do This Week

A few things to keep in mind this week: It's Gallery Weekend ! From the 28th through 30th there will be more vernissages and well-dressed art world visitors in Berlin than you ever thought possible. See the website or grab a map to make a plan...or just saunter along Potsdamer Straße and see what you see.

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