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Life In Berlin: Adrian Piper's "The Probable Trust Registry" Inspires Hard-Thinking And Conversation

Inside the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, I’m standing at a desk with gold lettering above it that says, "I will always mean what I say."

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The Trump administration has moved quickly to reverse some of the previous administration’s energy and climate policies. But not all Republicans are on the same page when it comes to climate. Those on the so-called eco-right say action is needed to promote clean energy and prevent climate disruption. On today’s program we hear how Republican renegades find climate solutions in conservative principles, and what we can do when climate denial isn’t just present in the halls of government, but actually controls the levers of power.

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Mar 20, 2017
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Bagel and kugel lovers: rejoice! It's Nosh Jewish food week, and from March 19th through March 26th, there will be dinners and demos and discussions about Jewish food all over town. The Jewish-Roman Shabbat Supperclub menu looks particularly enticing.

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At a wide-ranging and occasionally tense news conference after their first in-person meeting Friday, President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed trade and border policy — and had one notable exchange when Trump was asked about his unproven claims that former President Obama tapped the phones at Trump Tower last year.

Beer Journal With Hana And Hugh Eckermann

Mar 17, 2017
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Hana Eckermann: We are in Berlin-Mariendorf witnessing the Stone IPA Madness.

Hugh Eckermann: This festival of German IPA's is presenting 25 beers from 17 breweries from all over Germany.

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What is a teenager's take on migration and displacement? How do they view newcomers? What is their definition of home?

"I think in my school, a lot of people have different homes, and maybe some people don’t even feel at home where they live, like in Berlin here."

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There have been many blue books produced by the British Parliament since the 15th century. But one in particular is The Blue Book. It’s a 212-page document from 1918. It's actually titled  Report On the Natives of South-West Africa And Their Treatment By Germany. It’s a collection of 47 sworn testimonies and other reports, assembled to prove that Germany should cede control of its colonies to British South Africa.

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There’s a time bomb ticking that is going to affect us all. Whether you are an engineer in Berlin, a sub-Saharan subsistence farmer, or a New Yorker buying a super-smoothie in Wholefoods, there will be no escape. 

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Recently, Germany’s Federal Statistics Office released a report on poverty in the country, and the numbers are concerning. The office estimates that 15.7% of the population live below the official poverty threshold, the largest percentage since reunification. This is despite record low unemployment.

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Mar 13, 2017
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From March 10th through 18th, Acud Theater hosts the Mime Festival, a celebration of pantomime and physical theater for both kids and adults. The festival opens with Radim Vizvary, a Czech artist whose work combines slapstick with Butoh and leaves Marcel Marceau stereotypes in the dust.

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German journalist Holger Stark spent almost 4 years in Washington D.C. as a correspondent for the news magazine Der Spiegel. During this time, he reported on a Tea Party summit in Des Moines, Iowa. The year was 2015 and Donald Trump was a guest speaker. Stark was among a small group of journalists who met Trump after his speech.

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NPR Specials: The Best Medicine For Breast Cancer

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In The Best Medicine for Breast Cancer, doctors follow the stories of women whose lives changed after a mammogram or breast exam lead to the diagnosis of breast cancer. Breast cancer is a disease where women make choices regarding their care and we explore these options about mammography, surgery, and then chemotherapy, which is fortunately becoming more focused and targeted for individual women.

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If you look down your nose at Jägermeister, youll be in good company at the Destille Craft Sprits Festival this weekend at the Heeresbäckerei on Köpenicker Str. 16. It's two days devoted to tasting and talking about artisanal spirits - the first trade fair of this kind in Europe. The festival is April 1st through 2nd.

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Announcing a new NPR Berlin series: "On Books"

On Books is a new literature review series by NPR Berlin made possible in part by Shakespeare & Sons.

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