KCRW Berlin Awarded License To Operate 104,1 Frequency

Today, the Media Authority of Berlin-Brandenburg (MABB) announced that KCRW Berlin has been awarded the license for the FM frequency at 104,1 MHz, currently known as NPR Berlin. We anticipate KCRW Berlin will begin operating this fall. After the transition, all future decisions regarding on air and online programming will be determined by KCRW Berlin. As previously announced , NPR is concluding its role as operator of the station and is transitioning to being a content provider. We are...

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On Books: 'Transit' By Rachel Cusk

May 4, 2017
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Life is like a construction site that can never be finished. In Rachel Cusk's newest, bitingly funny novel Transit, this piece of worldly wisdom becomes literally true when its heroine returns to a familiar place to start over.

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Funky Berlin: The British Pie Man

May 4, 2017
Kai Haskins

Timothy Pink is a kindly British pie man. His family has been selling pies in the UK since 1880, but recently Timothy has relocated to Berlin in an attempt to enter a more international market. He wears a grey argyle sweater, black apron, and beaming smile. We caught up with Timothy one Saturday afternoon at the Markthalle Neun, where he attempts to teach Berliners about the magic of savory pies.

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Berlin has recently been rated Germany’s most dangerous city according to the official crime statistics of 2016. The safest city in Germany is Munich. We wanted to know if Berliners felt this change in their safety, so we went to Neukölln and asked, "Do you think Berlin has become more dangerous?"

NPR Specials: How I Built This - Nolan Bushnell

May 2, 2017
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This week on NPR Specials:

Before he turned 40, Nolan Bushnell founded two brands that permanently shaped the way Americans amuse themselves: the iconic video game system Atari, and the frenetic family restaurant Chuck E. Cheese's.

Life In Berlin: The Haus

May 2, 2017
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In one room stand a pair of colossal feet and legs, as though a giant has burst through the ceiling of the building and is standing in the sky above. In another room, there’s a huge hardcore pornographic fresco created not with a paintbrush, but with spray paint. Another room is a dizzying geometric swirl of patterns created using colored tape.

Three Things To Do This Week

May 1, 2017
Sandra Then

A few things to keep in mind this week:

What is jazz? You know it when you hear it. The XJazz Festival 2017 runs from May 3rd through the 7th in Kreuzberg, including improvised electronic music, new classical music, and experimental jazz. It's also a celebration of Berlin's music scene; most of the musicians are local.

Life In Berlin: How To Make Beer Like A Parasite

Apr 28, 2017
Hugh & Hana Eckermann

Hana Eckermann: Bierlieb in Berlin - Friedrichshain announced a Parasite Produktions beer tasting and we are eager to find out what is the story behind this unusual project.

Richie Hodges: We're also in a scene in Berlin right now that although is growing and budding and doing wonderful craft beer, has maybe become a little bit stagnant in the last six months to a year. We thought, "and let's just shake it up a little bit and try something new." It's Berlin, be creative, push the edge a little bit.

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In Turkey’s recent referendum, 51% of voters were in favor of expanding Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidential powers. The narrow margin of victory, combined with repressive tactics by Turkey’s ruling AK party prior to the election, led to two broad implications. First, Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party, has called for the referendum to be voided, citing voting irregularities. Second, that is was Turkish expats that swung the vote in Erdogan’s favor.

Life In Berlin: Turning Machine Learning Into Art

Apr 26, 2017
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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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Life In Berlin: "Auntie" Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women, Part 1

Dr. Bettina Gaber is pretty busy this Monday afternoon. Every chair in the waiting room of her practice for gynecology and obstetrics is taken. Still, Dr. Gaber takes her time with a young woman from Afghanistan. She wants to remain anonymous - we'll call her Malia. Malia is expecting her third child.

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Life In Berlin: "Auntie" Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women, Part 2

Khatol Sediq from the NGO Malteser Hilfsdienst sees integration as a two-way street. She believes that people from different cultures can understand each other and also respect their differences. She says it's great to get to know other cultures and to share your own culture and values.

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Elisabeth Waller

Life In Berlin: "Auntie" Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women, Part 3

"So I haven't seen her since the hospital, because I was away. So now I am back and I am very excited to see the baby today." Elisabeth Waller volunteers with the Auntie Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women; an American initiative in cooperation with the Malteser Hilfsdienst. We are on our way to visit Maryam, her husband Javad and their newborn baby Elena.

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