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Life In Berlin: A Look Into Indian Carnatic Music At Maerzmuzik

"If I sing (sings C major scale), you would probably be able to relate yourself to a scale that moves in a major scale of C major, or which ever scale that I am in." This is Ramesh Vinakayam. He is in Berlin from Chennai, India to participate in the annual Maerzmusik festival.

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Life In Berlin: International Women's Day In Berlin

Mar 10, 2017
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International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of women across the world; but some also use the day to agitate for change. There were protests globally and I caught up with some demonstrators at a march in Berlin.

NPR Specials: Civil Resistance - The Power of the People

Mar 9, 2017
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This week on NPR Specials:

A rebroadcast of Civil Resistance: The Power of the People.

The 20th century was dominated by the rise of totalitarian regimes and new levels of destructive warfare and violence. At the same time, from Gandhi, to the American South, to the Solidarity movement in Poland, a different force also gathered steam, the power of the people to resist tyranny and authoritarianism through civil resistance.

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The strained relationship between Germany and Turkey reached another climax when Turkish President Erdogan compared German authorities with Nazis. His comments came after several Turkish referendum rallies were canceled in Germany due to security concerns. Turkey’s upcoming referendum could expand Erdogan’s power. Should Turkish rallies be allowed in Germany or not? We asked Berliners in Kreuzberg.

Three Things To Do This Week

Mar 6, 2017
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A few things to keep in mind this week:

Contemporary circus puts artistry and storytelling above the adrenaline of individual actors; think Cirque du Soleil. French Compagnie du Chaos’ two-person show, Nebula, is another great introduction to the form. It's at the Berliner Festspiele from March 6th-8th at 7:30 PM.

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A couple of weeks ago American student Parker Spall was coming home from a club in Mitte. He tried to catch a train at Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park. Spall and his friend were walking along the platform of the U-Bahn station and then:

On Books: 'I Hate The Internet' By Jarett Kobek

Mar 2, 2017
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Already in its title, Jarett Kobek's 2016 novel is as cynical as it is true. I Hate the Internet is a book trying to come to terms with contemporary culture and our fascination with the digital world in particular, in a rant that is both glorifying and amusing. There could not be a more accurate description of our own love–hate relationship with the digital age.

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Cem Ödzemir, co-leader of Germany's Green Party is addressing hundreds of protesters in front of the Turkish embassy in Berlin. The case of Deniz Yücel, who was detained by Turkish authorities on February 14th, has outraged many politicians and journalists.

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Martin Schulz is the new hope of Germany's Social Democrats. Since his nomination as their chancellor candidate, the center-left SPD has gained a major boost in popularity. Curious about how Berliners react to Merkel's challenger in September's elections, we stopped by Alexanderplatz to get some opinions.

NPR Specials: Hamilton - A Story of US

Feb 27, 2017
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This week on NPR Specials:

A Rerun of Hamilton: A Story of US, is a one hour special that features the voices of students, the Hamilton cast members, biographer Ron Chernow, the irresistible super hit Hamilton score, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Three Things To Do This Week

Feb 27, 2017
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A few things to keep in mind this week:

The Pierre Boulez Saal opens with a gala concert lead by Daniel Barenboim. Come for the architecture, stay for the mix of classical, 20th century, and contemporary music. It's at Französische Straße 33 D.

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NPR Specials: The Best Medicine For Breast Cancer

This week on NPR Specials:

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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Three Things To Do This Week

A few things to keep in mind this week:

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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