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Life In Berlin: Ending Violence Against Women Through V-Day

The Vagina Monologues by playwright and activist Eve Ensler were first performed in 1994 in New York. Four years later, Ensler established V-Day to end violence against women and girls and to raise awareness and funds through benefit productions worldwide. The American Women's Club of Berlin will stage benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues this February. I talked with director Molly Moylan Brown.

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One month after the attack at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin that killed twelve people and left over fifty people injured, I meet with Berlin Victims Commissioner Roland Weber:

Life In Berlin: The Vegan Debate

Jan 18, 2017
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It’s from the German magazine Brigitte, but it sounds almost like a headline from the parody website, The Onion: "Minister of Agriculture wants to ban vegan currywurst." But it’s not that Minister Christian Schmidt of the CSU wants to ban vegan currywurst exactly; just using the names of meat products —like schnitzel or wurst— to describe their vegan and vegetarian replacements.

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It’s over two months since we woke up to the shock news that the next President of the United States will be Donald Trump, and the whole world is trying to read the runes and work out what the next four years will hold for America and the rest of the world.

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The Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is just around the corner. It’s no secret that a majority of Germans believe his presidency will worsen the transatlantic relationship, with me is Sudha David-Wilp, senior fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Berlin.

Three Things To Do This Week

Jan 17, 2017
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A few things to keep in mind this week:

 Mitte art institution Kunst-Werke is livening up the winter by presenting a knock-out series of Weekend Performances in their space and around town. The first weekend begins with pieces by Trisha Brown and Guy de Cointet. 

Life In Berlin: Beer Purity Law Revisited

Jan 12, 2017
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Hugh Eckermann: 2016 brought many changes to Berlin craft beer community.

Hana Eckermann: New craft beer bars and breweries were opening faster than ever before; craft beer events witnessed thousands of new beer lovers, and hundreds of new beers.

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“It’s the first time in my life where I am witnessing how a country, a society, step by step drifts into a kind of absurd disaster," says Berlin-based writer Imran Ayata.

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Espionage is the world’s second oldest profession but with countries facing new security threats and an ever-evolving technology landscape – they have to adapt.

Three Things To Do This Week

Jan 9, 2017
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If your New Year's resolutions include yoga and mindfulness, the Agape Zoe Festival this weekend will keep you on track. It's two days of New Age classes and workshops. The healing begins January 14th and 15th at Eden Studios in Pankow.

Life In Berlin: 'The Parachute Paradox,' Part Two

Jan 5, 2017
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We’re back with Steve Sabella, a visual artist based here in Berlin. His new memoir describes living and working as a Palestinian in exile — and details, as he says, the condition of mental exile. He joined us in the studio recently to read from his book, The Parachute Paradox. Here is the prologue, which gives the book its title:

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NPR Specials: APM Reports - The Remedial Education Trap

This week on NPR Specials: When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority of them never get a college degree.

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Three Things To Do This Week

A few things to keep in mind this week: Radialsystem V hosts the annual Chor@Berlin festival from February 23-26th . It has both concerts, for those who love choral music and want to see more, and workshops for those looking to tune up their vocal chords. Sunday at 11 AM is "I Can't Sing Choir" where Michael Betzner-Brandt proves that everyone who can speak can sing.

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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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