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Life In Berlin: Countering Assumptions About Turkey’s Referendum

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. “I don’t rule out...

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A dilapidated, two-story clapboard house saved from demolition in Detroit might seem like an out-of-place addition to a backyard in Berlin-Wedding. But for American artist Ryan Mendoza, importing this little white house from the Midwest to his property in Germany was the only solution to save this piece of Civil Rights hero Rosa Parks' legacy.

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Last Friday, Chancellor Merkel and President Trump had their first face-to-face meeting at the White House in Washington D.C. I talked with Martin Klingst, Senior Political Correspondent for Die Zeit about their meeting and current German U.S. relations.

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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.

Three Things To Do This Week

Mar 20, 2017
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A few things to keep in mind this week:

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.


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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