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Life In Berlin: RIAS Report On Anti-Semitism in Berlin

"If there is not the signal that people will interfere, the same will happen again." Benjamin Steinitz refers to anti-Semitic harassment. Steinitz is the coordinator of RIAS, the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism.

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NPR Specials: US Asia Policy Under Trump

Feb 7, 2017
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This week's show is a recording of a town hall meeting in collaboration with America Abroad Media and Hawaii Public Radio. President Trump's declarations on Asia have caused much uncertainty in the region. To better understand the hopes, fears, and concerns on both sides of the Pacific, America Abroad convened a bi-national town hall bringing together audiences and experts in Honolulu and Tokyo. The discussion touches on topics like military alliances, trade deals, and an unstable North Korea.

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The Super Bowl commercial isn't just about pushing a product during breaks between football; it's a veritable genre. But it's strange, when you think about it, that many viewers willingly seek out, watch, and discuss advertising.

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Feb 6, 2017
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Book shop Motto Berlin celebrates the publication of Yes Yes Yes Alternative Press, a compendium of counterculture ephemera from the 60s and 70s, with an exhibition of posters and other materials. The exhibition runs until March 11th at Skalitzer Str. 68.

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“Germany provided very strong leadership and took principled and very practical measures and was very coherent in its approach to asylum seekers and refugees arriving in Europe in 2015 and 2016.”

Katharina Lumpp has been assisting and protecting refugees for more than 20 years. Since December 2015, she is the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Germany. Apart from showing leadership, says Lumpp, Germany is also...

On Books: 'A Box Of Matches' By Nicholson Baker

Feb 2, 2017
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2017 is here and with it comes new resolutions, new tasks, and new routines. It is often in these first weeks of the new year that we like to take stock of our lives – reflecting, contemplating, measuring. Nicholson Baker's A Box of Matches is such a self-study: it observes life up close, without ever leaving the comfort of its narrator's own home.

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“Don’t let yourself harden in these hard times.” The lyrics by East-German protest singer Wolf Biermann have been running through Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick’s head lately. He recites them for the assembled press at Tuesday’s program preview.

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23 years after the founding of the American Academy in Berlin, author and journalist, Kati Marton, believes its existence is more important than ever.

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In 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger launched California's attack on climate change by signing a pioneering law to reduce carbon pollution across the state’s economy. More recently, California’s energy utility announced plans to close the state's last remaining nuclear power plant. But will such a move reduce or increase carbon pollution?

Three Things To Do This Week

Jan 30, 2017
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February 3rd, the Galerie Bastian, am Kupfergraben 10, shows recent paintings by Anselm Kiefer. Kiefer's large scale works often feature literary references. This series draws writings about nature from Goethe and Adalbert Stifter.

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Violinist Anthea Kreston is not a person to sit back and observe life.

“I like to dig in and feel all the excitement, the danger and the love. Every part of life I enjoy."


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NPR Specials: Climate One - Republican Renegades on Climate

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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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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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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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