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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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The Cinematheque francaise exhibition "On the Set" is currently on display at the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin.

Black and white photographs of movie sets in Paris, Babelsberg and Hollywood show the early days of filmmaking and how directors and crews constructed their film sets. The exhibit also documents the incredible progress filmmaking went through during the beginning of the twentieth century.

"On the Set" marks the 100 year anniversary of the Studio Babelsberg.

Free WiFi And A New Internet Policy For Berlin?

Jan 24, 2012

Free WiFi may soon be available to all and sundry on the streets of Berlin if the city government's plans are realized.

But before you run out into the street waving your mobile device around in a gratuitous display of unadulterated glee (Wooh! Free stuff!), bear in mind that the Berlin Senate has put the project on hold before.

The free WiFi scheme has been on the agenda since 2007 but fell apart after a drawn out debate in the Senate.

Inhaling Egyptian Culture at Berlin's Largest Shisha Lounge

Jan 18, 2012

Google tells me that there are approximately 150 shisha bars in Berlin.

However, considering my favorite one isn't listed or on the map, I have to assume that there's a lot more. In fact, the wandering pedestrian can't spend five minutes in the heart of Turkish Neükolln without smelling one.... or two or three.

For those not familiar with the practice, shisha, hookah, or Wasserpfeife (water pipe), is used to smoke flavored tobacco.

"People call us Germany's streetcore band number one."

Hinrich Schmidt is sitting in his kitchen in Kreuzberg drinking tea. The drummer for the Berlin band Toxpack says his band was was really the first to invent the label "streetcore" in Germany.

Schmidt describes streetcore as a cross-over mix of hardcore punk, "Oi!" punk, an apolitical off-shoot of punk, and rock.

"People call us Germany's streetcore band number one."

Hinrich Schmidt is sitting in his kitchen in Kreuzberg drinking tea. The drummer for the Berlin band Toxpack says his band was was really the first to invent the label "streetcore" in Germany.

Schmidt describes streetcore as a cross-over mix of hardcore punk, "Oi!" punk, an apolitical off-shoot of punk, and rock.

"They gonna kind of hate you every day for one and a half years. They are going to tell you every day that you are worthless and that you have to change everything."

Berlin designer Sissi Goetze graduated with a master's degree in menswear from Central Saint Martins College in London.

Sipping Earl Grey tea in a cafe in Berlin, she euphorically talks about her time at the prestigious college.

'NOVONO': A German-Born Design Firm

Jan 10, 2012

After four and a half years in Shanghai, Nora von Nordenskjöld, a striking, 30-something blond with handsome features and ostentatiously framed glasses, was through.

"I swore up and down that I would never come back to Germany. I promised myself it wouldn't happen, but now here I am. Compared to Shanghai, Berlin's slow pace feels like I've been dropped into a gel bubble," von Nordenskjöld says.

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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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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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