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. Update: we anticipate this change will go into effect by the end of September.

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(The milestone was reached at 2:14 p.m. ET.)

With the addition of some steel columns, 1 World Trade Center has reached a height of symbolic importance.

At 1,271 feet (and growing) it is 21 feet taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

A large 0.9 percent gain in consumer spending from January to February was followed by a more modest 0.3 percent increase from February to March, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says.

Personal income, meanwhile, was up 0.4 percent in March. It had risen 0.3 percent in February.

With Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner due in China for economic talks that start on Thursday, the U.S. and China are rushing to avert a diplomatic crisis over the fate of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng.

Learning To Freeystyle At Neukoeln's 'Little Stage'

Apr 25, 2012

Berlin is best known for the electro scene, but if hip hop is your thing, (or even if it isn't but you want to take a creative leap) here is one of those hidden local gems where you can unleash your inner demons.

Little Stage on Jonasstrasse 1 in Neukoelln is a neighborhood music club where the next generation music scene is paying its dues.

You will find everything from new electronic rock, singer-songwriter, gypsy music to of course freestyle and new jazz.

Eat Like A Caveman At Berlin's 'Sauvage'

Apr 24, 2012

It's official: new age dining trends have invaded the German capital.

Welcome Bilder Sauvage, where you can eat like a caveman but still look like a model. At least that's what the popular Paleo diet claims, the source and inspiration behind Sauvage's approach to cooking.

Like the majority of fad diets, the Paleo diet began in health-conscious semi-neurotic America. As the name suggests, it's based on what our hunter gatherer ancestors consumed.

There are few things young Berliners like better than abandoned buildings.

The city might boast world-renowned museums, but many prefer their history uncurated. As the evenings warm up, those in the know are flocking to the deserted sanitarium in Beelitz, or the old Spreewald fairground.

Don't Like Going To The Gym? Try The Hula Hoop

Apr 18, 2012

Balazs Ari, a former mountain bike racer from Canada, has made a career out of what many people fondly remember as "hula hooping."

"It's something like yoga but faster. It's one way of saying it. It's like Pilates without all the equipment. It's like riding a bike with a smaller circle, if you wanna do it for exercise," Ari says.

Berlin's 'Rice Up,' Healthy Fast Food With A European Touch

Apr 17, 2012

Directly on the platform of the U-Bahn station Schoenleinstrasse, a young woman is buying a Japanese snack.

What used to be a news stand at the station is now Rice Up, a take-away sandwich shop.

Thorsten Reuter and his partner, Arev, opened Rice Up a couple months ago. Their selection of Onigiri is based on traditional Japanese fillings, but they do make one exception: offering a Mediterranean option. An Onigiri filled with Ratatouille and feta cheese.

Reueter say he came up with the idea for Rice Up a decade ago when he was in Japan.

The Pictoplasma Festival, a festival dedicated to visual culture, begins this Wednesday in Berlin with main venues at the Babylon and HBC.

This year, the five day program includes a conference, screenings, art exhibitions, and a character walk. The festival is a meeting ground for illustrators, animators, designers, and artists from all over the world; over 600 attendees are expected.


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Life In Berlin: "Auntie" Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women, Part 1

Dr. Bettina Gaber is pretty busy this Monday afternoon. Every chair in the waiting room of her practice for gynecology and obstetrics is taken. Still, Dr. Gaber takes her time with a young woman from Afghanistan. She wants to remain anonymous - we'll call her Malia. Malia is expecting her third child.

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Life In Berlin: "Auntie" Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women, Part 2

Khatol Sediq from the NGO Malteser Hilfsdienst sees integration as a two-way street. She believes that people from different cultures can understand each other and also respect their differences. She says it's great to get to know other cultures and to share your own culture and values.

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Elisabeth Waller

Life In Berlin: "Auntie" Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women, Part 3

"So I haven't seen her since the hospital, because I was away. So now I am back and I am very excited to see the baby today." Elisabeth Waller volunteers with the Auntie Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women; an American initiative in cooperation with the Malteser Hilfsdienst. We are on our way to visit Maryam, her husband Javad and their newborn baby Elena.

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