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 on August 31.

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The 62nd Berlinale opened with a gala at the Berlinale Palast and the world premiere of "Farewell my Queen."

International stars walked down the red carpet at subzero temperatures, cheered by film fans who endured the cold for hours just to get a glimpse at the celebrities.

Earlier that day, the International Jury faced questions from the press.

This year's Jury President, British filmmaker, Mike Leigh, even spoke about the weather.

The Ultimate Berlin Sport: Roller Derby

Feb 16, 2012

Attention Berlin! Superheroes, cowgirls, and cosmonauts are taking over your city this weekend!

On Saturday, the Berlin Bombshells will be opening the Roller Derby season at Arena Berlin.

Afro-Soul With A Conscience Climbs the World Music Charts

Feb 15, 2012

Mike Russell, from Washington D.C., MFA Kera, from Madagascar and Senegal, and Reinhard Katemann, from Germany, make up the Afro-Soul band Black Heritage.

"It's very important to participate in Black History month," Mike Russel says. "There's still a long way to go in the African-American community. I've had friends that have lost sons and daughters to violence. And you start to figure, have people gotten used to it? It's not something to get used to."

In Berlin, Netizens Protest Against 'ACTA'

Feb 15, 2012

Thousands of netizens braved the cold streets of Berlin on Saturday as part of a day of global protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

The Individual Vs The Group

Feb 13, 2012

I decided to go on an organized group ski trip during the recent winter school break.

I don't have a car in Berlin, and I dislike driving long distances. I also don't like driving in Germany. Those people who cruise down the left lane at 200 km per hour scare me.

So I went with my daughter on a bus trip with a Berlin company called "Prima Klima." The name sounded cool, and a friend had recommended the company.

I have never traveled so long by bus in my life; it took us nearly 16 hours to go from Berlin to Bormio in the Italian Alps.

"I have a theory," I said to the cabbie as we pulled away from the taxi stand at Wismarplatz in Friedrichshain.

"That cab drivers know where to find the best, cheapest things to eat in the city."

"Some taxi drivers know," the cabbie said. "Not all."

Fortunately, this cabbie, a forty-something Russian-German from Kazakhstan who has been driving a taxi in Berlin for the past seven years, is someone who does know about food. And like many Berlin cab drivers I have met in the quest for a good meal, Andreas Schulz* is also a fan of his job and his city.

Final Entries For The Berlinale Announced

Feb 3, 2012

Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick confirms the final entry of this years competition program: The Chinese film, White Deer Plain, by Wan Quan'an.

Quan'an is no newcomer to the festival. In fact, the director has been to the Berlinale multiple times and won a Golden Bear in 2007.

18 Films Make Final Round At Berlinale

Feb 2, 2012

Berlin's Ultraschall Festival for new music, this year in its 14th iteration, took on an ambitiously broad scope.

The program dedicated itself to reviving classics of the avant-garde while exploring new roads in the European music scene, opening an unresolved view into the stylistic plurality and fragmentation that defines the landscape of post-modern and contemporary developments.

'HBC': Cultural Center, Fine Dining With Eastern Bloc Flair

Jan 31, 2012

Maxime Boillat runs the restaurant at HBC near Alexanderplatz.

For Boillat, the quality of restaurants in Berlin is relatively behind London, Paris, or Rome. The most interesting and best restaurants in the world, for him, are in Tokyo.

And while the restaurant manager is not competing with Tokyo, he does try to offer a sophisticated dining experience.

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Molly Brown for NPR Berlin

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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Monika Müller-Kroll for NPR Berlin

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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