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"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.

'Adana Grill Haus': Beyond Doener Kebab In Berlin

Jan 30, 2012

Döner kebab may have surpassed sausage as Germany's favorite fast food, but the famous sandwich, invented by Mahmut Aygun at a Turkish snack bar in West Berlin in 1971, is nowhere to be found at Adana Grill Haus.

Founded 26 years ago a few blocks from the epicenter of Berlin's "Little Istanbul" neighborhood in Kreuzberg, the 40-seat restaurant claims to be the first Turkish grill of its kind in the city: every piece of beef and lamb is butchered in-house and grilled to order in the open kitchen.

Monthly Music Tip: Yodeler Doreen Kutzke

Jan 26, 2012

If you're looking for something a little unusual this winter weekend, Berlin's country yodeling queen, Doreen Kutzke, will be hosting a 4-hour yodeling workshop this Saturday, January 28th at Jodelschule Kreuzberg.

Yodeling involves singing an extended note which rapidly and repeatedly changes in pitch from the chest voice to the head voice making a high-low-high-low sound.

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.

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.

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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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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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