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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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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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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