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Life In Berlin: RIAS Report On Anti-Semitism in Berlin

"If there is not the signal that people will interfere, the same will happen again." Benjamin Steinitz refers to anti-Semitic harassment. Steinitz is the coordinator of RIAS, the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism.

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Life in Berlin: Georg Wurth On Legalized Medical Marijuana

Jan 25, 2017
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This January, Germany’s parliament voted unanimously to expand the legal availability of medical marijuana. Patients with a doctor’s prescription will be able to obtain marijuana, in the form of various tinctures or the flower itself, from their local pharmacy. Health insurance companies will be required to cover it.

NPR Specials: College Choice - The Value of It All

Jan 24, 2017
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This week on NPR Specials:

"College Choice: The Value of It All" is a new hour-long special produced by NPR News, hosted by All Things Considered's Robert Siegel. Robert spent more than a year checking in periodically with nine college seniors, talking with them about their choice of school and how things turned out. The special follows the arc of these visits, capturing the highlights of this reporting project from beginning to end.

College Choice: The Value of It All will air Saturday, January 28th at 19:00 and Monday, January 30th at 08:00.

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The Women’s March on Washington, a protest against Donald Trump’s presidency, triggered hundreds of sister marches, Berlin among them. I talked with Elle Johnson, a TV writer and executive producer, who traveled from Los Angeles to Washington to participate in the Women’s March. In one of her recent Tweets she writes:

“I will attend as an act of protest because I am an educated black female liberal Hollywood elite feminist activist atheist."

Three Things To Do This Week

Jan 23, 2017
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A few things to keep in mind this week:

Thursday the 26th at 8 pm at the English Theater Berlin, Despina Kapetanaki presents a brand-new dystopian, science fiction performance as part of their Lab series.

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Around 1,000 people demonstrated in Berlin after Donald Trump won the U.S. election last November. Enough of a sign for American activist Kathleen Brown to form the “coalition” against Global Trumpism.

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Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th at 18:00. Read more about what happened that day.

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One month after the attack at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin that killed twelve people and left over fifty people injured, I meet with Berlin Victims Commissioner Roland Weber:

Life In Berlin: The Vegan Debate

Jan 18, 2017
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It’s from the German magazine Brigitte, but it sounds almost like a headline from the parody website, The Onion: "Minister of Agriculture wants to ban vegan currywurst." But it’s not that Minister Christian Schmidt of the CSU wants to ban vegan currywurst exactly; just using the names of meat products —like schnitzel or wurst— to describe their vegan and vegetarian replacements.

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This week on NPR Specials:

It’s over two months since we woke up to the shock news that the next President of the United States will be Donald Trump, and the whole world is trying to read the runes and work out what the next four years will hold for America and the rest of the world.

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The Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is just around the corner. It’s no secret that a majority of Germans believe his presidency will worsen the transatlantic relationship, with me is Sudha David-Wilp, senior fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Berlin.


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NPR Specials: Climate One - Republican Renegades on Climate

This week on NPR Specials:

The Trump administration has moved quickly to reverse some of the previous administration’s energy and climate policies. But not all Republicans are on the same page when it comes to climate. Those on the so-called eco-right say action is needed to promote clean energy and prevent climate disruption. On today’s program we hear how Republican renegades find climate solutions in conservative principles, and what we can do when climate denial isn’t just present in the halls of government, but actually controls the levers of power.

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Three Things To Do This Week

A few things to keep in mind this week:

Bagel and kugel lovers: rejoice! It's Nosh Jewish food week , and from March 19th through March 26th , there will be dinners and demos and discussions about Jewish food all over town. The Jewish-Roman Shabbat Supperclub menu looks particularly enticing.

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Announcing a new NPR Berlin series: "On Books"

On Books is a new literature review series by NPR Berlin made possible in part by Shakespeare & Sons.

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