Monika Müller-Kroll

Reporter, Life in Berlin

Monika Müller-Kroll is a freelance radio producer and author who has lived in Amsterdam, London, and Los Angeles. She has been a reporter for the "Life in Berlin" series on NPR Berlin since 2007. 

Monika has filed radio reports for German Public Radio, such as Deutschlandradio Kultur, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and Radio Bremen, as well as BBC World-Service and NPR's Day to Day. In 2005, she won the RIAS Berlin Kommission radio award for her essays "Berlin Impressions." 

Apart from radio, Monika's passion is drawing cats. In 2003, her work formed part of the group exhibition “The Cat Show” at Acme Gallery in Los Angeles.  Three years ago, the Parisian publisher Ialou released the first edition of Mittens & Gloves, a collection of Monika's cat drawings. She is originally from Kulmbach, Germany.

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The Vagina Monologues by playwright and activist Eve Ensler were first performed in 1994 in New York. Four years later, Ensler established V-Day to end violence against women and girls and to raise awareness and funds through benefit productions worldwide. The American Women's Club of Berlin will stage benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues this February. I talked with director Molly Moylan Brown.

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"Everything I was doing, I was creating in real time; the voice, the loop of the voice..."

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe creates sounds on the spot. His main tool: a modular synthesizer.

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Writer and director Andres Veiel describes Joseph Beuys as a very German artist

"And at the same time, he is very un-German because of his humor; because of his self irony."

30 years after his death, Beuys' work and ideas are revived by Andres Veiel in an extensive chronicle. His documentary Beuys just premiered at the Berlinale film festival.

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A rare moment at the Berlinale film festival, actor Sakari Kuosmanen breaks into a Finish Tango during a press conference, instigated by director and screenwriter Aki Kaurismäki. The actor and the director have known each other for 30 years. Their latest collaboration: Kaurismäki's Berlinale entry, The Other Side of Hope - the story of a Syrian refugee and a Finish salesman.

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The smell of chili cheese nachos and Allgäuer Kässpätzle linger in the cold air at Joseph-von-Eichendorff-Gasse, close to the Berlinale Palast. The alley is lined with food trucks that offer quality international street food. The collaboration between the Culinary Cinema, Berlin’s Markthalle Neun, and Slow Food has become a fixture in recent years at the International Film Festival. 

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