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Petrov Ahner

On a recent June weekend, a number of galleries, cafes, private residences, and even one church opened their doors for the annual cultural festival 48 Stunden Neukölln (48 Hours Neukölln) .

Berlin Stories: The Antifolk Scene Takes On Berlin

Jul 2, 2013
Jon Berger

In this special episode of Berlin Stories, hosts Deenah Vollmer and Cricket Arrison take a closer look at the Antifolk movement, a music scene that spread to Germany from New York.  

Monika Müller-Kroll / NPR Berlin


Michaela Matschas went to see both former President John F. Kennedy and President Ronald Reagan when they spoke in Berlin. 

Matschas says Kennedy's speech at the Schoeneberger Rathaus was an absolute highlight. She kept the newspaper from that day and followed every step of the President through Berlin.

Kreuzberg Hosts Ethical Street Food At Markthalle Neun

Jun 6, 2013
Markthalle Neun
Monika Mueller-Kroll / NPR Berlin

On Street Food Thursday, crowds flock to Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg to sample international cuisine from a number of different stands.  

A wide range of delicacies from around the world fill the indoor market, including Mexican tacos, American beef brisket sandwiches, British pies, Korean and Thai street food, as well as locally produced organic meats and cheeses.

At one of the stands, Lilith Rudhart prepares a vegan burger on a whole wheat bun.

A Look Back At 'Life In Berlin' in 2012

Jan 3, 2013
Anouschka Pearlman / NPR Berlin

With another year at a close, we take a look back at some of the best local coverage that Berlin had to offer in 2012. From some of our favorite Life in Berlin features about the city’s authors, artists, philanthropists, and musicians to recent news stories that reflect what’s happening in Berlin, including a report from Eric Westervelt on the rising technology scene and a story from Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on the city’s wild boar population. We’ll also hear about popular festivals from 2012, urban gardens, and local humanitarian efforts.