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Life In Berlin: A Medical Trial

It’s early morning as I walk into my hospital room ominously flanked by a graveyard. The nurse immediately greets me by rifling through my bag to make sure I haven’t brought any food in. That’s not unusual for this kind of medical trial. They’re just trying to standardize our food. But it’s still a little unnerving.
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NPR Special: Hanukkah Lights

Dec 5, 2016
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A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories. written by R.L. Maizes, Lia Pripstein, Elisa Albert, and Ellen Orleans. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Hanukkah Lights will air on NPR Berlin this Saturday, December 10th at 19:00 and on Monday, December 12th at 08:00.

Three Things To Do This Week

Dec 5, 2016
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Puccini's Toaster presents pop-up opera (get it?) at the former silent movie house, Delphi. This weekend, December 10th and 11th, they'll present Puccini's La Boheme. That's at Gustav-Adolph Straße 2.

Life In Berlin: A Medical Trial

Dec 5, 2016
Patrick T. Fallon/Getty Images

It’s early morning as I walk into my hospital room ominously flanked by a graveyard. The nurse immediately greets me by rifling through my bag to make sure I haven’t brought any food in. That’s not unusual for this kind of medical trial. They’re just trying to standardize our food. But it’s still a little unnerving.

Life In Berlin: 'Meet The Brewer' In Mariendorf

Dec 2, 2016
Hana & Hugh Eckermann

Hana and Hugh Eckermann went to the "Meet the Brewer" event in Berlin-Mariendorf. They talked to three American craft brewing icons: Greg Koch, Sam Calagione and Bill Covaleski, who are presenting their special collaboration brew Saison du Buff. 

Life In Berlin: Raw Wine in Kreuzberg

Nov 30, 2016
Susannah Edelbaum

At the Raw Wine Fair at Kreuzberg’s historic Markthalle Neun, hundreds of wine aficionados are tasting natural wines from dozens of vineyards. The winemakers have come in from France, Italy, Turkey, Austria, Eastern Europe, and of course all around Germany. According to Athénaïs de Béru of Château de Béru in Burgundy, France: 

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'Tis the season for festive Christmas markets and joyful holiday tunes! To get into the holiday spirit, we went to Weihnachtszauber at Gendarmenmarkt and asked Berliners: What is your favorite Christmas song?

CHRIS HORNBECKER

This week on NPR Specials:

Pink Martini's Joy To The World – A Holiday Spectacular

The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems, hear a multi-denominational, multi-cultural jubilee, overflowing with enough holiday spirit to warm your entire family. Hosted by All Things Considered's Ari Shapiro, and co-produced by OPB and Murray Street Productions.

Three Things To Do This Week

Nov 28, 2016
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Chernobyl: turning point or catalyst? Think through the role of nuclear energy since the reactor's meltdown in 1986 at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung's conference on Chernobyl Friday, December 2nd, at Schumannstraße 8. With live English translation. Tickets required. 

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Next January will mark two years since the minimum wage was introduced in Germany. Some economists feared that setting it at 8.50 euros an hour would lead to two main problems. I talked to Carsten Bronstrüp, spokesperson for the UVB (Unternehmensverbänder Berlin-Brandenburg), an employers’ association in the capital region.

"We saw the risk of job cuts, especially for the low skilled workers, and for price increases for consumers."

Susan Woosley

 

I met with Stevie Bloomquist, a loyal listener to NPR Berlin, in our NPR Berlin studios in Kreuzberg. 

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NPR Special: Hanukkah Lights

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories. written by R.L. Maizes, Lia Pripstein, Elisa Albert, and Ellen Orleans. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. Hanukkah Lights will air on NPR Berlin this Saturday, December 10th at 19:00 and on Monday, December 12th at 08:00.
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What's Happening This Week

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Three Things To Do This Week

Puccini's Toaster presents pop-up opera (get it?) at the former silent movie house, Delphi. This weekend, December 10th and 11th, they'll present Puccini's La Boheme. That's at Gustav-Adolph Straße 2. Art book lovers and those hunting for the perfect gift might swing by Friends with Books, one of Europe's leading art book festivals. The action takes place Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 7 PM at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art. The electronic music industry remains a bit of a...
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