A Final Note From NPR Berlin

As we mark the end of NPR’s operations of the station in Berlin, we’d like to thank our many listeners in the Berlin metropolitan area for your support over the past 10 years. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve this community, and we look forward to continuing to serve Berlin listeners in a new capacity.

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A Note From NPR Berlin 104,1 FM

Apr 13, 2017

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 by the end of September.

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In east Berlin, a few blocks away from the former headquarters of the East German secret police, nestled in between warehouses and a holding yard for Deutsche Bahn trains, there is a house of rock.

The Berliner Rockhaus one of the largest practice spaces for musicians in the city. About 1,000 musicians rent 190 rooms in the building in Lichtenberg.

Milla & Partner

Plans to build the "Monument to Freedom and Unity" have officially been approved. This giant boat-shaped seesaw, also called the "Einheitswippe," will be located next to Berlin's new City Palace at Schlossplatz. However, not everyone agrees on such a memorial. So, we went to the site and asked Germans, does Berlin need a memorial to mark Germany’s reunification?

Updated at 6:00 p.m. ET

Three explosions went off near the bus of Germany's Borussia Dortmund soccer team on Tuesday evening in the city of Dortmund, local police say.

The team said on Twitter that one of its players, defender Marc Bartra, suffered a broken wrist and is being treated in a hospital. The injury required surgery.

NPR Specials: Can Our Connected Lives Be Green and Safe?

Apr 10, 2017
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This week on NPR Specials:

The "Internet of things" promises a world with smart connected devices such as refrigerators that automatically order food and robots that anticipate our desires. On today’s show we hear how that vision is coupled with a push to run those machines, and our online lives, on cleaner power. California plans to get half of its energy from renewable sources but some advocates say the state should make a national statement by aiming for 100% clean electricity.

Three Things To Do This Week

Apr 10, 2017
Ines Meier

A few things to keep in mind this week:

The Staatsoper at Schiller Theater presents Festtage, a celebration drawing opera and classical music lovers to Berlin through April 16th. Wagner's Parsifal and Strauss' Woman without a Shadow are this year's two opera premieres.

Courtesy of Mareike Nieberding

Spurred by the US election of Donald Trump, 29-year-old Berlin-based journalist Mareike Nieberding founded DEMO. It's a new movement to promote political participation and dialogue among voters under 30. We caught up in a Kreuzberg cafe to discuss her decision to form DEMO, and the positive response it quickly received, a surprise even to herself.

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It's finally springtime in Berlin. People from all corners of the city come outside to enjoy the sun. We went to Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg and asked Berliners, "What's your favorite springtime activity?"

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This week on NPR Specials:

As the Trump administration begins ironing out its strategy in the Middle East, America Abroad examines what my lie ahead in regards to Israel, Syria, Iran, and the fight against ISIS. This episode offers broad analysis of the current situation in these areas and the choices the new president faces. We also look at the state of the US State Department how that impacts the dynamics in the region.

Three Things To Do This Week

Apr 3, 2017
D. Poupalos

A few things to keep in mind this week:

The English Theater Berlin's annual Expat Expo showcases Berlin's vibrant Anglophone theater scene. The festival runs at Fidicinstr. 40 from April 2nd to the 8th. We're particularly intrigued by the circus theater performance from Slovenian artist Andrej Tomše.


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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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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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