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Life In Berlin: Adrian Piper's "The Probable Trust Registry" Inspires Hard-Thinking And Conversation

Inside the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, I’m standing at a desk with gold lettering above it that says, "I will always mean what I say."

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NPR Specials: Hamilton - A Story of US

Feb 27, 2017
Joan Marcus

This week on NPR Specials:

A Rerun of Hamilton: A Story of US, is a one hour special that features the voices of students, the Hamilton cast members, biographer Ron Chernow, the irresistible super hit Hamilton score, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Feb 27, 2017
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The Pierre Boulez Saal opens with a gala concert lead by Daniel Barenboim. Come for the architecture, stay for the mix of classical, 20th century, and contemporary music. It's at Französische Straße 33 D.

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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.


"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.

NPR Specials: APM Reports - The Remedial Education Trap

Feb 21, 2017
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When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority of them never get a college degree. 

Three Things To Do This Week

Feb 20, 2017
Raphael Beinder

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Radialsystem V hosts the annual Chor@Berlin festival from February 23-26th. It has both concerts, for those who love choral music and want to see more, and workshops for those looking to tune up their vocal chords. Sunday at 11 AM is "I Can't Sing Choir" where Michael Betzner-Brandt proves that everyone who can speak can sing.

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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 Finnish 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 Finnish salesman.

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Alongside the independent films, documentaries, and future blockbusters shown at the Berlinale, is the Talents Program. The mentoring platform brings together industry newcomers and established directors to foster creative dialog.

Marco Borggreve

Brahms, Bach, and Beethoven are ernste Musik—serious, "E-music." "U-music" - entertainment music - covers everything that’s not classical art music, stretching from top 40 hits to jazz. OK, so where in this German system do you place the Asphalt Orchestra?


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NPR Specials: The Best Medicine For Breast Cancer

This week on NPR Specials:

In The Best Medicine for Breast Cancer, doctors follow the stories of women whose lives changed after a mammogram or breast exam lead to the diagnosis of breast cancer. Breast cancer is a disease where women make choices regarding their care and we explore these options about mammography, surgery, and then chemotherapy, which is fortunately becoming more focused and targeted for individual women.

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If you look down your nose at Jägermeister, youll be in good company at the Destille Craft Sprits Festival this weekend at the Heeresbäckerei on Köpenicker Str. 16. It's two days devoted to tasting and talking about artisanal spirits - the first trade fair of this kind in Europe. The festival is April 1st through 2nd.

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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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