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Kai Haskins

Funky Berlin: The British Pie Man

Timothy Pink is a kindly British pie man. His family has been selling pies in the UK since 1880, but recently Timothy has relocated to Berlin in an attempt to enter a more international market. He wears a grey argyle sweater, black apron, and beaming smile. We caught up with Timothy one Saturday afternoon at the Markthalle Neun, where he attempts to teach Berliners about the magic of savory pies. "People here don't know what a pie is. They walk past the pie warmer, and then you catch up with...

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As Diabetes Rises In Kids, So Do Treatment Challenges

Apr 30, 2012

More kids than ever have Type 2 diabetes, the kind that used to be referred to as the adult-onset variety.

It's a sign of our sedentary, calorie-rich times. Childhood obesity, a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, is commonplace. For teens, about half of new cases of diabetes are now Type 2 compared with just 3 percent a few decades back.

Cheese is a staple of many diets and, let's face it, it makes us happy. But sometimes we worry about the fat and calories it contains. Add this little guilt trip, plus a rise in veganism over the past few years and an increase in reported allergies to milk and soy, and now you've got a ripening market for cheese alternatives.

Ohio officials have decided they will hand over five animals to the widow of a man who last October paralyzed a community by releasing 56 lions, tigers, bears and other exotic animals from his farm.

Consumer Spending Growth Slows In March

Apr 30, 2012

Americans increased their spending more slowly in March, suggesting some are worried that their paychecks aren't growing fast enough.

The Commerce Department said Monday that consumer spending increased just 0.3 percent last month after a 0.9 percent gain in February.

Income grew 0.4 percent following a 0.3 percent gain in February. But after-tax income when adjusted for inflation increased just 0.2 percent in March. The gain followed two months of declines.

(The milestone was reached at 2:14 p.m. ET.)

With the addition of some steel columns, 1 World Trade Center has reached a height of symbolic importance.

At 1,271 feet (and growing) it is 21 feet taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

A large 0.9 percent gain in consumer spending from January to February was followed by a more modest 0.3 percent increase from February to March, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says.

Personal income, meanwhile, was up 0.4 percent in March. It had risen 0.3 percent in February.

With Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner due in China for economic talks that start on Thursday, the U.S. and China are rushing to avert a diplomatic crisis over the fate of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng.

Learning To Freeystyle At Neukoeln's 'Little Stage'

Apr 25, 2012

Berlin is best known for the electro scene, but if hip hop is your thing, (or even if it isn't but you want to take a creative leap) here is one of those hidden local gems where you can unleash your inner demons.

Little Stage on Jonasstrasse 1 in Neukoelln is a neighborhood music club where the next generation music scene is paying its dues.

You will find everything from new electronic rock, singer-songwriter, gypsy music to of course freestyle and new jazz.

Eat Like A Caveman At Berlin's 'Sauvage'

Apr 24, 2012

It's official: new age dining trends have invaded the German capital.

Welcome Bilder Sauvage, where you can eat like a caveman but still look like a model. At least that's what the popular Paleo diet claims, the source and inspiration behind Sauvage's approach to cooking.

Like the majority of fad diets, the Paleo diet began in health-conscious semi-neurotic America. As the name suggests, it's based on what our hunter gatherer ancestors consumed.


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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. We anticipate this change will go into effect on July 31.

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NPR Specials: How I Built This - Nolan Bushnell

This week on NPR Specials: Before he turned 40, Nolan Bushnell founded two brands that permanently shaped the way Americans amuse themselves: the iconic video game system Atari, and the frenetic family restaurant Chuck E. Cheese's.

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Three Things To Do This Week

A few things to keep in mind this week: What is jazz? You know it when you hear it. The XJazz Festival 2017 runs from May 3rd through the 7th in Kreuzberg , including improvised electronic music, new classical music, and experimental jazz. It's also a celebration of Berlin's music scene; most of the musicians are local. Germany's largest theater festival, Theatertreffen , kicks off Saturday night with a production of Three Sisters and runs through the 21st . The festival features the ten ...

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