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Life In Berlin: How To Make Beer Like A Parasite

Hana Eckermann: Bierlieb in Berlin - Friedrichshain announced a Parasite Produktions beer tasting and we are eager to find out what is the story behind this unusual project. Richie Hodges: We're also in a scene in Berlin right now that although is growing and budding and doing wonderful craft beer, has maybe become a little bit stagnant in the last six months to a year. We thought, "and let's just shake it up a little bit and try something new." It's Berlin, be creative, push the edge a...

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'Adana Grill Haus': Beyond Doener Kebab In Berlin

Jan 30, 2012

Döner kebab may have surpassed sausage as Germany's favorite fast food, but the famous sandwich, invented by Mahmut Aygun at a Turkish snack bar in West Berlin in 1971, is nowhere to be found at Adana Grill Haus.

Founded 26 years ago a few blocks from the epicenter of Berlin's "Little Istanbul" neighborhood in Kreuzberg, the 40-seat restaurant claims to be the first Turkish grill of its kind in the city: every piece of beef and lamb is butchered in-house and grilled to order in the open kitchen.

Monthly Music Tip: Yodeler Doreen Kutzke

Jan 26, 2012

If you're looking for something a little unusual this winter weekend, Berlin's country yodeling queen, Doreen Kutzke, will be hosting a 4-hour yodeling workshop this Saturday, January 28th at Jodelschule Kreuzberg.

Yodeling involves singing an extended note which rapidly and repeatedly changes in pitch from the chest voice to the head voice making a high-low-high-low sound.

The Cinematheque francaise exhibition "On the Set" is currently on display at the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin.

Black and white photographs of movie sets in Paris, Babelsberg and Hollywood show the early days of filmmaking and how directors and crews constructed their film sets. The exhibit also documents the incredible progress filmmaking went through during the beginning of the twentieth century.

"On the Set" marks the 100 year anniversary of the Studio Babelsberg.

The Cinematheque francaise exhibition "On the Set" is currently on display at the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin.

Black and white photographs of movie sets in Paris, Babelsberg and Hollywood show the early days of filmmaking and how directors and crews constructed their film sets. The exhibit also documents the incredible progress filmmaking went through during the beginning of the twentieth century.

"On the Set" marks the 100 year anniversary of the Studio Babelsberg.

Free WiFi And A New Internet Policy For Berlin?

Jan 24, 2012

Free WiFi may soon be available to all and sundry on the streets of Berlin if the city government's plans are realized.

But before you run out into the street waving your mobile device around in a gratuitous display of unadulterated glee (Wooh! Free stuff!), bear in mind that the Berlin Senate has put the project on hold before.

The free WiFi scheme has been on the agenda since 2007 but fell apart after a drawn out debate in the Senate.

Inhaling Egyptian Culture at Berlin's Largest Shisha Lounge

Jan 18, 2012

Google tells me that there are approximately 150 shisha bars in Berlin.

However, considering my favorite one isn't listed or on the map, I have to assume that there's a lot more. In fact, the wandering pedestrian can't spend five minutes in the heart of Turkish Neükolln without smelling one.... or two or three.

For those not familiar with the practice, shisha, hookah, or Wasserpfeife (water pipe), is used to smoke flavored tobacco.

"People call us Germany's streetcore band number one."

Hinrich Schmidt is sitting in his kitchen in Kreuzberg drinking tea. The drummer for the Berlin band Toxpack says his band was was really the first to invent the label "streetcore" in Germany.

Schmidt describes streetcore as a cross-over mix of hardcore punk, "Oi!" punk, an apolitical off-shoot of punk, and rock.

"People call us Germany's streetcore band number one."

Hinrich Schmidt is sitting in his kitchen in Kreuzberg drinking tea. The drummer for the Berlin band Toxpack says his band was was really the first to invent the label "streetcore" in Germany.

Schmidt describes streetcore as a cross-over mix of hardcore punk, "Oi!" punk, an apolitical off-shoot of punk, and rock.

"They gonna kind of hate you every day for one and a half years. They are going to tell you every day that you are worthless and that you have to change everything."

Berlin designer Sissi Goetze graduated with a master's degree in menswear from Central Saint Martins College in London.

Sipping Earl Grey tea in a cafe in Berlin, she euphorically talks about her time at the prestigious college.

'NOVONO': A German-Born Design Firm

Jan 10, 2012

After four and a half years in Shanghai, Nora von Nordenskjöld, a striking, 30-something blond with handsome features and ostentatiously framed glasses, was through.

"I swore up and down that I would never come back to Germany. I promised myself it wouldn't happen, but now here I am. Compared to Shanghai, Berlin's slow pace feels like I've been dropped into a gel bubble," von Nordenskjöld says.

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A Note From NPR Berlin 104,1 FM

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: Does Greening The Economy Leave Some People Behind?

This week on NPR Specials: Cities are leading the way in the greening of America’s economy. From urban parks and farms to microgrids and living buildings, dynamic urban planning can adapt to changing coastlines and severe weather delivered by a volatile climate. But there’s a risk that green-living innovations become solely the domain of a privileged urban elite.

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Three Things To Do This Week

A few things to keep in mind this week: It's Gallery Weekend ! From the 28th through 30th there will be more vernissages and well-dressed art world visitors in Berlin than you ever thought possible. See the website or grab a map to make a plan...or just saunter along Potsdamer Straße and see what you see.

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