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. Update: we anticipate this change will go into effect on August 31.

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Hungary Revisited At The Konzerthaus Berlin

Feb 29, 2012

The concert cycle "All'Ongarese" augurs promisingly for the Konzerthaus Berlin under its future Music Director and Chief Conductor Ivan Fischer, who has set out to stress a common tradition of Slavic repertoire as he enters the position next season.

Among several new initiatives recently unveiled under the motto "Open," the cycle, which took place February 18 -26, explored Hungarian and Hungarian-inspired music from Brahms to contemporary composers.

Flirting With Autobiography: Michael Ondaatje In Berlin

Feb 27, 2012

On Wednesday night, literary lovers flocked to the Akademie Der Künste on Pariser Platz to hear the words of one of the most well-known and respected authors of our time.

Joined by German translators, in co-operation with the Canadian Embassy, Michael Ondaatje, author of literary classics like The English Patient and Anil's Ghost was present to read from and comment on his newest book, The Cat's Table.

The evening served as the book's German premiere and is now available to German audiences under the title Katzentisch.

At The Berlinale, Smaller Films Make A Stir

Feb 23, 2012

The prizes at the 62nd Berlinale have been handed out. The stars have left the city, but there are some films that resonate after their screenings.

It's been 50 years since an Indonesian film was included in the Berlinale competition program. This year, Postcards from the Zoo, by filmmaker Edwin, marked the comeback.

Postcards from the Zoo is a poetic tale of a young woman, Lana, who, as a little girl, is left behind by her father in the Jakarta zoo. She is raised by the giraffe keeper.

'Caesar Must Die' Wins Top Honor At The Berlinale

Feb 21, 2012

"Caesar Must Die," the film by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, won the top prize - the Golden Bear - for best film at the 62nd Berlinale.

Mostly shot in black and white, the filmmaker brothers document the performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar by inmates of the Roman high security prison, Rebibbia.

A chorus represents the most democratic of musical institutions. The ability to blend one's voice overrides individual sound, liturgical repertoire tends to dominate, and, in many religious organizations, pretty much anyone can join.

The 62nd Berlinale opened with a gala at the Berlinale Palast and the world premiere of "Farewell my Queen."

International stars walked down the red carpet at subzero temperatures, cheered by film fans who endured the cold for hours just to get a glimpse at the celebrities.

Earlier that day, the International Jury faced questions from the press.

This year's Jury President, British filmmaker, Mike Leigh, even spoke about the weather.

The Ultimate Berlin Sport: Roller Derby

Feb 16, 2012

Attention Berlin! Superheroes, cowgirls, and cosmonauts are taking over your city this weekend!

On Saturday, the Berlin Bombshells will be opening the Roller Derby season at Arena Berlin.

Afro-Soul With A Conscience Climbs the World Music Charts

Feb 15, 2012

Mike Russell, from Washington D.C., MFA Kera, from Madagascar and Senegal, and Reinhard Katemann, from Germany, make up the Afro-Soul band Black Heritage.

"It's very important to participate in Black History month," Mike Russel says. "There's still a long way to go in the African-American community. I've had friends that have lost sons and daughters to violence. And you start to figure, have people gotten used to it? It's not something to get used to."

In Berlin, Netizens Protest Against 'ACTA'

Feb 15, 2012

Thousands of netizens braved the cold streets of Berlin on Saturday as part of a day of global protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

The Individual Vs The Group

Feb 13, 2012

I decided to go on an organized group ski trip during the recent winter school break.

I don't have a car in Berlin, and I dislike driving long distances. I also don't like driving in Germany. Those people who cruise down the left lane at 200 km per hour scare me.

So I went with my daughter on a bus trip with a Berlin company called "Prima Klima." The name sounded cool, and a friend had recommended the company.

I have never traveled so long by bus in my life; it took us nearly 16 hours to go from Berlin to Bormio in the Italian Alps.

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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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