Berlin Stories

Monday and Wednesday at 11:06 during Morning Edition, Wednesday and Thursday at 11:32 during All Things Considered

Berlin Stories are short takes on Berlin featuring American, British, and Irish authors. Each vignette is approximately 4 minutes long.

Berlin Stories are produced in Germany by Anna Winger, Melanie Sevcenko, and Victoria Gosling.

The series was created to air on NPR Berlin FM 104,1.

Visit the official Berlin Stories website and archive for more details about how to submit your own story.

Berlin Stories: 'We Slept In Body Bags, Just In Case'

Dec 18, 2013
We Slept in Body Bags, Just in Case
Courtesy of Melanie Sevchenko

In this Berlin Story, Melanie Sevcenko reads from her new poetry chapbook, We Slept in Body Bags, Just in Case.

She begins her reading with the selection, "Some Joint."

Melanie Sevcenko is a journalist, poet, and producer for Berlin Stories heard on NPR Berlin. Working in both print and radio, she has reported for Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, Global Post, Monocle, Toronto Star, USA Today, and CBC, amongst others.

Berlin Stories: Gardening Teaches Us 'Immer Mit Der Ruhe'

Oct 10, 2013
Lydia Stryk
Nick Simpson

With the gardening season almost over in Berlin, gardeners across the city develop a slightly irritated, elsewhere look this time of year.

According to playwright Lydia Stryk, they don't fit in out on the streets. They don't belong to its hustle and bustle, as if the coming winter were an unpleasant but necessary cross to be born until garden season starts up again.

Four years ago, Stryk experienced this herself when she decided to take on her own garden plot along the Spandauer Damm.

Professor Dr. Johanna Wanka
Steffen Kugler / Bundesregierung

In the fifth part of our series interviewing representatives from the five major political parties, Sudha David-Wilp of the German Marshall Fund spoke to Johanna Wanka, Education Minister and CDU member, about transatlantic relations in the run-up to the German election.

How do young people in Germany view the U.S.' recent strategic focus on Asia?

Stefan Liebich
Franka Bruns / AP

In the fourth part of our series interviewing representatives from the five major political parties, Sudha David-Wilp of the German Marshall Fund spoke to Stefan Liebich, a member of Parliament representing the Left Party, about transatlantic relations in the run-up to the German election.

What does the United States' recent strategic policy focus on Asia mean for the transatlantic relationship?

Reinhard Buetikofer
Henning Kaiser / Getty Images

In the third part of our series interviewing representatives from the five major political parties, Sudha David-Wilp of the German Marshall Fund spoke to Reinhard Buetikofer, the former chairman of the German Green Party about transatlantic relations in the run-up to the German election.

Reinhard Buetikofer is currently European Parliament Minister.

How have Europeans reacted to the United States' recent focus on Asia?

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