Life In Berlin

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“Don’t let yourself harden in these hard times.” The lyrics by East-German protest singer Wolf Biermann have been running through Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick’s head lately. He recites them for the assembled press at Tuesday’s program preview.

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23 years after the founding of the American Academy in Berlin, author and journalist, Kati Marton, believes its existence is more important than ever.

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Violinist Anthea Kreston is not a person to sit back and observe life.

“I like to dig in and feel all the excitement, the danger and the love. Every part of life I enjoy."

Life in Berlin: Georg Wurth On Legalized Medical Marijuana

Jan 25, 2017
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This January, Germany’s parliament voted unanimously to expand the legal availability of medical marijuana. Patients with a doctor’s prescription will be able to obtain marijuana, in the form of various tinctures or the flower itself, from their local pharmacy. Health insurance companies will be required to cover it.

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The Women’s March on Washington, a protest against Donald Trump’s presidency, triggered hundreds of sister marches, Berlin among them. I talked with Elle Johnson, a TV writer and executive producer, who traveled from Los Angeles to Washington to participate in the Women’s March. In one of her recent Tweets she writes:

“I will attend as an act of protest because I am an educated black female liberal Hollywood elite feminist activist atheist."