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Discover the NPR Berlin Blog Archive from 2009-2011.

It’s Tuesday, October 20th. It’s 6 am in Berlin and the city has a different face: delivery trucks on every corner, barely awoken faces of people slowly making their way to work for the early shifts at local bakeries, groceries and other places that serve the “normal” Berliners who don’t get up until 2 hours later. The pink light of the sunrise line on Leipziger Strasse already full of traffic. A familiar voice, an “All Things Considered” host is waking up the city.

NPR Special: IQ2 UK - Tough Prisons

Oct 26, 2015
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This week on NPR Specials: 

NPR Special: Berlin Entrepreneur Conference

Oct 19, 2015
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This week on NPR Specials:

Enjoy a rebroadcast of The Berlin Entrepreneur Conference, featuring a comparison between the US and German approach to creating and cultivating ideas, and a review about the start-up scene in Berlin.

The Berlin Entrepreneur Conference will air this Saturday, October 24 at 19:00 and Monday, October 26 at 08.00.

NPR News Special: The Iran Nuclear Deal

Sep 17, 2015
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Also this week on NPR Specials: Few Americans remember that Iran launched its nuclear program in the 1950s with the direct backing of its then ally, the United States. That American support would turn to sanctions and threats of war over Iran's nuclear ambitions. The bitter rivals opened secret negotiations two years ago and are now party to a high-risk deal. Supporters and critics agree it's a pivotal moment -- but for better or worse?

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 Rainer Just shows me photos of the former border strip along Bernauer Strasse. Images from June 1990. Although the Berlin Wall had fallen in November of '89, the official demolition of the border fortifications started 7 months later at the corner of Bernauer Strasse and Ackerstrasse. Thousands of people attended this historic event 25 years ago. Rainer Just was among them taking photos:

"Der damalige Bausenator von Berlin West und sein Kollege aus dem Osten…"