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NPR Specials: Invisiblia - Our Computers, Ourselves

11 hours ago
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This week on NPR Specials: A twist on Invisibilia's usual exploration of the invisible forces that shape our lives, the show's pilot seasons will be ending in the realm of the visible by pondering if computers shape our behavior, and the way we see the world. 

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“My name is Kirill Kalugin. I’m 23 years old. I’m from St. Petersburg, Russia and I leave my country because I was afraid for my health, for my life, and for my freedom.”

Kirill Kalugin is one of a growing number of gay Russians seeking political asylum in the West. In November, Kalugin arrived in Dortmund, Germany, after multiple arrests, death threats and physical attacks. He’s been assaulted and arrested for waving a rainbow flag, as well as for demonstrating against Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Life In Berlin: Punk And The Ramones In Berlin

Feb 26, 2015
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The Ramones Museum holds a special place in Berlin’s musical history.

“I was such a big fan before I got into the band”

We are speaking with CJ Ramone.

Life In Berlin: Cameron Silver

Feb 26, 2015
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As a city, Berlin’s culture is unique from music to art to language to literature.  The aesthetic of its fashion is one of the most vibrant. Cameron Silver, owner of Decades in LA, celebrated guest on many a red carpet, found a few moments to speak about what makes Berlin’s style radiate.

"A city like Berlin has a very distinctive and celebrated street style and I think less of an impact on its formal red carpet moments. Because this is not really a red carpet town. I guess the red carpet is a little bit more free and unexpected."

Amanda Marsalis

 “There’s not anything more irresistible than a combination of food and film,” says Alice Waters, one of America’s best known chefs. Her restaurant, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, has been around since 1971. It’s considered the birthplace of modern California cuisine.