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One month after the attack at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin that killed twelve people and left over fifty people injured, I meet with Berlin Victims Commissioner Roland Weber:

"Mr. Weber, what can you tell us about the people who got injured at the Christmas market attack in Berlin," I ask him. "Are there still people in the hospital and how are they doing?"

"There are still 11 people in the hospitals. They are seriously injured and there are still operations and such things, and today we can’t say more about them."

Life In Berlin: The Vegan Debate

Jan 18, 2017
Courtesy of Lily Kelting

It’s from the German magazine Brigitte, but it sounds almost like a headline from the parody website, The Onion: "Minister of Agriculture wants to ban vegan currywurst." But it’s not that Minister Christian Schmidt of the CSU wants to ban vegan currywurst exactly; just using the names of meat products —like schnitzel or wurst— to describe their vegan and vegetarian replacements.

I head to the independently owned Bioladen, Biolino, to get their opinion. The owner, Victor Brun, is surprisingly unperturbed.

Courtesy of Sudha David-Wilp

The Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is just around the corner. It’s no secret that a majority of Germans believe his presidency will worsen the transatlantic relationship, with me is Sudha David-Wilp, senior fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Berlin.

"Sudha, we got a glimpse of what Mr. Trump’s priorities are at his press conference last week. How was it received in Germany?" I ask her.

NPR Special: Jazz Piano Christmas

Dec 20, 2016
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Join the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and NPR for a special family affair at this year's A Jazz Piano Christmas

Husband Bill Charlap and wife Renee Rosnes join Chicagoans Willie Pickens and daughter Bethany Pickens, to perform seasonal favorites in this annual jazz tradition. This event will be recorded for broadcast and streaming online. Part of A Family Affair.

Jazz Piano Christmas will air on NPR Berlin this Saturday, December 24th at 19:00 and on Monday, December 26th at 08:00.

NPR Special: Holiday Spirit In Berlin

Dec 12, 2016
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This Saturday is all about the holiday spirit in Berlin. Soak up the atmosphere at the Alt-Rixdorfer Weihnachtsmarkt around the historic Richardplatz in Neukölln. Sneak into a rehearsal of the all time Christmas favorite 'La Boheme' and meet young and up-and-coming opera singers. American entertainer and Berliner Gayle Tufts shares her thoughts on German and American Christmas culture, and we talk to our listeners about their holiday traditions.

Holiday Spirit in Berlin will air on NPR Berlin this Saturday, December 17th at 19:00 and on Monday, December 19th at 08:00.