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2:20 am
Thu April 17, 2014

American Duo JBAK Commissioned To Create Lichtenberg Mural

American artist duo JBAK will create a 500 square meter mural on Landsberger Allee. This image shows what the mural will look like when completed, which JBAK says will take around four weeks.
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James Bullough and his creative partner Addison Karl, also known as JBAK, use urban spaces as their canvases.

In June, JBAK will undertake their largest scale project so far: the facade of a socialist-style housing complex on Landsberger Allee in Lichtenberg. The wall is the size of a basketball court.

Bullough says the project touches home for him because his wife grew up in Marzahn, which is in district next to Lichtenberg.

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8:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

NPR Specials: Do Millennials Stand A Chance?

This week's NPR Special will focus on the future of the millennial generation.
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In an age when millennials are growing up with revolutionary technology and entering adulthood in a time of recession, many believe the emerging generation doesn’t stand a chance.

They argue that millennials are uniquely coddled, narcissistic, and lazy. Or have we let conventional wisdom blind us to their openness to change and innovation, and optimism in the face of uncertainty?

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3:35 am
Tue April 15, 2014

At 92, Holocaust Survivor Margot Friedlander Is On A Mission To Share Her Story

In her memoir, "Try To Make Your Life," Margot Friendlander details her experiences hiding from the Nazis in wartime Berlin and her time spent in Theresienstadt.
Sven Stromann-Brauer

"Try to make your life."

These were the last words Margot Friedlander ever heard from her mother.

They were relayed to her secondhand from a neighbor after Friedlander's mother was taken away to Auschwitz during WWII.

The phrase is also the title of her memoir that's just been published in a newly translated English version, Try To Make Your Life: A Jewish Girl Hiding In Nazi Berlin.

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5:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

NPR Special: How Technology Protects Rights Of The Poor

Dr. Moira Gunn is the host Tech Nation and BioTech Nation.
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How is technology both protecting and enabling the rights of the poor?

Host of Tech Nation Dr. Moira Gunn explores this question with NYU economics professor William Easterly during this week’s NPR Special.

Gunn also speaks with Dr. Jay Tung of the Myelin Repair Foundation, which is looking to reverse Multiple Sclerosis by stopping or slowing damage to the brain’s myelin sheath, which protects neurons in the brain.

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1:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Ai WeiWei's 'Evidence' Exhibit Opens At Martin-Gropius-Bau In Berlin

Han Dynasty Vases are covered in automobile paint at Ai Weiwei -Evidence at the Martin-Gropius-Bau.
Monika Mueller-Kroll NPR Berlin

His art may have traveled to Berlin, but Ai Weiwei, China's most prominent contemporary artist, is still restricted from leaving his country.

For the opening of his largest solo exhibition to date, on display at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, Ai Weiwei appeared at the opening by video, saying, "I may have a chance to come to the show. I hope that can be possible."

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