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Life In Berlin: Hans Bilger On Donau115

Mar 26, 2015
Courtesy of Donau115

Tucked away in Neukölln, Donau115 is as unassuming as it is charming.  Within 30 square meters, you’ll find both a bar and a performance space.  Donau115 is always packed in the evenings with a quiet and dedicated crowd anticipating a night of musical experimentation. Hans Bilger, an American jazz bassist, considers the venue a favorite spot in Berlin for jazz.

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Watch out Bordeaux, here come the wines of Berlin!

Daniel Mayer is taking his pruning shears to a thick tangle of vines. “We are here in the middle of Berlin in the vineyard and we’re just pruning at this time so we get a good wine in the harvest,” he says.

Anne Frank Zentrum / Swen Rudolph

"Can you imagine Berlin without Turks, without Arabs? What a sad place it would be. What would we eat?"

Esra Özyürek is a political anthropologist. She is in Berlin to talk about her book Being German, Becoming Muslim, a topic she got interested in when she was a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin 9 years ago.

Life In Berlin: Talking Techno With Marcel Fengler

Mar 19, 2015
Sven Marquardt

Marcel Fengler is a techno producer and DJ. Having been involved in Berlin's techno scene from very early on, Marcel has made quite the name for himself. He has been a resident DJ at the infamous club Berghain since its founding, and has releases on the Berghain-affiliated label Ostgut Ton. In 2011, he founded his own label, Index Marcel Fengler. When Marcel was passing through Washington DC for a performance at Flash Nightclub, he shared some thoughts about techno, music, and creativity.

Life In Berlin: Wildlife In Berlin's Urban Jungle

Mar 18, 2015
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

At a small cemetery in Mitte, the mausoleums are still pockmarked with bullet holes from World War II. All around are noisy streets and construction sites.

Rainer Altenkamp, a local ornithologist, has come to the cemetery to check on a pair of hawks. “By the way, we are hearing now a goshawk calling, sitting just in the tree 20 or 30 meters from us,” Altenkamp says. “And he’s calling his wife, maybe, or he has seen an intruder.”