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Ferhat Yunus Topraklar


Amelia and Amanda are sisters. Amelia Umuhire is a filmmaker and the director of Polyglot. Amanda Mukasonga a.k.a. Babiche Papaya is a rapper, poet, and actress. They are fluent in German, English, French, and Kinyarwanda - Rwanda's principal language. They are polyglots.

In Amelia's words: "Every language has its own sphere. Those worlds, they just add up to each other, they don't take away the spaces."

Life In Berlin: The Textures And Materials Of Paula Doepfner

May 6, 2015
Courtesy of Paula Doepfner and Galerie Tanja Wagner

The gallery of the Goethe-Institut in Washington DC is having artwork installed. A shattered pane of glass mottled with splashes of paint pigment and dried flowers leans against one wall, and fine Japanese paper adorned with pressed plants and intricate pen-work hangs in the air. In the corner is a large, rectangular steel basin. This is the work of Paula Doepfner.

Lena Quist

Many of Berlin’s trendiest people can be found sitting in Mein Haus Am See, a coffee shop slash bar slash venue in Prenzlauer Berg, the home of Berlin Fashion Week. Lena Quist is bound to stand out in any crowd, even in Mein Haus Am See. She has bold blue hair and wears bright red lipstick. She walks with a signature flare – thanks to her black, sky high platforms.

Even at the age of fourteen, Lena Quist knew she stood out. 

This week on NPR Specials Thomas L. Friedman delivers the Stephen M. Kellen Lecture at the American Academy in Berlin. He spoke about his conviction that the world has become "really fast" and proposes the three biggest forces shaping the world today -- the market, Moore’s Law, and Mother Nature.

Monika Müller-Kroll



Once a year, game enthusiasts from all over the world flock to Berlin for International Games week. The indie game scene congregates at A Maze, Berlin's independent video game festival. They get together for workshops, gaming, and talks. A Maze is a bit more oddball than most game festivals, so it's no surprise that one particular talk tackles why there are so many hot dogs in video games.