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Discover what’s going on in Germany’s vibrant capital, Berlin. In just three minutes, listen to Life in Berlin for a quick audio story about one exclusive topic: Arts, society, culture, news, music, politics. Hear it all. A union of Berlin voices curated by Berlin journalists.
 
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This week, German superstar actors like Heike Makatsch, Jan Joseph Liefers, Ulrike Folkerts and 50 of their colleagues published videos mocking the current Covid regulations passed by Angela Merkel’s government. The applause from the far-right party AFD and supporters of fascist hateful movements like Querdenker was prompt and boisterous.…
 
This week, the Tanzanian president Dr. Magufuli Pombe, a major Covid-19 skeptic died. As someone who grew up in Kenya, I feel a special connection to Tanzania. My reflections of a man celebrated by many and despised by not so few.Also included are my thoughts on the disastrous performance of Angela Merkel’s CDU party in the elections in Baden-württ…
 
2020 is finally coming to an end and I could not be more relieved. Yesterday, more than 1000 people lost their lives here in Germany because of Covid-19. To call 2020 tragic would be a huge understatement. Despite this, 2020 has taught me a few lessons that I would like to share.The Foreigner's Journal による
 
At the beginning of the year, Germany was hailed as a model of how to contain the corona virus. Watching the current number of infections and deaths from corona virus in Germany, that glorious past seems like a bad joke.The Foreigner's Journal による
 
Every country has its own peculiar habits or things that are so commonly done there that no one pauses to wonder about them. For foreigners, this can sometimes be very baffling if not downright hilarious. In this episode, we talk of the peculiar German things or habits or if you like way of life.The Foreigner's Journal による
 
Today is the 3rd of October 2020 and it’s a national holiday in Germany. On the 3rd of October 1990, two independent countries East Germany and West Germany reunified to form the current Federal state of Germany. 30 years later, what are the differences?The Foreigner's Journal による
 
To call this year a disaster would for many people be a huge understatement. 2020 has been rough. No, it has been a catastrophe. I tried to record a podcast about it but could barely string two words together so I invited my 10 year old son to share his thoughts on the current happenings.The Foreigner's Journal による
 
It has been 4 weeks since Germany was put in a lockdown because of the highly contagious COVID-19. Schools, business and everything that's not considered essential has been closed. A group of experts suggest that it is about time to ease the lockdown. What are their suggestions?The Foreigner's Journal による
 
Trevor Noah celebrated the French team winning the football World Cup as an African win. Shortly after, he received a protest letter from the French ambassador to the United States expressing his displeasure.The Foreigner's Journal による
 
For those who are thinking of moving to Germany, it might help to know what to expect. In this episode, I talk about some of the biggest challenges someone who was not born in Germany is likely to experience when they move to Germany.The Foreigner's Journal による
 
The fact is, Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world. What is also true is that it is an extremely challenging destination for non- German speaking foreigners. The main reason for this is, with the exception of the IT sector, it can be very difficult to get a well-paying job in most sectors in Germany if you are not fluent in German. The…
 
I was not born in Germany and neither did I attend school in Germany. My first interaction with the German education system was at the university level. The German education system especially the elementary, mid-school and high school levels remain a big mystery to me. This is partly because every federal state has a different educational system. W…
 
When I first visited Germany for the first time more than fifteen years ago, I got the impression that everyone spoke English: My partner’s family, friends and acquaintances all spoke English. Even though some were not fluent, all of them could express themselves fairly well in English. During that visit, we did a small tour of Germany starting fro…
 
How to get a job in Germany when your German isn't perfect is something many people or rather foreigners wonder about when they move to Germany or plan to move to Germany. And it’s completely understandable. There are not too many countries or places around the world where German is spoken. In fact, almost all the 230 million speakers of the German…
 
An orange crochet bucket hat bobs through the crowd. Calls of “Hey Jimmy!” follow him. He pauses to bump fists and shake hands. A drum is slung over his shoulder as he strolls through across the sandy beach at the Young African Art Market. His easy smile and demeanor are as cool as the March evening air.…
 
"So I haven't seen her since the hospital, because I was away. So now I am back and I am very excited to see the baby today." Elisabeth Waller volunteers with the Auntie Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women; an American initiative in cooperation with the Malteser Hilfsdienst. We are on our way to visit Maryam, her husband Javad and their newborn baby E…
 
Khatol Sediq from the NGO Malteser Hilfsdienst sees integration as a two-way street. She believes that people from different cultures can understand each other and also respect their differences. She says it's great to get to know other cultures and to share your own culture and values.Monika Müller-Kroll による
 
Dr. Bettina Gaber is pretty busy this Monday afternoon. Every chair in the waiting room of her practice for gynecology and obstetrics is taken. Still, Dr. Gaber takes her time with a young woman from Afghanistan. She wants to remain anonymous - we'll call her Malia. Malia is expecting her third child.…
 
Whether you want to call it "Berlin Valley" or "Silicon Allee" Berlin is a hotspot for startups. While the city tries to emulate Silicon Valley, some people worry about it copying one of the Valley's most objectionable characteristics — a lack of gender diversity.Oluwakemi Aladesuyi による
 
Timothy Pink is a kindly British pie man. His family has been selling pies in the UK since 1880, but recently Timothy has relocated to Berlin in an attempt to enter a more international market. He wears a grey argyle sweater, black apron, and beaming smile. We caught up with Timothy one Saturday afternoon at the Markthalle Neun, where he attempts t…
 
In one room stand a pair of colossal feet and legs, as though a giant has burst through the ceiling of the building and is standing in the sky above. In another room, there’s a huge hardcore pornographic fresco created not with a paintbrush, but with spray paint. Another room is a dizzying geometric swirl of patterns created using colored tape.…
 
Hana Eckermann: Bierlieb in Berlin - Friedrichshain announced a Parasite Produktions beer tasting and we are eager to find out what is the story behind this unusual project. Richie Hodges: We're also in a scene in Berlin right now that although is growing and budding and doing wonderful craft beer, has maybe become a little bit stagnant in the last…
 
In Turkey’s recent referendum, 51% of voters were in favor of expanding Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidential powers. The narrow margin of victory, combined with repressive tactics by Turkey’s ruling AK party prior to the election, led to two broad implications. First, Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party, has called for the …
 
British artist and writer James Bridle is — like many of us — trying to make sense of the overlap between digital technology and lived experience. His previous projects have tackled drones and their hidden targets and clouds and the weather. His latest show at Berlin’s NOME Gallery handles the phenomenon of self-driving cars.…
 
A couple thousand pro-European Union demonstrators peacefully gathered at Gendarmenmarkt on Sunday afternoon for speeches, music, and in this instance, rallying around the general theme of France, ahead of that country's election. Various speakers, from Hungary, France, Britain, Germany, and more, took the mic to expound on the importance of unity …
 
"Ich bin 66 Jahre alt, ich bin Urberliner und Stammwähler der SPD." This is Rene Kall, 66 years old, born and bred in Berlin, a loyal SPD voter. Kall is a regular at the "Fritz & Friends" Stammtisch - an informal get together - in Neukölln, hosted by Social Democrat Fritz Felgentreu, member of the German Bundestag. Every other month, Felgentreu inv…
 
In east Berlin, a few blocks away from the former headquarters of the East German secret police, nestled in between warehouses and a holding yard for Deutsche Bahn trains, there is a house of rock. The Berliner Rockhaus one of the largest practice spaces for musicians in the city. About 1,000 musicians rent 190 rooms in the building in Lichtenberg.…
 
Spurred by the US election of Donald Trump, 29-year-old Berlin-based journalist Mareike Nieberding founded DEMO. It's a new movement to promote political participation and dialogue among voters under 30. We caught up in a Kreuzberg cafe to discuss her decision to form DEMO, and the positive response it quickly received, a surprise even to herself.…
 
"If I sing (sings C major scale), you would probably be able to relate yourself to a scale that moves in a major scale of C major, or which ever scale that I am in." This is Ramesh Vinakayam. He is in Berlin from Chennai, India to participate in the annual Maerzmusik festival.Lily Kelting による
 
A dilapidated, two-story clapboard house saved from demolition in Detroit might seem like an out-of-place addition to a backyard in Berlin-Wedding. But for American artist Ryan Mendoza, importing this little white house from the Midwest to his property in Germany was the only solution to save this piece of Civil Rights hero Rosa Parks' legacy.…
 
Last Friday, Chancellor Merkel and President Trump had their first face-to-face meeting at the White House in Washington D.C. I talked with Martin Klingst, Senior Political Correspondent for Die Zeit about their meeting and current German U.S. relations.Monika Müller-Kroll による
 
Working as a reporter espicially for women is not an easy job. There are many challenges that you face. Yana Pareigis is working as a DW TV news reporter, she says that working as a reporter is hard as sometimes people might not take you as serious as they would take a male reporter. So have to wrok really hard to make sure that you are respected.…
 
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