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During KCRW Berlin’s last week on air, we're sharing the story behind the story. Listen to the second of a special, two-part episode reflecting on the history of the station and commemorating more than 60 episodes of Studio Berlin. Host Sylvia
During KCRW Berlin’s last week on air, we share with you the story behind the story in a special, two-part episode with Common Ground.Host Sylvia Cunningham is joined by KCRW Berlin’s Program Director and Common Ground host Soraya Sarhaddi Nels
As the year soon comes to an end, we're highlighting some of the big news stories from 2020. This episode on President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw 9,500 U.S. troops from Germany originally aired on July 8, 2020.Host Sumi Somaskanda talks wi
This November, we're highlighting some of the big news stories from 2020. In this Studio Berlin episode, we look back at our discussion on Germany's abortion law. Host Sylvia Cunningham talks with Kate Cahoon from the pro abortion rights group,
This November, we're highlighting some of the big news stories from 2020. In this Studio Berlin episode we revisit our discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement.Host Sumi Somaskanda delves into modern-day discrimination in Germany and its h
Angela Merkel is the second-longest serving chancellor in modern German history. Recent polls show that German confidence in her is high, but the chancellor has made it clear she will not seek a fifth term in next year's election. What were Mer
Nov. 9 marks 31 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.  East and West Germany were officially reunited the following October, which the late Chancellor Helmut Kohl called a “dream come true." For East Germans in particular, the end of four de
Mismanagement, corruption charges, dubious design plans and a series of technical mishaps led to delay after delay since the first scheduled opening of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) in 2011. So ahead of the much-beleaguered airport's off
As novel coronavirus cases skyrocket across Germany and Europe, we talk about what we've learned since the start of the pandemic. How can we best stop its spread, what are the new treatments and is a lockdown imminent or even wise?Host Sylvia C
This week we measure the political climate in the U.S. in the lead up to the presidential election. With less than three weeks to go, what’s going on in the nation's capital? And what special role does the southern state of Georgia? We also exp
Do children in Germany deserve more of a say? Should the voting age here be dropped to 14? These ideas are being discussed in Germany as criticism mounts over the way society treats its younger members.A recent survey by the children’s charity,
This week we revisit our discussion on universal basic income. The debate over UBI is not a new one, but it has gotten more attention in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis. A new long-term study on how society would change if people were to
Studio Berlin, broadcast Sept. 23, 2020: Can Europe reform its asylum and migration policies?Two weeks after a fire destroyed the overcrowded refugee camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, asylum policy is high on the EU Commission's agenda.
On Oct. 3, 1990, less than a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, East and West Germany were reunited. Late Chancellor Helmut Kohl called it a "dream come true" after more than 40 years of division. For East Germans in particular, reunificat
Cases of COVID-19 are rising and despite warnings from Berlin to remain alert, a growing number of Germans are pushing back against hygiene and social distancing rules even as their neighbors — the French — embrace those measures to try and avo
The debate over unconditional basic income is not a new one, but it has gotten more attention in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis. A new long-term study on how society would change if people were to receive a basic income is underway in G
This show originally aired on July 15.This week we revisit a controversial discussion that started earlier in the summer. Amid nationwide and international protests against racism, Germany's Green Party proposed to change Article 3 of the natio
This show originally aired on June 17, 2020.Back in June, Berlin passed a hotly debated anti-discrimination law. It is the first of its kind in Germany and allows victims to pursue legal remedies against state officials — including police — for
Berlin schools reopened this week amid fears of a second COVID-19 wave, with about 370,000 students returning to the classroom. What measures are in place to minimize the risk of coronavirus outbreaks, and how are students, teachers and parents
With the COVID-19 health crisis still at the top of Germany's agenda, have climate change policies fallen to the wayside? Or has the pandemic provided a test run in crisis management?Host Sylvia Cunningham discusses these questions with Clara M
German authorities are investigating a series of death threats sent via email to politicians and other prominent figures.The threats were signed with the name NSU 2.0, a reference to a neo-Nazi terrorist group. Investigators found that some of
Berlin lifted more pandemic restrictions this week, but the city's clubs remain closed for the foreseeable future. What does that mean for Berlin's iconic clubbing culture and the city's reputation? Host Sumi Somaskanda talks with Lutz Leichsen
In the wake of nationwide and international protests against racism, Germany’s Green Party wants to change Article 3 of the nation’s Basic Law by removing “Rasse” – in English, “race” – from the text. The conversation is not new, but controvers
President Trump’s announcement of a drawdown of American forces from Germany caught German leaders, NATO, and the U.S. Congress by surprise. There’s a bipartisan effort to prevent the White House from following through. What are the chances the
More than 14 million people have downloaded Germany’s COVID-19 contact tracing app. Before its launch last month, the German government project came under fire over data security and privacy concerns. So does it work? What are users saying? And
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