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NPR FM Berlin began broadcasting in Berlin on April 1, 2006. We offer the newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered, plus Fresh Air and The Diane Rehm Show. 104,1 also airs the series Life in Berlin, local features exploring the city's vibrant arts and culture scene, as well as interviews produced in cooperation with local organizations.
 
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Right in the middle of the bustling heart of Kreuzberg, a group of political stunt activists have set up their office in a loft-like, industrial brick building. They call themselves Peng! Collective, and just as playful as their name sounds, are the actions they take. Jean Peters is one of the founders of the group with the mission to change the ar…
 
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."These words from Shakespeare's Hamlet open "All Of A Sudden" by Asli Özge, a Turkish filmmaker based in Berlin. Özge's film premiered at Berlinale's Panorama section."If you look generally in the world of politicians, the most antipathetic ones are the ones who have much power," the fi…
 
"Stories don’t just tell themselves. Legacies don’t just get passed on. History isn’t preserved unless you take action, and do something with it."Director Aaron Brookner is talking about his uncle, Howard. After filmmaker Howard Brookner died of AIDS in 1989, his body of work was in danger of being lost. His nephew, Aaron Brookner, decided to prese…
 
"I am Gina Abatemarco, and I am the director and producer of 'Kivalina.' It's a film about a culture that is going through extraordinary change.""It gets really eerie at night. All you can hear is the angry wind and the angry waves. They are really angry with us," utters one of Abatemarco's protagonists, an elderly woman from the small Alaskan isla…
 
“Putting yourself at risk makes you curious and makes you actually feel young,” says Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, who is backstage at the Berlinale Talents.We talk about how he tries to stay fresh as a filmmaker and the theme of family in his latest semi-autobiographical film, "The Commune."NPR Berlin
 
The sound of the Mediterranean is captured by filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi. His documentary, "Fire At Sea," is set on the Sicilian Island of Lampedusa, which has become a symbol for migrant tragedies. Rosi's unusual portrayal of the island runs in this year's Berlinale competition.NPR Berlin
 
“I guess it's possible, still, to live off 1,000 Euro a month in Berlin – if you have cheap rent.”I'm talking about money with Berliner Michael Bohmeyer, a young entrepreneur who launched the campaign, "Mein Grundeinkommen" (My Basic Income), in the summer of 2014. "Three weeks later, the first 12,000 Euro were financed."…
 
When I got to Berlin, I was excited to start my study abroad journey. I had expected that Berlin would run mostly on cash instead of credit. I expected to be a bit frazzled by the language difference, but after a couple of weeks of visiting my local grocery store, I noticed that dogs were always sitting outside, waiting for their owners.…
 
"Jazz singing is about telling a story through the song and through the words, and so to me, the sadder the story, the better it is, because I like darkness of what life has to offer sometimes," says Bettina Pohle.Originally from Berlin, Bettina is a mother as well as a German and literature teacher by day, but a professional jazz singer by night. …
 
It takes some power to operate the bellows of an old pump organ, but these kids manage just fine. They are from Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Syria. On this afternoon, they are visiting Berlin's Musical Instrument Museum.NPR Berlin
 
The Berlin DJ known as T.Raumschmiere made his name with some of the dirtiest, deepest, “growliest,” hard-partying techno tracks of the Aughts, but late last year, that hard-partying, roof-blasting DJ, whose real name is Marco Haas, came out with a low-key, chilled out, ambient album.NPR Berlin
 
We’ve been following the story of a Syrian we’ll call Rami, who is seeking asylum in Germany. Before he can make his case for permanent residency, he needs to get a temporary permit…a process that has led him to wait outside the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees twice without any luck. Recently, reporter Daniel Guillemette caught up with hi…
 
This summer, two cousins we’re calling Rami and Majd, arrived from Syria as refugees. They recently received their first bit of government funding - about 320 euros each to cover their living expenses for two months. Reporter Daniel Guillemette caught up with them when they traveled to Neukölln for their first major purchase.…
 
A new book out by a Berlin author reveals the history behind how loops changed music. Though books have been written about the foundations of electronic music, this is the first to focus solely on loops. What’s surprising is that the history of this elemental structure has been so long overlooked.NPR Berlin
 
Hllywd sits in his home studio in Wedding; the laptop, DJ tables, keyboard, and notebook all have their place in this unique teal room. Clothes hang from the walls of his studio - all created under the artistic design of "Hllywd" for his past performances. This space is characteristic of Hllywd’s life and his inescapable relationship with music.…
 
Food and Art can change the world, believes Taina Guedes. She runs Entretempo Kitchen Gallery. This June, in an effort to reach beyond her gallery, Guedes launched Berlin Food Art Week. It takes place at 30 locations throughout the city.NPR Berlin
 
Although the Berlin Wall had fallen in November of '89, the official demolition of the border fortifications started 7 months later at the corner of Bernauer Strasse and Ackerstrasse. Thousands of people attended this historic event 25 years ago. Rainer Just was among them taking photos.NPR Berlin
 
The Dwarves, from San Francisco, formed in the mid- 80s and have built a career upon shock value. They were banned from CBGBs, the iconic New York punk club, dropped from Sub Pop records and are guilty of committing a laundry list of violent and lewd acts while onstage.But even after nearly three decades, the band doesn’t seem to be slowing down at…
 
If you’ve ever been to a tourist pub in Berlin, you’ve probably seen someone drink a Berliner Weisse, a beer so insipid that it’s mixed with a fruit syrup in bright pink or toxic green just to make it drinkable. There’s no way this traditional Berlin beer could ever compete with the great brews of Bavaria, Bohemia or Belgium.Until now, that is.…
 
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.NPR Berlin
 
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 o…
 
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, sk…
 
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 …
 
Record Store Day, an annual music collectors’ treasure hunt, challenges adventurous fans in Berlin with a specter of possible long lines and high prices. With all the specialized attention that Record Store Day receives, there is a debate about whether it hinders or cultivates a love for vinyl and the independent record store.…
 
The smell of saw dust fills the air. Pine wood boards lean against one wall of the workshop, stacks of chairs line another.It's the work space of Cucula in a former factory along the river Spree. Cucula Refugees Crafts and Design company is a pilot project based in Berlin. The idea: to empower five refugees from West Africa through furniture making…
 
On Oranienstrasse, in the heart of Kreuzberg, photographer Maren Demant waits, ready, camera in hand to capture the faces of pedestrians who pass by. When an individual catches the young photographer’s attention, she asks to take their photo. This is part of one of her ongoing projects: Oranienstrasse. It’s a body of work that depicts the cultural …
 
Authors from Israel and Germany write about each others countries in a new book. Wir Vergessen Nicht, Wir Gehen Tanzen , or "We don't forget, we go dancing," is an anthology by writers mainly in their 30s and 40s.The idea for this book came to author Norbert Kron in 2008, when German and Israeli writers played a soccer match in Tel Aviv.…
 
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