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Life In Berlin: Exploring Indie Games At A Maze Berlin Festival

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. A Maze presents a broad spectrum of games from across Europe, such as two people using a single smart...
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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.

 

This spring Friends of NPR Berlin partnered with the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) to help run Funky Berlin,” a radio production and storytelling course.

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Join America Abroad, NPR Berlin, and WHYY for a unique opportunity for international dialogue. Berliners will connect with the people of Philadelphia to discuss how Europe and the U.S. are dealing with violent extremism, especially in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Share your thoughts on important issues like the threat of terrorist attacks or the isolation of immigrant communities, and hear what both Germans and Americans have to say about how Europe and the U.S. are approaching these same issues. 

4 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

Apr 30, 2015
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Friday, May 1

MyFest 2015

The Kreuzberg street festival on Labor Day has become a Berlin institution since its first instance in 2003. On 1 May of each year, local residents hold a colorful spring festival around the Kottbusser Tor, Heinrichplatz and Oranienstraße with a diverse program of music and stage performances as well as all sorts of culinary attractions. The festival begins at 14.00.

Friday, May 1 - Tuesday, May 5

Männlich Weiß Hetero: A Festival About Privilege

Life In Berlin: Record Store Day

Apr 28, 2015
Lauren Napier

Record Store Day, an annual music collectors’ treasure hunt, challenges adventurous fans in Berlin with a specter of possible long lines and high prices. Some of the hot commodities this year included a new 7” release from The Dwarves and a 7” bootleg-style, hand numbered record from Mumford & Sons.

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.

After years of arguments over how its Google News service handles content in Europe, Google is offering both money and cooperation to large publishers in several EU countries. Acknowledging past mistakes, a Google executive says, "We are a teenage 'tech' company after all!"

Verena Bruening

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. Ali Maiga Nouhou is one of them:

"Cucula is to speak together, to work together, to eat together."

Ali hammers a few nails into an almost finished chair.

"To build a chair is very important to me."

NPR Specials: Climate One - Fuel Forward

Apr 27, 2015
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This week on NPR Specials, Climate One engages the future of fossil fuels in the United States, and discusses possible alternatives. For now, low gas prices are boosting sales of SUVs and trucks, which compounds America’s emission of greenhouse gasses, a third of which is attributed to transportation. That’s bad news for the climate.

Dmitri Haller

When a friend of his suggested volunteering at the NPR Berlin Easter Egg Hunt, Theo Sands happily agreed - little knowing what he was getting in to! Upon arriving at the appointed meeting point, Theo was recruited on the spot as the Easter Bunny…and not just that, but as event Emcee, Greeter, Games Master and a sought-after Photo Opportunity for fans both young and old. Needless to say, Theo demonstrated the qualities NPR Berlin has come to cherish in all its volunteers - enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility and versatility - and the list certainly doesn’t stop there!

Life In Berlin: Maren Demant

Apr 23, 2015
Maren Demant

  

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 diversity of Berlin on one of the city’s more well known streets.

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NPR Specials: Climate One - Fuel Forward

This week on NPR Specials, Climate One engages the future of fossil fuels in the United States, and discusses possible alternatives. For now, low gas prices are boosting sales of SUVs and trucks, which compounds America’s emission of greenhouse gasses, a third of which is attributed to transportation. That’s bad news for the climate. Fortunately, there are many big ideas for how to create a healthy economy and healthy communities. One idea is to put a price on carbon. Everyone from oil...
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