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Funky Berlin Summer 2015: Please Give Me Your Secrets

Never before had I been met with so many strange looks, averting eyes, and nervous smiles. Sitting on a curb at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, a small cardboard sign at my feet, I wasn’t asking anybody for money. I was asking for secrets. In this square where preteen girls wander with Primark shopping bags, where old men sell faux-fur Soviet winter hats even though it’s July, I sat like I was begging, I stood like I was advertising a car wash, with a sign that read: “Anonymously record a secret....
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Life In Berlin: Mr. Rudolpho's Jubilee

Photo: Tom Powel / Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Life In Berlin: Julie Mehretu

Emily Stern

Never before had I been met with so many strange looks, averting eyes, and nervous smiles. Sitting on a curb at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, a small cardboard sign at my feet, I wasn’t asking anybody for money. I was asking for secrets.  In this square where preteen girls wander with Primark shopping bags, where old men sell faux-fur Soviet winter hats even though it’s July, I sat like I was begging, I stood like I was advertising a car wash, with a sign that read: “Anonymously record a secret. Art project. Please help.”

Looking to escape the staggering costs of a university education in the United States? You are not alone. And German education officials say a growing number of Americans are heading to the land of beer and bratwurst to get one.

At last count, there were 4,300 Americans studying at German universities, with more than half pursuing degrees, says Ulrich Grothus, deputy secretary general of the German Academic Exchange Service.

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"What did you need?" Robyn Rosenkrantz asks on set. "See, one of the actors is asking for cookies, now food is the most important thing on set, right?

"It is," answers actor Stig Eldred. "I need my tummy full."

On the movie set of "Mr. Rudolpho's Jubilee," film producer Robyn Rosenkrantz personally takes care of the actors' needs. In this case: donuts.
 
"Let's let Stig choose because he is a star," continues Rosenkrantz. "He is playing Barry, head of the Boheem House."
 

Photo: Tom Powel / Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

American painter Julie Mehretu was born in Ethiopia. She grew up in Michigan and also spent some time in Zimbabwe as a teenager. Traveling is part of her life. Berlin has become one of Mehretu's regular stops since her fellowship at the American Academy in 2007.

"Somehow Berlin bends time to make it longer," says Mehretu,  "you can do more here."

Berlin's architecture, the amount of open space in the city, left an impression on her:
 

3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

Aug 25, 2015
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A few things to keep in mind this weekend:

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This week on NPR Specials: They are coming to an office near you: job-gobbling robots that can do your work better and more cheaply than you can. One in three jobs could be taken over by a computer or a robot in the next 20 years. Most at risk are less skilled workers such as machine operators, postmen, care workers and professional drivers. The CEO of Uber, the ride-sharing company, recently said that his goal is to replace all the firm’s drivers with autonomous cars.

Life In Berlin: Pop-Kultur 2015

Aug 21, 2015
Tim Dobrovolny / Pop-Kultur

From 2010 to 2014, Berlin Music Week was held as a celebration of unique music and the musicians behind them. This year, however, the festival has reinvented itself, and Kate Nic Dhomhnaill, one of the producers of Berlin Stories, met with the curators of the new festival.

Funky Berlin Summer 2015: Third Generation Jews In Germany

Aug 20, 2015
Emily Stern

My complex about being a Jew in Germany, about feeling at home here, having a German passport: Well, what other passport would I have? I’m German! It’s complicated. I’m German, I like it here, but it’s the country that murdered my whole family.

Those were the thoughts of a 31 year old German Jew, read by David Ranan, who collected stories from the German grandchildren of Holocaust survivors for his book, The Long Shadows of the Past.
 

3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

Aug 19, 2015
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A few things to keep in mind this weekend:

Matt Ellis / Lollapalooza Berlin

As organizers considered bringing the famed Lollapalooza music festival to Berlin, one big question loomed: “Is Berlin ready for the mainstream?” The spokesperson for Berlin’s Lollapalooza, Tommy Nick, said that question was answered quickly.

“It looks like Berlin needed this and they wanted this,” Nick said. “The buzz around Lollapalooza is kind of surprising even us on a daily basis.”
 

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3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

A few things to keep in mind this weekend: Explore Berlin’s museums after dark! On Saturday, August 29th, over 70 of Berlin’s museums will open their doors from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am. The museums offer a rich program of events. Alongside the permanent exhibitions, visitors can enjoy open-air cinema or a concert in a lounge chair with cocktail in hand; museum directors discuss their favorite exhibits and workshops offer glimpses into the secrets of drawing. Young or old, seasoned museum-goer or...
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