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Life In Berlin: Pulp

"It took us a long time to get here, and even now that we are all grown ups, we still get scared when we are going to play in Sheffield. Thanks for coming and being nice to us." That was Jarvis Cocker, frontman of the British band Pulp in December 2012. It's Pulp's farewell concert in their hometown of Sheffield. Florian Habicht is there to capture this special event. The New Zealand filmmaker, who was born in Berlin, has made the first feature documentary on Pulp. One of his favorite bands. ...
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There's a special atmosphere when 2,300 Jewish athletes from 36 countries enter Berlin's Waldbühne. For the first time, Europe's biggest Jewish sports event takes place in Berlin. 

German President Joachim Gauck officially opens the 14th European Maccabi Games. Gauck emphasizes the symbolic nature of the games being held at the Olympic Park. The site was built by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics, where Jewish athletes were excluded. The German president also addresses the reemergence of Jewish life in Germany:

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"It took us a long time to get here, and even now that we are all grown ups, we still get scared when we are going to play in Sheffield. Thanks for coming and being nice to us."

 

That was Jarvis Cocker, frontman of the British band Pulp in December 2012. It's Pulp's farewell concert in their hometown of Sheffield. Florian Habicht is there to capture this special event. The New Zealand filmmaker, who was born in Berlin, has made the first feature documentary on Pulp. One of his favorite bands.

 

3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

Jul 28, 2015
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A few things to keep in mind for the coming week:

Life In Berlin: Bitcoinkiez

Jul 28, 2015
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You may have heard of Bitcoin. It’s a decentralized digital currency, meaning there are no physical bills and coins. It’s also not regulated by any government or banks.

“Berlin is definitely one of the top 10 cities in the world when it comes to Bitcoin adoption.”

That’s Levin Keller, a board member of the Bundesverband Bitcoin and an enthusiastic supporter of the digital currency. He’ll be our guide as we explore the Bitcoinkiez, located in Kreuzberg.

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Christoph Tannert, artistic director of Künstlerhaus Bethanien, plays "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Xylophone bars mounted to a wall.

 

"This work is by Robert Lippok," he says.

 

Lippok built a custom instrument as an homage to a single Queen song.

 

"All of these artists are involved with music," says Tannert.

 

Life In Berlin: "Screw" Up Night

Jul 22, 2015
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The story of entrepreneurship is often one of failure. But we hardly ever hear about that when it comes to the glittering world of successful companies. It's a stigma in our society, even though we could learn from it.

 

"Because everybody or most people are talking about failure in a bad way, but our society has to learn that we need failure also in business and we have to accept the way that failure is a way to learn. If you accept that you failed, or others fail, it would be easier to handle it." 

 

3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

Jul 22, 2015
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A few things to keep in mind for the coming week:

For the eighth year, Berlin will host the International Street Theater Festival, Berlin lacht! Eighteen days, four stages, with a total of 150 artists, 10 hours a day and more than 600 shows! International Street Theater Festival is a unique event worldwide and it's happening right at Alexanderplatz from July 23rd to August 9th.

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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.
 

 The book, Schliefen. Zur Geschichte und Ästhetik des Loops or Loops, on the History and Aesthetic of Loops was published in June by Tilman Baumgärtel, a professor at Hochschole Mainz.

Two NPR Specials: Climate One And Intelligence Squared UK

Jul 21, 2015
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Life In Berlin: Gorka De Duo And Pataphysics

Jul 20, 2015
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Pataphysics is a branch of philosophy dealing with the absurd.  Though not spoken about in mainstream society, it has been followed and studied by many prominent artists including Duchamp, The Marx Brothers, and the Beatles.

Gorka de Duo also belongs in this group.

Gorka found Pataphysics through Alfred Jarry’s book, Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician: A Neo-Scientific Novel.

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NPR Specials

NPR Specials: Thomas Friedman On Acceleration At The American Academy In Berlin

This week on NPR Special is an encore segment of Thomas L. Friedman delivering the Stephen M. Kellen Lecture at the American Academy in Berlin. This NPR Special was originally broadcasted May of 2015. He spoke about his conviction that the world has become "really fast" and proposes the three biggest forces shaping the world today -- the market, Moore’s Law, and Mother Nature. The market via the expansion and speed of globalization and the rise in global debt levels; Moore’s Law via the...
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