Berlin Journal: November 2011

This fall's Berlin Journal takes a closer look at the history Berlin's Wannsee suburb and the Max-Liebermann Villa. i i

This fall's Berlin Journal takes a closer look at the history Berlin's Wannsee suburb and the Max-Liebermann Villa. Jeff Rosenberg for NPR Berlin hide caption

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This fall's Berlin Journal takes a closer look at the history Berlin's Wannsee suburb and the Max-Liebermann Villa.

This fall's Berlin Journal takes a closer look at the history Berlin's Wannsee suburb and the Max-Liebermann Villa.

Jeff Rosenberg for NPR Berlin

On this episode of the Berlin Journal, Tom Sleigh, Anna Maria Kellen fellow at the American Academy, reads from his work and discusses the pros and cons of reading poems aloud.

Writer and Academy fellow Adam Haslett speaks with American writer, Tara Bray Smith, about his 2010 novel, Union Atlantic, and the flaws of the American financial system.

Producer Jeff Rosenberg looks back at the history of Berlin's lakeside suburb of Wannsee and two of its top tourist attractions.

Finishing out the hour, documentary filmmaker James Der Derian talks about the local controversy over the naming of Ronald Reagan Platz, the square in front of the Brandenburg Gate where former US President Ronald Reagan made his famous speech, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall."

James Der Derian is Professor of Research at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He was a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

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