Take a breather during the busiest shopping season of the year and you might notice one store that pops up everywhere. 104,1 contributor, Miriam Widman, began to wonder why there were so many H&M clothing stores in Berlin.
Berlin's newly appointed Interior Minister, Frank Henkel, recently called for a ban on the populist NPD party. A series of murders by an NPD ex-party functionary have increased the call to put an end the party.
Ulrich Klages, a Berlin-based artist, was selected in a recent competition to design a monument for this little-known rebel, Georg Elser. In November of 1939, Elser, a carpenter and loner, attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in a Munich beer hall.
The long awaited 178th annual Rixdorfer Strohballenrollen Competition, also known as "Popráci," took place this last weekend. 104,1's travel writer, Tam Eastley, visited the hay barrel rolling festival to take part in the action.
When the housing association Stadt und Land began refurbishments on a dilapidated apartment block in Marzahn in 2004, they managed to transform one flat into a walk-in time capsule of the GDR. Inside the "Museumwohnung," one snapshot of the past still remains.
104,1's Tam Eastley recently stumbled upon a strange little German Dorffestival: the annual Rixdorf Strohballenrolle, or Hay Barrel Rolling Festival. The streets were littered with hay, ska music, petting zoo goats, and breakdancing children. The festival is celebrating its 178th year Saturday, September 10th.
Strohballenrollen is a thrilling, edge-of-your seat competition, with a lot of history and humor thrown in the mix. Costumes from last year's competition included sheep, superheroes, and angels.
Tam Eastley for NPR Berlin