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July 16, 2012 American novelist David Foster Wallace has been posthumously resurrected in Berlin's former walled-off West. Some 200 theatregoers were shuttled from the Steffi-Graf-Stadion on two double-decker buses throughout Berlin to watch performances of Wallace's most well-known novel, Infinite Jest.
July 3, 2012 It is hard not to notice that Berlin has been in a state of soccer "fuss ball"-frenzy. I have my own theory why Germany lost: Germany never had a good fuss ball song to begin with.
June 13, 2012 104,1's travel contributor, Tam Eastley, recently took a short, 60 kilometer trip south of Berlin to an enormous dome. There, she found palm trees, 26 Celsius heat, a rainforest, and sunbathers.
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June 8, 2012 Two works presented in Berlin last week explore different aspects of Jewish identity through art, music, and a whole lot of talking. Newest 104,1 contributor, Giulia Pines, offers her thoughts on the play "Schweigeminute" and Der Zerbrochene Klang.
May 30, 2012 Marek Claasson, one of Europe's foremost media entrepreneurs, recently gave a talk in Berlin on ArtFacts.net, an artist-run non-profit that fosters community-building and support for American creatives based in Berlin.
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May 1, 2012 Despite the seemingly constant comparisons, Berlin and New York share very few real similarities, according to contributor Miriam Widman. One such example: handicap access to public transportation.
April 19, 2012 There are few things young Berliners like better than abandoned buildings, and many are flocking to the deserted sanatorium in Beelitz, which houses the undisputed king of ghostowns, Teufelsberg, West Berlin's Cold War listening station.
March 6, 2012 "Music Fund," an initiative from Ictus Ensemble in Brussels and Oxfam, gives support to music schools and trains repair technicians of musical instruments in developing countries and conflict areas. Hundreds of instruments are collected in Europe each year and redistributed.
February 2, 2012 This year's Berlinale film festival will be featuring 18 international films that will compete for the Silver and Golden Bear Awards. The festival begins February 9th.
January 24, 2012 Does Berlin have a Silicon Valley in it's future? Thanks to backing from the Pirate Party, pressure is on the Senate to pass legislation resurrecting the plan for free WiFi within the Berliner Ringbahn as part of larger policy to support the digitization of the city.
January 10, 2012 Nora von Nordenskjöld recently opened NOVONO, a Berlin-based design firm. Her recent projects include restaurant redesigns, pop-up diners, and clothes boutiques.
December 22, 2011 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.
December 9, 2011 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.
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November 10, 2011 Kreuzberg's newly reopened Markthalle Neun is a commercial experiment in economic and social justice.
November 4, 2011 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.
October 17, 2011 This past Saturday, an estimated 10,000 protesters marched from Alexanderplatz to the Reichstag as part of the Occupy Wall Street protests that went global this weekend.
October 6, 2011 Former NPR Berlin intern Robert H. Smith recently spent 10 days in Frankfurt as part of the Xplore Frankfurt program for young journalists around the world.
September 16, 2011 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.
September 14, 2011 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.
September 9, 2011 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.
August 23, 2011 There's nothing British about Shakespeare Im Park Berlin. Goerlitzer Park is the stage for Henry IV, and the production moves in and around it, interacting and entertaining with strange characters afoot. It's a truly Berlin experience: unusual, interactive, bilingual, and absolutely amazing.
August 17, 2011 Thousands of scantily clad demonstrators took to the streets of Berlin this past weekend for "Slutwalk," a series of global protests criticizing the belittlement of rape and the treatment of victims of sexual violence.
August 12, 2011 German bread is not your usual breed of breads. 104,1's food writer, Molly Hannon, looks into how it's different from other bread, and why it's so good.
August 9, 2011 The International Berlin Beer Festival, which lines Karl Marx Allee, celebrated its 15th year this weekend with sunny weather and countless bottles of beer from over 80 countries.
July 28, 2011 104,1's Molly Hannon sat down with the owner of Weinstein's in Prenzlauer Berg to talk about the concepts behind his wine bar and its evolution during the last 18 years in Berlin.
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