Sadiq in Berlin
Just like Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Gertrude Stein holed up in postwar Paris, Berlin has become the place to be for creative internationals in the years since the Wall fell. Sadiq Bey is a poet and musician from Detroit who moved to Berlin when he was 53 years old.
Techno, raves, cabaret, punk, poetry, erotica ... it's all happening in Berlin. We sent cultural correspondent Fiona Chutney to sample some of the city's famed nightlife. (Chutney is a character of the writer and performer Iris Bahr.)
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
The reigning queen of bluegrass teams up with the 1960s rock legend for an album of cover songs called Raising Sand. Krauss and Plant tell Kurt about their unlikely collaboration.
What is Stephen Harper Reading?
Yann Martel is the author of the bestselling novel Life of Pi. Stephen Harper is the Prime Minister of Canada. For the last six months, Martel has been sending works of literature to Harper, one every two weeks. Kurt called Martel to ask him about it.
Her district, Teltow-Flaeming, is home to 165,00 people including about 2,500 refugees and asylum-seekers. The area has been recognized by the American NGO Cultural Vistas for its success in integrating newcomers. Yet, some people here are uneasy with their new neighbors. They say migrants bring crime and have harassed women on the street.
Nov. 9, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Those who tried to escape East Germany for the freedoms of the West used all sorts of methods — some swam, some biked, some tunneled — and many were caught and jailed. But, now, 30 years later, they say they don't regret their efforts.