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.
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.
When journalists flee their home countries, they lose their two most important tools: their native reporting language and their professional networks. Amal magazine, staffed by exiled journalists in Germany, is trying to change that.