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Studio Berlin is KCRW Berlin’s weekly show that brings together local journalists, lawmakers and experts to provide you with context and analysis around the issues shaping the news locally and nationally. Tune in every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on 104.1 FM.
Each week we’ll take a closer look at the events shaping our lives here in Germany’s capital. You’ll hear from a diverse group of hosts as we tackle the issues moving Berlin, Germany, Europe — and YOU.
Nov. 9 marks 31 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. East and West Germany were officially reunited the following October, which the late Chancellor Helmut Kohl called a “dream come true.” For East Germans in particular, the end of four decades of division meant access to new opportunity and freedoms, but the process of growing together brought trials and tribulations that sowed animosity between East and West Germans. Thirty years later, what does German unity look like?
Host Sumi Somaskanda discusses the ups and downs of Germany’s transformation with Anke Domscheit-Berg, parliamentarian for Die Linke (The Left Party), and historian Ned Richardson-Little from the University of Erfurt. We also hear from Ekkard Bäuerle, who moved from West to East Germany in the late 90s, and Valerie Schönian who was born after the fall of the Berlin Wall and is the author of the book, “Ostbewusstsein.”
This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll and Sumi Somaskanda. Voiceovers by Sylvia Cunningham and Caleb Larson.
Written by: Dina Elsayed