Episode 38: Mildred Harnack: Resistance leader or obedient wife? Common Ground
Episode 37: “None of the Above?” It’s a horse race to determine who will succeed Angela Merkel Common Ground
Episode 35: Is the Party Over? How COVID-19 has changed Berlin’s iconic nightlife Common Ground
Episode 33: Federalism Fail? How COVID-19 exposed “German inefficiency.” Common Ground
Episode 32: Best Friends again? A transatlantic update Common Ground
Episode 31: Summer’s here! But are travel and tourism? Common Ground
Episode 29: Afghanistan 2.0: What happens to Civil Society and Afghan women after NATO forces leave? (Part One) Common Ground
Episode 28: Voting while young -- What role will Germans between the ages of 18 and 35 play in choosing the next chancellor? Common Ground
Episode 27: Why don’t women feel safe? Outrage in Europe and beyond after the murder of Sarah Everard in London Common Ground
Episode 26: No Roof over our Heads, Part II: The Mietendeckel is no more, so what happens to affordable housing in Germany? Common Ground
Episode 36: Vexed Over Vaccinations -- Who should be getting inoculated against COVID-19 and how often? Common Ground
Episode 34: Cycling in Berlin -- A bonanza or a bust? Common Ground
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