Episode 24: A Shot In The Arm -- Should immigrants living in Germany fly home for their COVID-19 vaccine? Common Ground
Episode 23: Agree to disagree? The U.S. and German do-si-do on China Common Ground
Episode 22: Wir Schaffen Das -- Except in the Bundestag? Common Ground
Episode 21: Time to reboot - Germany’s rocky road to the digital age Common Ground
Episode 20: No roof over our heads -- A look at Germany’s growing housing shortage Common Ground
Episode 19: Climate Change -- A Reality Check Common Ground
Episode 18: Fighting Fake News - Is it censorship or necessary to preserve democracy? Common Ground
Episode 17: Rollout Roulette - When will we get our COVID-19 shots? Common Ground
Episode 16: “Lockdown Leiden” - Are Germany’s virtual schools during the pandemic failing? Common Ground
Episode 15: Can German automakers survive Tesla? Common Ground
Episode 10: Is Germany ready for the new, transatlantic realities? Common Ground
Podcast 9: Becoming German - Should religion count? Common Ground
The Common Ground website and podcast are the online successors of KCRW Berlin 104.1 FM, the German-American station in Berlin partnered with National Public Radio and KCRW in Los Angeles. KCRW Berlin went off air in December 2020 when coronavirus-related shortfalls caused KCRW-LA and NPR to conclude the partnership.
Following an outpouring of support from listeners, we decided to continue the tradition of American public radio in Berlin online. The Common Ground website and podcast’s mission is to promote transatlantic dialogue and exchange and serve as a key German-American voice. This will be a digital space for open exchange and vital discussions for the English-speaking community in Berlin and beyond and our partner organizations will help broaden our reach. We welcome your suggestions!
Common Ground is part of KCRW Berlin gGmbH, a nonprofit organization under German law and led by co-board chairs Karen Roth and Dr. Anna Kuchenbecker. Our work is funded solely by grants and donations, including from our benefactors Karen Roth, Noerr LLP, the European Recovery Fund administered by the German Federal Ministry of Economics as well as listener donations.
The history of American public radio in Berlin goes back to the English-language, American Armed Forces Network Berlin of August 4, 1945 and the beginning of the broadcast of German-language programs by RIAS (Radio in the American Sector) in 1946. Featuring American pop, rock and classical music, AFN was for many years the most popular radio station in Berlin. RIAS was an important voice for freedom for West Berlin and East Berlin and large parts of the GDR during the Cold War. Both stations ceased their work after the reunification of Berlin in 1990. In 2006 NPR in Washington DC resumed the German capital’s English-language radio tradition and continued it for 11 years. However, under increasing financial pressure, NPR decided to discontinue the Berlin-based broadcast. Key members of “Friends of NPR Berlin” successfully competed for the former NPR Berlin frequency 104.1 FM, and in October 2017, KCRW Berlin was co-founded by Karen M. Roth, John Kornblum and Marie Warburg, building on the special status of the formerly divided city, which still resonates in the Berlin radio landscape to this day. The station stopped airing its programming on Dec. 13, 2020.