This week we measure the political climate in the U.S. in the lead up to the presidential election. With less than three weeks to go, what’s going on in the nation's capital? We also explore how the next American president will shape politics on both sides of the Atlantic.
Do children in Germany deserve more of a say? Should the voting age here be dropped to 14? These ideas are being discussed in Germany and this week's Studio Berlin, as criticism mounts over the way society treats its younger members.
The debate over unconditional basic income is not a new one, but it has gotten more attention in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis. Find out more about the arguments for and against. (This show originally aired on Sept. 2.)
Two weeks after a fire destroyed the overcrowded refugee camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, asylum policy is high on the EU Commission's agenda. Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition agreed to take in 1,500 additional refugees from Greece. Host Sylvia Cunningham discusses the current situation on the Greek island of Lesbos and the German aid efforts.
On Oct. 3, 1990, less than a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, East and West Germany were reunited. For East Germans in particular, reunification 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?
In today's Wednesday 3 p.m. story 'German's Chocolate Cake," KCRW Berlin's Sylvia Cunningham looks into the history of the famous cake and discovers a man with a sweet secret.
Cases of COVID-19 are rising and despite warnings from Berlin to remain alert, a growing number of Germans are pushing back against hygiene and social distancing rules even as their neighbors — the French — embrace those measures to try and avoid another lockdown. Host Sumi Somaskanda explores the subject.