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Studio Berlin, broadcast Nov. 4, 2020: How connected are Germans really 30 years after reunification? (Rebroadcast)

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." But the process of growing together brought trials and tribulations that sowed animosity between East and West Germans. What does German unity look like today?

todayNovember 4, 2020

Studio Berlin

Studio Berlin, broadcast August 26, 2020: Should the word ‘Rasse’ (or ‘race’) be removed from Germany’s constitution? (Rebroadcast)

This week we revisit a controversial discussion that started earlier in the summer. Amid nationwide and international protests against racism, Germany's Green Party proposed to change Article 3 of the nation's Basic Law by removing "Rasse" - in English, "race" - from the text. (This show originally aired on July 15.)

todayAugust 26, 2020

Studio Berlin

Studio Berlin, broadcast August 19, 2020: Debating Berlin’s new anti-discrimination law (Rebroadcast)

Back in June, Berlin passed a hotly debated anti-discrimination law. It is the first of its kind in Germany and allows victims to pursue legal remedies against state officials — including police — for discrimination related to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and more. But is the new law the panacea its proponents claim or is it villainizing the police as the law's critics contend?

todayAugust 19, 2020

Studio Berlin

Studio Berlin, broadcast June 10, 2020: Will the worldwide, ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests open a new dialogue on racism in Germany and Europe?

Host Sumi Somaskanda delves into modern-day discrimination in Germany and its history of racial injustice with Malcolm Ohanwe, journalist for German public broadcaster BR; Larry Olomofe, executive director of PADLINK; Joshua Kwesi Aikins, a political scientist with Afrozensus, and Peggy Piesche, a literary and cultural studies scholar.

todayJune 10, 2020

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