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29 years after the Wall fell: Mark Reeder on his memories of a divided city

  Nov. 9, 1989 was a historical turning point. This week, we look back and forward, bringing you different perspectives on the 29th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. Mark Reeder describes his life like a ball in a pinball machine: "I kind of met one person and then it ricocheted onto another, and that's how I kind of made my career." Most of that career was made in […]

todayNovember 10, 2018


When Axel met Sally: music to show the magical side of the U8

    Berlin's public transport is both loved and hated by residents of the city, and the U8 line pretty much embodies this public sentiment. The line connects the north to the south, running through the heart of Berlin, and it connected an American from San Francisco with a Berliner for a musical homage of sorts. Journalist Sally McGrane and musician Axel Scheele both live on the U8. "The whole […]

todayMay 26, 2018


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