Ambient-jazz-electronica outfit Ishmael Ensemble is Pete Cunningham’s brainchild. We sat down with him and bassist Jake Spurgeon to talk about what inspires them musically, why they love playing in Berlin, and why they don’t consider themselves a typical jazz outfit.
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong described Hong Kong as the new Berlin – a ground zero for a new Cold War. What does Germany make of Wong’s comparison? And how do the Hong Kong protests influence Germany’s relationship with China? Join host Noah Barkin and his guests, American journalist Melissa Chan and Kristin Shi-Kupfer of the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin.
2019 marks 70 years since the Berlin Airlift, one of the world’s greatest humanitarian efforts. To commemorate this anniversary, KCRW Berlin spoke with veterans who took part in the mission, including the famous American pilot Col. Gail S. Halvorsen, also known as the “Candy Bomber.”
Come with us on a journey along Berlin’s Ringbahn, a circular route of railway tracks around Berlin’s city center. As we stop along the route’s 27 stations, we meet commuters, clubgoers, and lifelong Berliners and explore why the Ringbahn is such an essential part of Berlin daily life.