Studio Berlin, broadcast July 15, 2020: Should the word ‘Rasse’ (or ‘race’) be removed from Germany’s constitution?

In the wake of nationwide and international protests against racism, Germany’s Green Party wants to change Article 3 of the nation’s Basic Law by removing “Rasse” – in English, “race” – from the text. The conversation is not new, but controversial. Proponents of removing the word say it’s linked to Nazi ideology and this change is long overdue. Others say this move is too hasty and would actually harm people of color.

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Studio Berlin, broadcast July 8, 2020: What would Donald Trump’s withdrawal of 9,500 U.S. troops do to NATO and Europe?

President Trump’s announcement of a drawdown of American forces from Germany caught German leaders, NATO, and the U.S. Congress by surprise. There’s a bipartisan effort to prevent the White House from following through. What are the chances the U.S. troops will be moved and what’s at stake for American ties with Germany?

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Studio Berlin, broadcast June 17, 2020: Debating Berlin’s new anti-discrimination law

Berlin passed a hotly debated anti-discrimination law this month, the first of its kind in Germany, that 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 will it lead to a villainization of the police as the law’s critics contend?

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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.

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