Omnified

Welcome to Omnified, KCRW Berlin’s new community page, where we’ll be sharing op-eds, articles and original works from local journalists, influencers, and artists. Want to pitch us? Drop us an email. 

Recent Posts

Rabbit memorial BerlinA (fluffy) tail of two cities: the legacy of the rabbit colony that occupied the death strip between East and West Berlin

By Anja Samy

Rabbits certainly aren’t the first things that spring to mind when thinking of Cold War era Berlin. But, for the 28 years the wall stood, thousands of the fluffy creatures made their homes among the mines, automated machine guns and anti-tank barriers in the border strip around West Berlin.

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A feast fit for a brewer: an interview with Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch 

By Hana and Hugh Eckermann

Founded in 1996, Stone Brewing had already generated a passionate fan base by 2011, when readers of Beer Advocate magazine voted them the ” #1 All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth.” Fittingly, their crown is decorated with many precious stones.

We met with Stone’s Greg Koch on the beautiful grounds of the Stone World Bistro and Gardens in Berlin-Mariendorf. Over two glasses of refreshing Stone Tangerine IPA we chatted about – you guessed it – beer.

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Bike share schemes in BerlinThe rise of rental bikes in Berlin: five ways to ensure residents benefit

By Jennifer Warburg

Inside the Ringbahn, it’s unusual to go more than a few paces without seeing the distinctive orange, green, yellow or silver bikes. Mobike, ofo, Lime, Lidl-branded, Byke, Donkey Republic and Deezer nextbikes are scattered along sidewalks and clustered at entrances to parks, transit stations, and major sites. New brands (and colors!) seem to appear all the time.

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La vie en rose: an interview with Tom Moore, as part of 48 Hours Neukölln

By Ariane Coloumbe

Tom Moore is a multidisciplinary British artist currently living in Berlin (Tom’s pronouns are they/their.) Their art involves drawing, music, and fashion design. We caught up ahead of their exhibition at 48 Hours Neukölln to talk about alter-egos, authenticity, old Hollywood starlets and the color pink.

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Older Posts

KulturMarktHalle: How an abandoned supermarket transformed into a cultural center

By Meghan Friedmann

On the corner of Kniprodestraße and Hanns-Eisler Straße, a former supermarket-turned-thrift-store sits just northwest of two of Berlin’s refugee camps and just southeast of Mühlenkiez, a community built in the late 1970s. At the end of May, the warehouse—abandoned for over a year—entered a new era with the opening of Prenzlauer Berg’s KulturMarktHalle, a neighborhood meeting point which aims to bring together people of different backgrounds.  READ MORE 

 

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Of football and music: Sports writer Jacob Sweetman on the World Cup and the music it inspires

By Jacob Sweetman   

I remember the TV as I remember his pass that lead to the penalty, as I remember the way he missed that penalty itself. I remember that five minutes or so almost to the second, but to this day I have barely heard a noise like the one that preceded it all: a roar like it had been delivered out of the bowels of the earth at the cleaving of the continents, like God himself had come onto the pitch unannounced there to make things right. It was my first World Cup, Mexico 1986, and I was eight years old.  READ MORE 

 

Photo by Arman Taherian on Unsplash

After Trump withdraws from JCPOA, Berlin’s Iranians brace themselves for the consequences

By Meghan Friedmann

On Tuesday, May 8, Ghasem Yazdani, an Iranian researcher in Data Science and Machine Learning at the Technical University of Berlin was in the library working on his master’s thesis when he took a break to watch President Donald Trump’s live announcement that the U.S. would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The news made Yazdani so upset that he had to stop working. READ MORE

 

 

Grace Dobush
 

Berlin’s urbanization opportunity

By Grace Dobush, Editor of Handelsblatt Global

This weekend, thousands of people are going to march on Potsdamer Platz to protest evictions and untenable rent increases in Germany’s capital. Nearly 200 groups, from neighborhood organizations to tenants’ associations, have joined forces under the banner of opposing Berlin’s Mietenwahnsinn — rent insanity. READ MORE

 

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Reflections on the Berlin Wall from former US Ambassador to Germany, John Kornblum

By John Kornblum

Today marks a quiet milestone in Berlin’s history: the Berlin Wall has been gone for as long as it stood, or 28 years, 2 months and 26 days. In recognition of this, we are sharing the following text, an excerpt from former US Ambassador to Germany John Kornblum’s contribution to the catalogue for the German Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. READ MORE

The photo features The Augen Blick Project, an art project initiated by the residents of Kreuzberg Zentrum. Read more about it here.