This special edition is brought to you in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut in Washington, D.C. and the Bear Storytelling event. These true, personal stories were recorded live at “The Eve of the Champs” on June 19, 2020 at Pfefferberg Haus 13.
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.
Schools won’t reopen in full swing until after Berlin’s six-week summer vacation. City officials say students and staff will no longer be required to stay 1.5 meters away from one another, a move the German Education Union has criticized.
Berlin-based musician Finn Ronsdorf is releasing his first EP, “Odes,” on June 12. We talk with the 21-year-old singer-songwriter about his early musical influences and what it takes to write a love song. He says the key is “really just being very much in the moment.”
Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, head of Berlin’s airports, said because COVID-19 measures like social distancing complicate procedures like going through security, it will be necessary to keep both Tegel and Schönefeld Airports open to handle the expected bump in passenger numbers.