Studio Berlin

The week’s headlines and YOU

Studio Berlin is KCRW Berlin’s weekly show that brings together local journalists, lawmakers and experts to provide you with context and analysis around the issues shaping the news locally and nationally. Tune in to Studio Berlin every Saturday morning from 10:00-10:30 a.m. on 104.1 FM.

Each week we’ll take a closer look at the events shaping our lives here in Germany’s capital. You’ll hear from hosts Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Erik Kirschbaum and Sumi Somaskanda as we tackle the issues moving Berlin, Germany, Europe — and YOU.

 

Show broadcast October 19, 2019: As European migration rises again, what are the challenges ahead?

 

Migration to Europe is rising again. In September alone, more than 12,000 refugees arrived in Greece.  This week on Studio Berlin: how is Europe tackling this challenge? And why can’t European countries seem to agree on a common approach to migration? Host Sumi Somaskanda talks with Emmanuelle Chaze, political correspondent at Deutsche Welle and NPR international correspondent Joanna Kakissis.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll with assistance from Colin Shea.

Show broadcast October 12, 2019: Election in Poland

 

It’s election time in neighboring Poland this weekend. Polish voters will cast their ballots on Sunday for a new parliament. Studio Berlin host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson discusses the importance of the election and its impact on Europe with Wojciech Szymanski, correspondent for the Polish service of the Deutsche Welle network and Lucasz Pawlowski, managing editor of Kultura Liberalna.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll with assistance from Benjamin Restle and Nikki Motson.

 

Show broadcast September 28, 2019: A closer look at the protests in Hong Kong

 

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.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll.

Show broadcast September 21, 2019: What can individuals and businesses do to help reach climate goals?

 

What can individuals and businesses do to help Germany reach its climate goals? This week on Studio Berlin, host Nikki Motson discusses questions about energy efficiency with Martin Bornholdt from DENEFF, Laurenz Hermann from CO2 Online and Tim Kauermann founder of “Berlin Kann Mehr.”

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll and Nikki Motson,  with assistance from Colin Shea.

Show broadcast September 14, 2019: The Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

 

This week on Studio Berlin, we’re talking about the controversy surrounding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline: why some countries are against it and why Germany stands by it. President Trump has called the project a “horrible thing” and the U.S. Congress is taking steps that could lead to sanctions against companies involved in the project.

Host Erik Kirschbaum takes a closer look with American lawyer and political advisor Andrew Adair and Till Bullmann, energy expert at DIHK (Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce).


This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll with assistance from Sylvia Cunningham and Colin Shea.

Show broadcast September 7, 2019: Are we headed for a global financial meltdown?

 

This week on Studio Berlin we ask the questions – are we headed for a global economic meltdown? And what role do political threats play in the financial turmoil?

Host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson discusses the German recession and growing global financial crisis with Marcel Fratzscher, head of DIW, American Berlin-based journalist Noah Barkin and Marc Adam, researcher at the Freie Universität John F. Kennedy Institute.

 

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

Show broadcast August 24, 2019: Upcoming state elections in Brandenburg and Saxony

 

On September 1, Brandenburg & Saxony go to the polls in state elections that could be a litmus test for Merkel’s government. Host Sumi Somaskanda looks into the possible implications of the upcoming vote with Berlin Policy Journal’s editor, Henning Hoff, the DW’s political correspondent Thomas Sparrow, and Krautreporter journalist Josa Mania-Schlegel.

This show was produced by Nikki Motson with production assistance from Benjamin Restle.

 

Show broadcast August 17, 2019: Unpacking the Berlin Airport saga

 

This week on Studio Berlin, host Erik Kirschbaum delves into the BER saga.

Berlin’s new international airport is scheduled to open in October 2020. What can we expect and are the past problems history? Erik is joined by Martin Delius, who was the head of the Berlin state parliamentary inquiry into the airport delays and freelance journalist Grace Dobush.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll with production assistance from Benjamin Restle.

Show broadcast August 10, 2019: The E-Scooter Phenomenon

 

This week on Studio Berlin, host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson delves into the e-scooter phenomenon. Germany officially began allowing e-scooters onto the streets and bicycle lanes in mid-June.

Are e-scooters a key step forward in German e-mobility, or are they a passing fad? Soraya talks with tour guide Jan Katzmarczyk, American journalist Matthew Schofield and German entrepreneur Florian Walberg.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll.

 

Show broadcast July 27, 2019: The growing concern over right-wing extremism in Germany

On this week’s episode of Studio Berlin, host Sumi Somaskanda discusses the murder case of CDU politician Walter Lübcke and how it has alarmed the public to right-wing extremism as well as political violence across the spectrum.

Sumi is joined by Till Eckert, journalist with CORRECTIV, criminal attorney Onur Özata and Tarik Abou-Chadi, assistant professor of political science at the University of Zurich.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll with production assistance from Arie Burshtein and Caleb Larson.

Show broadcast July 20, 2019: What action is being taken against rising rents in Berlin?

This week on Studio Berlin: What action is being taken against rising rents in Berlin?

Host Erik Kirschbaum breaks down proposals, like expropriating property and the rent freeze (“Mietendeckel”), with Thomas McGath from “Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen” and journalist Grace Dobush who has written about urbanization and the Berlin housing market for Handelsblatt and Fortune.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll with production assistance from Léo Bräuer-Potier, Arie Burshtein, and Sylvia Cunningham.

 

Show broadcast July 13, 2019: How will an Afghan peace deal affect women in Afghanistan?

The Taliban peace deal that Washington and Berlin want just became a lot more likely. But what will happen to Afghan women? Will more Afghans flee to Germany?

Host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson talks with YAAR Berlin’s Kava Spartak, three Afghan mountain climbers and Afghan psychologist Huma Sherzai.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

Show broadcast July 6, 2019: Summit in Afghanistan

In this week’s Studio Berlin, Germany is helping the U.S. reach a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan. But is a deal with the Taliban a good idea?

Studio Berlin host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson will explore the far-reaching effects of a Taliban deal with Der Tagesspiegel’s Andrea Dernbach and JACK’s Daniela Dachrodt.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

Show broadcast June 29, 2019: Inclusion in Berlin schools

In this week’s Studio Berlin, we’ll be taking a look at the debate surrounding inclusion in Berlin schools. In particular, the discussion around children with special needs. How should schools best serve students with additional needs?

Host Nikki Motson will be joined by Eileen Bernardi, the mother of an autistic child and founder of a Berlin support group for parents of special needs kids and Ryan Plocher, a teacher at one of Berlin’s more inclusive schools and a member of the GEW teachers’ union.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll and Nikki Motson.

Show broadcast June 22, 2019: The Rise of the Green Party

This week on Studio Berlin: The rise of the Greens in Germany, an inside look with a longtime Green politician.

Host Erik Kirschbaum is joined by Özcan Mutlu, a Green Party politician in Berlin and former member of the German parliament, and Andreas Kluth, a Berlin-based journalist who was previously the bureau chief of the Economist and editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt Today, to break down the success of the Greens and what it might mean for Germany’s future political landscape.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll.

Show broadcast June 15, 2019: Brexit

 

Seven candidates are in the running to be the next prime minister of the U.K. Who will succeed Theresa May and how will the key players deal with Brexit? What can we expect to see next – new elections, a second referendum?

Our second episode of “Studio Berlin” is all about Brexit, a three year divorce in the making, and how it affects the rest of Europe and Berlin. Host Maisie Hitchcock is joined by Jon Worth, communications consultant for European politicians, and Jan Techau, Senior Fellow and Director of the Europe Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll with assistance from Nikki Motson.

Show broadcast June 8, 2019: Fridays for Future

Young people around the world are taking to the streets to demand action on climate change. What do the Fridays for Future activists want and how are politicians reacting to the movement?

In our first edition of “Studio Berlin” host Sumi Somaskanda talks with Franziska Wessel, a 15-year-old activist from Fridays for Future in Berlin and Jennifer Collins, a reporter and writer who’s been covering climate and environmental stories for Deutsche Welle, among other media outlets.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll with assistance from Nikki Motson.

 

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