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 February 22, 2020: The Skilled Immigration Act

A new law will go into effect on March 1: the Skilled Immigration Act. Why is Germany in need of skilled workers from non-EU countries and is Germany ready to welcome them?

Studio Berlin host Sumi Somaskanda takes a closer look at Germany’s Skilled Immigration Act with her guests, Michaelle Nintcheu, researcher for the German government’s portal “Make it in Germany,” and Sophia Burton, co-founder of Migration Matters, a non-profit based in Berlin.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll with assistance from Caleb Larson. 

Show broadcast, February 15, 2020: What can we expect from Berlinale 2020?

Following the appointment of new leadership, will 2020 be the start of a new era for Berlin’s International Film Festival? This week on Studio Berlin, host Monika Müller-Kroll discusses the program of the 70th edition of the Berlinale with Meredith Burkholder, creator of Webfest Berlin, and Tom Dorow, co-founder of Indiekino Berlin, an arthouse movie magazine and online platform.

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

Show broadcast, February 8, 2020: What’s next for Germany’s troubled carmakers?

This week on Studio Berlin: What’s next for Germany’s troubled carmakers? Noah Barkin takes a closer look at the growing challenges for the German auto industry. There’s Brexit, renewed tariff threats from U.S. President Donald Trump, and Elon Musk’s announcement to build a Tesla factory just outside of Berlin.

Join host Noah Barkin, Stefan Nicola of Bloomberg News, Thorsten Riecke of Handelsblatt and Jack Ewing of the New York Times as they discuss the future of German cars.

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

Show broadcast, February 1, 2020: A closer look at Germany’s abortion law

 

It’s been almost a year since the German parliament voted to amend Paragraph 219a, regarding the advertisement of abortion services, in the country’s criminal code. What does this look like in practice, and what are abortion rights activists and opponents calling for in 2020?

Host Sylvia Cunningham takes a closer look at Germany’s abortion law with Kate Cahoon from the pro abortion rights group, Bündnis für sexuelle Selbstbestimmung, Dr. Alicia Baier from Doctors for Choice Germany, and Dr. Paul Cullen, chairman of Ärzte für das Leben (Doctors for Life).

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll and Sylvia Cunningham with research assistance and voiceover from Benjamin Restle. 

 

Show broadcast January 25, 2020: Germany’s debate over the future of agriculture

 

Berlin’s Grüne Woche wraps up this weekend, reason enough to take a closer look at the debate over Germany’s agricultural future. Host Monika Müller-Kroll delves into the recent farmer protests with Prof. Dr. Bernd Hansjürgens, head of the department of Economics at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig. We also talked with consumers and farmers.

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

Show broadcast January 18, 2020: Unpacking the European Green Deal

 

It’s being called Europe’s “man on the moon moment”: The European Green Deal is Europe’s ambitious plan to become the world’s first climate neutral continent. The deadline is 2050, and the price tag starts at 1 trillion euros.

This week on Studio Berlin, host Nikki Motson dives into the details of the historic deal with Tim McPhie, European Commission spokesperson for climate action and energy, Karsten Neuhoff, head of the climate policy department at the German Institute for Economics, and Oldag Caspar, climate policy expert at the NGO, Germanwatch.

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

 

Show broadcast January 11, 2020: What are the big challenges facing Germany in 2020?

 

What are the big challenges facing Germany in 2020?

This week on Studio Berlin, host Sumi Somaskanda discusses the crucial questions of German domestic and foreign policy with Siobhán Dowling, editor at the Berlin Policy Journal, and Andreas Kluth, writer and editor at Bloomberg Opinion.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll .

Coming up on January 11, 2020: What are the challenges facing Germany’s domestic and foreign policy in 2020?

Show broadcast December 14, 2019: Can Klinsmann save Hertha?

 

 

Hertha BSC has had a tough Bundesliga season so far, but there’s hope on the horizon. German soccer legend Jürgen Klinsmann took over as head coach in late November. Can he save Hertha?

Studio Berlin host Erik Kirschbaum talks about Klinsmann and Hertha’s future with Claus Vetter, deputy sports editor for Der Tagesspiegel, RBB’s managing sports editor Dirk Walsdorff and Kres Harrington, sports reporter for Deutsche Welle.

 

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll  with production assistance from Sylvia Cunningham, Benjamin Restle and Caleb Larson.

 

Show broadcast December 7, 2019: What were the biggest news stories of the year?

 

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the important news stories that we’ve covered on Studio Berlin. Our weekly current affairs show launched in June 2019 and since then we’ve produced over 20 shows. So, this Saturday our main Studio Berlin hosts Sumi Somaskanda, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Erik Kirschbaum discuss some of the big news stories of 2019 that left a mark on Berlin.

 

 

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll 

Show broadcast November 30, 2019: How secure are Berlin’s Christmas markets?

 

 

It is Christmas market season in Berlin, a favorite of residents and tourists alike. How safe are these markets three years after the attack at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market?

 

Studio Berlin host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson discusses the issue with Deborah Cole, correspondent for the news agency AFP, and city parliament member Marcel Luthe from the Free Democratic Party (FDP). We also hear from the Berlin Police Union spokesman, Benjamin Jendro.

Photos by Benjamin Restle.

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, with assistance from Benjamin Restle

 

Show broadcast November 23, 2019: Homelessness in Berlin and Germany

 

Germany’s homeless population has increased by more than 4% over the previous year. What’s the reason behind it and what can authorities do to address the issue?

Studio Berlin host Sumi Somaskanda takes a closer look at homelessness and poverty in Germany and Berlin. She is joined by Jutta Allmedinger, president of the WZB Berlin Social Science center and Wilhelm Nadolny from the Berliner Stadtmission, or Berlin City Mission.

 

 

This show was produced by Monika Müller-Kroll, with assistance from Nikki Motson and Caleb Larsen

Show broadcast November 16, 2019: The debate over 5G, Huawei, and Germany’s digital future

 

 

Could it be one of the most important conversations of the modern era? This week on Studio Berlin, host Noah Barkin delves into the details of Germany’s 5G debate. Why all the fuss about Chinese company Huawei and it’s role in supplying parts of Germany’s 5G infrastructure?

Does the decision against competitors like Nokia and Ericsson end chances for European tech excellence? Is the decision forcing Germany to decide between China and the US? Together with two of the leading experts on 5G in Berlin, guests Janka Oertel and Jan-Peter Kleinhans discuss why this decision could redefine digital autonomy for Europe.

This show was produced by Nikki Motson.

Show broadcast November 9, 2019: Building a new Germany after the fall of the Wall

 

How have East and West Germany grown together 30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall? This week on Studio Berlin, host Erik Kirschbaum remembers the Fall of the Wall and discusses the making of a new Germany after 1989.

He is joined by Hope Harrison, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University and author of the book, “After the Berlin Wall – Memory and the making of the New Germany. 1989 to the Present” as well as Günter Nooke, personal representative of the German Chancellor for Africa in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. Nooke started his political career as a civil rights activist in the GDR with Demokratischer Aufbruch, or Democratic Awakening.

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

 

Show broadcast November 2, 2019: Music and the fall of the Berlin Wall

 

What was the soundtrack of the late ’80s, shortly before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall? In this episode of Studio Berlin, host Erik Kirschbaum explores the power of music and how it captured the spirit of freedom and united people in East and West Germany. Erik is joined in studio by Jochen Staadt, leading researcher of the Forschungsverbund SED-Staat at the Freie Universität Berlin. We also hear from Jörg Stempel, worked for the GDR-owned Amiga music label and Tobias Rapp, author of “Lost and Sound: Berlin, Techno and the Easyjetset.”

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

 

 

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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