Introducing…Melanie Sevcenko, Poet

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Our über-talented radio producer Melanie Sevcenko is also a poet. Her first book, We Slept in Body Bags, Just in Case, will be out in March 2014 from Finishing Line Press ($12.00). Listen here, as she reads an excerpt. AND RESERVE YOUR COPY TODAY at THIS LINK!

Lydia Stryk on a Fairytale Witch’s Garden

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson

  Lydia Stryk was born and grew up in DeKalb, Illinois, birthplace of barbed wire. She lived in London where she trained to be an actress and then in New York for over a decade before moving to Berlin where she lives in a bi-national relationship. She is the author of over a dozen full-length plays… Read more »

The Atlas Contest: Listen to the Submissions!


We were thrilled to receive more than THIRTY submissions to our Atlas Contest on SoundCloud this summer, amazing stories from many corners of Berlin, read aloud AND RECORDED by the writers who wrote them. We will announce our winners next month, three pieces to be broadcast on NPR Worldwide as part of our 2014 season. But in the meantime, you can listen to them all HERE and let us know your favorites. … Read more »

Special Series: German Election Interviews


Tune in to NPR Berlin this month for a special series of Berlin Stories about the German Election. Interviews with players from the major German parties will be hosted by Sudha David-Wilp and produced by Carolyn Beeler. The series was created with support from the German Marshall Fund. You can find times, podcasts and full transcripts of the interviews HERE…. Read more »

Originals: Deenah Vollmer on Subletting

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Deenah Vollmer is a writer living in Berlin on a Fulbright Journalism fellowship. She writes for the New Yorker, plays in the folk-duo L.A. Boobs, and is currently making radio.

Originals: Robert A. LeVine on Varian Fry Strasse

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Robert A. LeVine is a retired professor of anthropology who has lived in Berlin. In researching this story, he realized that he knew some of the ex-Berliners who worked with Varian Fry years ago, after they escaped to America. This is his second Berlin Story. Listen to his first, about Hans Beimler Strasse, here.

Last Day of the Atlas Contest!


What’s Your Story? Write, edit and record your own Berlin Story Original (in English) and upload it to our SoundCloud group by August 15th. The winners will be broadcast on NPR Berlin and Worldwide. Your story should be about a personal experience or something that happened at a specific Berlin location. 500-600 words of prose,… Read more »

Originals: Brittani Sonnenberg on Schlachtensee


  Brittani Sonnenberg’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The O’Henry Prize Stories 2008, Asymptote, Ploughshares, Time Magazine, and elsewhere. Sonnenberg has written three other pieces for previous seasons of Berlin Stories for NPR. To hear them, please click here, here, and here. She studied English literature at Harvard University, received her fiction MFA from… Read more »

Originals: Jacalyn Carley on Saving the Sie

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Jacalyn Carley is a choreographer-turned-writer, an Ur-original Berliner expat. Her
choreography has played in venues across Europe and the US, her books (in German
translation) are published by eichborn, Fischer, Henschel. She is currently director of Sarah
Lawrence College’s Summer Arts in Berlin program.

Originals: Case Van Duzer on the Ghost of We

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson

  Case Van Duzer is a solo songwriter original from San Francisco but long entrenched in her second home of Berlin. From her musical beginnings at age six by way of a door-to-door accordion salesman to her more recent flings with a flatback mandolin and an ornery flea-market synth, her music reveals itself as both folk-based… Read more »