Originals: Ralph Martin on Hooker Barbie

Photograph by MAC

Photograph by MAC

  New York-dilettante-turned-Berlin-author Ralph Martin has delighted Germany with his prose stylings since 2009′s EIN AMERIKANER IN BERLIN (not his choice of title). His next book PAPANOIA, about modern German parenting, made him a pariah in Prenzlauer Berg, which is fine since he has since moved to Kreuzberg. He has written for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung… Read more »

Originals: Nerys Hudson on Rooftop Gardening

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

Nerys Hudson moved from London to Berlin in 2009, swapping the world of advertising for publishing in the process. She is now bookseller at Dialogue Books Books and assistant at Berlin-based literary agency Lovegrove and Gosling. Although most of her time is happily dedicated to reading the stories of others, she occasionally writes her own.

Originals: Donna Swarthout on Coming Full Circle

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

  Donna Swarthout moved to Berlin with her family to explore her German Jewish heritage and identity and the nature of Jewish life in Germany today. Swarthout received her German citizenship certificate on October 31, 2011. You can learn more about her experiences on her blog Full Circle. And if you missed the Der Spiegel article about German… Read more »

Originals: Luisa Weiss on Explosive Local Traditions

Photograph by Omegas

Photograph by Omegas

Luisa Weiss was born in Berlin to an American father and an Italian mother. Her food memoir, My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (With Recipes) will be published by Viking in September 2012. She has been blogging at The Wednesday Chef for almost seven years.

Our Summer Episode Airs Tonight, June 23 at 7pm!


The time has come! Berliners: tune in to 104.1FM tonight at 7pm (or Monday morning at 8am) to hear Summer episode of Berlin Stories for NPR, a one-hour special hosted by Anna Winger & Gisela Williams and produced by Bilal Qureshi. Below, a taste of what’s to come.

Summer Episode: Melissa Drier on Town and Country


In our Summer episode, airing this weekend as the city heads towards fashion week, we explore the economic challenges facing Berlin’s young fashion designers. No one knows their ups and downs like Melissa Drier, the Women’s Wear Daily correspondent in Germany, who has been covering the Berlin fashion scene for more than 20 years. The ultimate… Read more »

Summer Episode: Introducing The Round Table Restaurant Review


What do blogger Luisa Weiss, man about town Moritz Estermann and founder of Chef’s Table Sebastian Wussler all have in common? Food of course. And preferably good food. They are also the first guests on Berlin Stories new series: The Round Table Restaurant Review, where host Gisela Williams invites three Berliners to a meal and… Read more »

Originals: Fenster on Musical Magic

Photograph by Maxime Ballesteros

Photograph by Maxime Ballesteros

  FENSTER (Berlin via NYC) // Formed in 2010 by JJ Weihl, a New Yorker, Jonathan Jarzyna, a Berliner, and was later completed by percussionist Rémi Letournelle. Fenster makes de-constructed pop music, layering subtle distortions, melodic chords and city soundscapes under dream narratives and schadenfreude. Their lyrics often find inspiration in the world of ghosts, graveyards, trains,… Read more »

Summer Episode: The Yellow Lounge Series


In our Summer episode, Bilal Qureshi hears the Berlin Philharmonic’s Albrecht Mayer play at the legendary nightclub Berghain. The concert was part of Deutsche Grammophone’s Yellow Lounge series, which aims to bring classical music to a whole new generation of listeners. There are Yellow Lounge concerts in cities all over the world, from London to… Read more »

Originals: Pete Starrett on The Naked and Le Flonge


  Pete Starrett has lived in Berlin since 2004. His dual life as a rock star and Blue Man is brought into delicious contrast with his life as a husband and father of two. His new theater piece, “SaveYouHateMe” premiered at the end of April in R.A.W.Tempelhof, Berlin. Click HERE to watch the Le… Read more »