Utopia Summer Special Airs Today at 7 p.m.

Factory Berlin while it was under construction. Factory is a new co-working space where startups and established IT companies mix, right where the Berlin Wall once separated the city. (Credit: Nick Simpson)

Factory Berlin while it was under construction. Factory is a new co-working space where startups and established IT companies mix, right where the Berlin Wall once separated the city. (Credit: Nick Simpson) As NPR Berlin reports on its website, this weekend we explore Utopian ideas and communities of Berlin, from The Squirrel Bridge to Factory…. Read more »

Q&A: Derk Ehlert, Berlin’s Wildlife Officer

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Derk Ehlert has a rather unusual job in the Berlin city government. As its official wildlife officer, Ehlert is the expert on Berlin’s wild animals. But even though his official job description is to protect the city’s furrier residents, Ehlert says he spends most of his time calming down frantic humans. He receives up to… Read more »

Our Contributors: Rachel Stern

Credit: Nick Simpson

Credit: Nick Simpson

Rachel Stern is a 2013-14 Fulbright Young American Journalist. She first lived in Berlin in 2012 as an Arthur F. Burns Fellow at the politics department of SPIEGEL ONLINE. Her work has appeared in various U.S. and German publications, including Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, Deutsche Welle and The Huffington Post. A graduate of the… Read more »

Authors Explore Utopia in Berlin

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On the upcoming Berlin Stories magazine for NPR Berlin, which airs this Saturday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 8 a.m., we feature three authors who in their own way touch on the theme of utopia in Berlin. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, the acclaimed author of A Sense of Direction, reads a humorous excerpt from the book… Read more »

Q&A: Brian Fabian Crain on Bitcoin in Berlin

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Brian Fabian Crain giving a presentation at a Bitcoin Start-Ups Berlin meetup (credit: Nick Simpson)

Bitcoin Center Berlin officially opened its doors on Sunday, June 15 in the bustling Rosenthaler Platz. The co-working space is one of many fresh projects in Berlin devoted to bitcoin, a decentralized virtual money that we feature in our Utopia Summer Special on June 21. Economist and entrepreneur Brian Fabian Crain, part of the team behind Bitcoin… Read more »

Our Contributors: Photographer Nick Simpson

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Nick Simpson (credit: Will Johnson)

Based in Berlin since 2008, Nick Simpson is a British-born freelance photographer working with digital and analogue photography. Nick studied Photography in Leeds, Nottingham and Brussels, and has exhibited work in Berlin and in England. His most recent works are typologies taken using hand-built cameras, shot from comparable viewpoints over time. More of Nick’s work can… Read more »

Utopias Are Not Just For People

Berlin's first squirrel bridge (Credit: aktion tier - menschen für tiere e.V.)

Berlin's first squirrel bridge (Credit: aktion tier - menschen für tiere e.V.)

Berlin is renown for its bridges, from the from the iconic Oberbaumbrücke with its twin gothic towers, to Wannsee’s Glienicke Brücke, famously used for the exchange of spies during the Cold War. But these bridges are not just for people. As part of our upcoming hour-long Utopia summer special, airing June 21 at… Read more »

Our Contributors: Thalia Gigerenzer

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Thalia Gigerenzer is a German-American writer and radio producer based in Berlin. She’s written for The New York Times, Modern Farmer, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and India’s The Caravan. Before moving back to Berlin, she spent a year in Delhi on a Fulbright scholarship, and made radio for The Kitchen Sisters and London’s Resonance… Read more »

Our Contributors: Carolyn Beeler

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Carolyn Beeler is a radio reporter and a 2013-2014 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow. Before moving to Berlin, Carolyn covered health and science at WHYY in Philadelphia and reported and produced for NPR in Washington, D.C. on a Kroc Fellowship. She has reported from Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Cape Town, South Africa. Carolyn… Read more »

‘Bitcoin-Mädchen’ Find Their Niche in Berlin

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On an early and muggy midweek evening, fourteen Berlin bitcoin enthusiasts chatted about the virtual money. They animatedly discussed taxation debates in Germany and abroad, new Berlin businesses that accept it, and the benefits of using a decentralized currency. It was just any of the other bitcoin meet-ups that regularly occur in Berlin’s Graefekiez… Read more »