Our Contributors: Thalia Gigerenzer


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


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


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 »

Our Summer Special about Utopias airs June 21!

Photo by Nick Simpson

Photo of Teepee-Land on the Spree by Nick Simpson


Our Contributors: Gisela Williams on Berlin Utopias


Travel Writer Gisela Williams covers pioneering projects around the world. This month she hosts a one hour special episode of BSNPR about Utopian communities in Berlin. Tune in to hear it on NPR Berlin June 21st! Meanwhile, check out Gisela’s archive on her website and follow her adventures on instagram @giselaatlarge!

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.