Our Contributors: Megan O’Grady on the Counter-Narrative

Photograph by Thorsten Trimpop

Photograph by Thorsten Trimpop

We are pretty sure that no one reads more than Berlin Stories contributor and Vogue literary critic Megan O’Grady, who spent this past year doing a Niemann Fellowship at Harvard University. Click here to read a great essay on what she’s learned from reading Krzysztof Kieslowski, George Eliot, and Mr. Fox…

Our Contributors: R. Jay Magill on Sincerity

Illustration by R. Jay Magill

Illustration by R. Jay Magill

  Berlin Stories contributor, writer and illustrator R. Jay Magill has a new book coming out this week from Norton, Sincerity: How a moral ideal born five hundred years ago inspired religious wars, modern art, hipster chic, and the curious notion that we all have something to say (no matter how dull), and it’s already getting… Read more »

Our Contributors: Brittani Sonnenberg in Asymptote

Illustration by Hugo Muecke

Illustration by Hugo Muecke

Over the years Brittani Sonnenberg has written some of our favorite Berlin Stories Originals. This month the Berlin-based author, who also works at the American Academy, has a short story, 1116 Arcadia Ave., in the literary journal Asymptote. Read it here. And for your listening enjoyment, her first Original ever, from 2009, is below.

Our Contributors: Melanie Sevcenko on Survival

BS Reporter Melanie Sevcenko hails from Canada by way of Texas. For our first one-hour episode of BERLIN STORIES, Melanie interviewed local American and British expats on their dreams of escape and the realities of survival. While Melanie’s daily beat is Berlin, where she has been living since 2009, in the past year alone she has… Read more »

Our Contributors: Bilal Qureshi on Berlin

Today’s the day, and we hope you’ll all tune in to listen to the premiere episode of Berlin Stories’ one-hour show at 7pm! The new show was produced by Bilal Qureshi, a producer from All Things Considered at NPR in Washington who has been here in Germany for a year on a Bosch fellowship. Lucky… Read more »

Our Contributors: Gisela Williams on Berlin’s Best Dinner Party

Impatiently awaiting our first Berlin Stories one-hour magazine show? Can’t wait till Saturday August 14 at 7pm? In the meantime, check out BS host Gisela Williams’ piece in Food & Wine this month about a fabulous dinner party thrown by Stephan Landwehr, owner of Grill Royal and the new Pauly Saal in the old Jewish Girls… Read more »

Our Contributors: Anna Winger on a Berlin Seder

Chag Sameach! In this piece from the New York Times Magazine, written in 2006, BS host Anna Winger reflected on celebrating Passover with her family in their Berlin apartment, once inhabited by another Jewish family who left paintings of fairytale characters on the walls of her daughter’s room. In the years since the piece was written,… Read more »

Our Contributors: Charly Wilder on Fashionable Mitte

Illustration by Eleanor Rosenberg

Do you think Mitte has become too fancy? Too mainstream? This weekend Charly Wilder celebrates homegrown talent in the center of Berlin with a slide show in the Times travel section, here. If you missed Charley’s piece on the radio last season, listen to it now!

Illustration by Eleanor Rosenberg

Our Contributors: Martina Guzman Wins Awards

Congratulations to our girl Martina Guzman for winning not only an Associated Press award for best radio series, but also a Michigan Associated Broadcasters award for best series, for her The Detroit-Berlin Connection, broadcast here on Berlin Stories for NPR late last year! And to all everyone at WDET in Detroit who helped make Guzman’s… Read more »

Our Contributors: Peter Behrens in Marfa


In today’s NY Times, an article about Canadian author Peter Behrens’ winter idyll in Marfa, the Texas artists village made famous by Donald Judd. Behrens’ new novel The O’Brian’s comes out this week from Pantheon. And if you missed Behrens’ Berlin Story on NPR Berlin last season (special thanks to Marfa public radio station KTRS… Read more »