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Radio Spaetkauf is Berlin's English-language podcast, keeping international residents informed about local politics, public transport, urban development, culture, bicycles and bars. The podcast is recorded live each month, and is presented by a rotating cast of hosts including Joel Dullroy, Maisie Hitchcock, Jöran Mandik and Daniel Stern. Radio Spaetkauf has been on air since 2012. Got some feedback about our show? Want to get involved in the production? Drop us an e-mail: hallo@radiospaetka ...
 
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We browse local news stories (mostly reported in German) every weekday morning and report them back in a succinct five to ten minute audio summary. In English.
 
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Local News in English. Every Weekday. Bahn strike Berlin school construction Berlin air quality
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. BMI meets with repatriation campaign critics No Christmas animal rehoming at Berlin Tierheim Illegal gambling raid Increase in “small firearm" carrying permits
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Thought experiments on carless inner cities Clubs providing cold shelters Karl-Marx Allee apartments sale Fake Coca-Cola poster
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Ubahn issues Coalition budget changes Police management changes Transporter heist arrest
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Airbnb research Sir Simon Rattle Public prosecution office woes
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Booking.com cuts 350 jobs New police tank defect after 2 weeks Anti UN-migration pact demo Mass brawl at metro station
 
Billboards have gone up encouraging people to voluntarily leave Germany. The Interior Ministry - run by the CSU's Horst Seehofer - is offering to pay up to twelve months living expenses back where you came from. The multi-lingual ads have been attacked with paintballs and 'refugees welcome' tags. Dan's take: freedom of movement is good, especia ...…
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Homophobic violence Unemployment rate falling Activist Ateş receives award BER
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Weekend demos Club scene noise protection New Ubahn trains
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Coordinated action against criminal families Uber JUMP rental bikes Poster campaign targeting asylum seekers
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. German lessons prioritized at police academy Fine dust pollution Crayfish infestation Christmas markets opened
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Crime Atlas Crime Atlas – Interactive map BVG opens stations for the homeless after long discussions 1 BVG opens stations for the homeless after long discussions 2 Bundestags funds House of One Public Transport Survey
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Cold relief 1 Cold relief 2 Geisel’s Anti-clan plans SPD summit 1 SPD summit 2 Teenage alcohol abuse
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Police deployment on Rigaer Straße 1 Police deployment on Rigaer Straße 2 Terror protection Murder suspect arrested after 31 years Housing debate
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Special Olympics 2023 “Housing First” Public transport access controls 30 kilos of cocaine confiscated
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Failing police students More Kita spaces available Berlin owes 18m for refugee accommodations No Google campus in Berlin
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Sharing of criminal Arab clan info Greenpeace searches LGBTI certified nursing homes
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Thousands protest right wing demonstration BER chief partly blames regulations for delays Teenagers robbed at Mauerpark
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Müller and Wieland warn of growing anti-semitism Tourism and hotels in Kreuzberg Bießmann expelled from AfD group
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Nationwide searches related to color campaign at “Großer Stern” Major funding for Museum für Naturkunde 5000 tips on teacher denunciation portal Right-extremist November 9th demo banned
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. (update the date!!!!!!)Good morning, this is Abby with your daily Berlin Briefing for Wedensday, November 7th, 2018. On this day in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art opened to the public in New York City. Smuggling gang 1 Smuggling gang 2 Future of TXL Parking violations Casino robbery…
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Dangerous objects ban November 9th demo ban International investors Berlin dogs
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Berlin stays start-up capital Homophobic violence report Mayor for decriminalization of fare evaders Automated luggage check-in for Easyjet passengers
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Tablets for prisoners Rotten classroom containers Taxi drivers vs. Uber Stones thrown at BVG bus
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Siemens campus FlixTrain M10 extension Cyclist attacks bus driver
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Hartz IV benefits Fare evaders Berlin foundation terminates Deutsche Bank account Taxi fare surcharges
 
Pedestrians in Berlin have had enough of being overrun by both cars and bikes. They're campaigning for better sidewalks and street crossings. We talk to a pedestrian activist who is hopping mad about being walked over: Roland Stimpel from FUSS, the Organization for Pedestrian Protection. Is Mauerpark a beloved cultural hotspot or a noisy nuisan ...…
 
We record live at Floating University, a temporary structure built over a hidden resevior near Hasenheide. Dan describes it as "Burning Man meets Waterworld." Gang war breaks out on the streets of Berlin. A crime boss has been shot dead at Tempelhof Park on a Sunday afternoon. Have police stirred up a hornet’s nest as they crack down on crimina ...…
 
TV series Babylon Berlin is searching for 3000 extras, but bearded men need not apply. You must be over 1.86 meters tall and be prepared to get a 1920s haircut. Maisie is thrilled about the mass make-over of Berlin blokes. Sign up at Agentur Filmgesichter. The Berlin Wall is being rebuilt to create a totalitarian theme park in Mitte. The art pr ...…
 
Our annual outdoor recording at the Mobile Kino Lakeside Film Festival at Klingemühle in Brandenburg. Now in its fifth year, the event many improvements - a new name, a new stage, more guests and more fun all round. Like playing card games while camping? Our guest Julia Weiss tells us what it's like to work for a card game company. Julia is the ...…
 
Berlin’s scorching summer is breaking records. Earlier this week the city experienced its hottest night ever, with a minimum of 25°C. The city’s trees are suffering, and residents are being asked to go out and water them. U-Bahns are getting noisier, as there's no moisture to lubricate between the metal wheels and tracks. The drains are stinkin ...…
 
A Berlin man who has been in a coma for four months has been identified because someone recognized a photograph of his house keys. The 74-year was found unconscious in a Wilmersdorf park after apparently having an accident while jogging in March, carrying only his keys. A police operation to test all the locks in the area failed. Publishing a p ...…
 
Are you paying too much rent? Probably: 70% of Berlin landlords are illegally overcharging, says lawyer Daniel Halmer of WenigerMiete.de. He’s offering a no-win no-fee service to fight your landlord for a rent reduction. He’s helped people save up to €600 a month. Tricks landlords use include overstating apartment size by up to 30%. Everybody w ...…
 
A video of black people being kicked out of KFC at Alexanderplatz raises question. Is it illegal to call police racist? Can police delete videos from your phone? We've got the answers. Support group Reachout says the incident was clearly racist. The police say they were following KFC's request. KFC is standing by their actions. Want to get fit ...…
 
What will it take to get Berliners to pickup trash - the offer of a free beer, perhaps? The Big Görlitzer Clean Up happens on July 7. Organizer Lubomila Jordanova from the group Plan A tells us how they plan to incentivise volunteer cleaners. Empty flats in Neukölln? They do exist. Unfortunately they're being kept empty on purpose. Activists sq ...…
 
Sick of cars parking in bike lanes? Write own parking tickets during Falschparker Aktionswoche, which starts on May 28. Illegal parkers are fined just €20 in Berlin if caught, while the EU average is €100. You can use an app called Wegeheld to report drivers to the authorities, if you don’t mind being called a Spießer. Trees in Berlin parks are ...…
 
A special live recording of the fourth and (maybe) last episode. Take a tour of all four of Berlin’s under-construction, out-of-use, falling-apart and over-capacity airports. Each has had a part to play in the story of how Berlin fucked up an airport. At BER, we hear the airport company's side of the story: damn high regulations got in the way, ...…
 
Chris Dercon has resigned from the Volksbuehne Theater, just six months into the job, and following a lot of fuss over his appointment. It seems he had failed to secure enough sponsorship money to pay the bills. Joel says he wasn't given a fair chance. Konrad says he was always wrong for the job. The AFD tried to shut down Berghain, complaining ...…
 
Two men who killed a goat in the Hasenheide petting zoo have been sentenced to 10 months in jail. Their lawyer said they were hungry, and argued for leniency as they only took one leg. Also, all meat eaters are animal killers, he said. Another Berlin ban has been overturned by a court. Horses and carriages will be allowed back in front of the B ...…
 
How much do Berlin’s bottle collectors earn? Our guest Wouter Bernhardt has done the math - it's a measly €150 a month. He thinks it amounts to a form of socially accepted poverty. Wouter is host of the Berlinology podcast. Listen to the full episode of 'The Bottle Collector' here: http://viertausendhertz.de/bln02/ The Berlin Senate has changed ...…
 
Bike thefts are down 11% in Berlin. Just over 30,000 bikes were reported stolen in the past year, 4000 less than the year before. Has the flood of shared bikes helped? There’s been a cherry tree massacre at the Garten der Welt in Marzahn. Seventeen cherry trees were chopped down on Sunday. The kirchbäume were the garden's biggest drawcard each ...…
 
Film director Karim Ainouz tells us what life was really like for refugees living in Tempelhof airport. His documentary "Zentralflughafen THF" was filmed in the camp, which recently closed. Could public transport in Germany soon be free? The federal government suggested this as a way of reducing air pollution from diesel cars. What would Berlin ...…
 
BER has been built twice - the first time incorrectly, the second time incompletely. We hear from Marco, an engineer who worked on site. Employees were busy stealing copper instead of fixing the fire system. Some managers got rich taking bribes. Informers had their coffee poisoned. Joel and Jöran drive out to the unfinished BER terminal to insp ...…
 
Days away from the planned 2012 opening party, nothing seemed amiss at BER. What was really going on? On this episode, we look at how the airport managers and politicians were messing with the plans, even as construction was underway. They demanded a 70% increase in terminal space to add hundreds of extra shops, and requested special double sto ...…
 
Germans throw out one truck's worth of good food each minute. SirPlus is a supermarket that sells groceries that are past their best-before date but are still edible. Founder Raphael Fellmer joins us with a basket of typical products from his shelves. You can visit the shop at Wilmersdorfer Staße 59. Or you can order a home delivery box at: htt ...…
 
The number of public bikes in Berlin increased to 6200 this week when Chinese company Mobike placed 700 of their orange and silver bicycles on the streets. They’re not to be confused with O-Bike, a Singaporean company which introduced 500 yellow-framed bikes just a few weeks earlier. In other cities, Mobike gives users credits for reporting bro ...…
 
Dodgy Berlin real estate deals have been discovered in the Paradise Papers. According to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, a company called Phoenix Spree based on the Isle of Jersey has been buying Berlin property, forcing out tenants, putting up the rent, then sending the profits to offshore accounts where they pay little tax. Wondering why rents are ...…
 
Almost 200 cyclists blocked traffic on Oranienstraße in a protest after a cyclist was doored and seriously injured. O-Straße is the third most dangerous street for cyclists in Berlin. What would happen if we painted our own bike lane? Over 34,000 bicycles worth almost €20 million are stolen annually in Berlin, only 3.5 percent are recovered. Ai ...…
 
Storm Xavier lashed Berlin with winds of 120 kilometres an hour on October 5. Public transport and flights were cancelled for most of the day, and regional train lines were cut for several days. Five people died from falling trees and car accidents, and 18 flamingos at the Berlin Zoo didn’t make it through the storm. How do storms get their nam ...…
 
Comedian and journalist Drew Portnoy tells us about his return to Berlin after several years away. The city has grown by the equivalent of two Bonns in that time and is feeling much fuller. Berlin-based refugee rescue charity Jugend Rettet is in trouble. The organization's boat has been impounded by Italian authorities. Jugend Rettet says they ...…
 
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