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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. Racial profiling Aspire business practices “Jelbi” booking platform
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Municipal housing goals Xenophobic attacks against teenagers Clan crime Club scene
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Wednesday and Friday warning strikes Withdrawal from coal power Hours lost in Berlin traffic Shisha bar closures
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Prenzlauer Berg stabbing 1 Prenzlauer Berg stabbing 2 Kino “International” attack Police Academy changes Surveillance cameras
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. More than 250 cars damaged Germania insolvency aftermath Housing industry arms itself against referendum Fair fruit and vegetables for Berliner Tafel
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Teacher strikes possible on February 13th Counting the homeless Forced marriage Lethal fires
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Attack at Alex Ubahn Deutsche Bahn hiring Commuting to Berlin Government subsidies for children
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Germania bankruptcy 1 Germania bankruptcy 2 Dresdner Bahn Bullying case
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Police investigating teenager suicide Suicide prevention help in English Taxi drivers feel threatened by Berlkönig Agitating pensioner sentenced Rescue workers attacked
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Memorial for persecuted homosexuals vandalized Politically motivated car arson Bullying leads to suicide
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Unemployment numbers Amazon office damaged Lower metro frequencies Begegnungszonen trial will end prematurely Welcome, Mati & Schlemmingway
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Seized weapons Homeless camp Recommunalizing Berlin apartments
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Bürger*innen-Asyl initative 1 Bürger*innen-Asyl initative 2 High-speed-bike lanes starting in 2022 Money transporter heist raid
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Tram troubles Berlin attractiveness for students Strikes
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Fridays for future demo Constitutional complaint on video surveillance Left street party escalates TÜV critical on BER progress
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. School construction offensive Siegfriedstraße cycle path Weapons smuggling gang
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. New Google office Airport security wage negotiations BVG crisis management Tegel prison escape attempts
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Kältehilfe Neukölln arson attacks, part 2 Coalition disputes over BVG Pankow playgrounds
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Fireworks ban Neukölln arson attacks, part 1 5G New public holiday
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Increase of flu infections Mayor Müller criticizes BVG Demo for agricultural change Heart beat detectors for prisons
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Air pollution Cigarette smugglers Lila Bäcker insolvent Public pool renovations RIP, Bun Bun
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Reexamining TXL’s future Germs on Airplanes Federal Chancellery extension “Volkslehrer” Nikolai N.
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Goodie bags for the homeless Airport security strikes English shop closes because of Brexit Alexanderplatz fire Smuggled snake
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Political vandalism 1 Political vandalism 2 Hafen stays open Detours due to excavation E-Auto charging points
 
Local News in English. Every Weekday. Increase of social gap in Mitte ATM skimming Homeless man dead at Moritzplatz Car and pram fires 1 Car and pram fires 2
 
Are you one of the 34% of Berliners who enjoy the fireworks free-for-all on New Years Eve? Or one of the 62% who are sick of it? Local Green party politician Georg Kössler says it's time Berlin regulated the mayhem. He tells us how city's political system has failed to tackle this annual problem. Guest Konrad Werner drops in to tell us what's c ...…
 
Coliving is booming in Berlin. There are 15 buildings renting serviced rooms with 'community, flexibility and diversity.' But are they just overpriced dormitories? Maisie Hitchcock went to find out. Can we solve the housing crisis by seizing property from private owners? One group is promoting revolution via referendum. We hear from Thomas McGa ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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