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The American Academy in Berlin presents the Winter 2016 edition of "Berlin Journal," a radio show featuring interviews with current Academy Fellows, distinguished visitors, and friends on a broad range of topics interviewed by American and German journalists.
Joinhosts hosts R. Jay Magill and Ashley Bamford as they present interviews with writer and Holtzbrinck Fellow Mary Cappello, medical historian and Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow Monica Green, historian and Siemens Fellow Robin Einhorn, and writer and Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow Anthony Marra.
The "Berlin Journal" winter 2016 edition aired on NPR Berlin on Saturday, January 16, at 7pm, and Monday, January 18, at 8am.
An interview with Gerhard Casper, president of the American Academy in Berlin, with host Michael Groth, from July 25, 2015. (German)
The spring 2015 edition of "Berlin Journal," which aired on May 30 and June 1, 2015, on NPR Berlin (104.1 FM), features an interview with Atlantic journalist Jeffrey Goldberg and his take on the Obama Administration’s foreign policy in the Middle East, excerpts from New York Times columnist Tom Friedman’s Academy lecture on surviving in fast-paced world, and a conversation between host Jeff Rosenberg and historian Sean Wilentz on the American anti-slavery movement and its historical drivers. The show concludes with poet Mary Jo Bang reading from her latest Bauhaus-inspired collection of poetry. We also hear from composer Elliott Sharp and artist Sanford Biggers on their impressions of Berlin.
The fall 2014 edition of "Berlin Journal," which aired on January 3 and 5, 2015, on NPR Berlin (104.1 FM), features coverage of the American Academy in Berlin's twentieth anniversary celebration, with remarks thoughtful and emotional by keynote speakers Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Bard College president, Leon Botstein, and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, an Academy trustee. Then, former Academy dean of fellows Wolf Schäfer sits down with fall 2014 fellow Monica Black to talk about a curious postwar German faith healer named Bruno Gröning, and novelist and Adam Ross gives a dramatic reading from his novel-in-progress, Playworld, and talks with host R. Jay Magill about the craft and cunning of creating fiction.
The spring 2014 edition of the "Berlin Journal" covers the diplomatic trajectory of Richard C. Holbrooke, who founded the American Academy in Berlin in 1994, as outgoing US ambassador to Germany. Through the decades of his career, Holbrooke handled many of the most seemingly hopeless tasks on American diplomacy’s to-do list, including the 1995 Dayton Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia. He developed a reputation as a formidable force and became a key player in Hillary Clinton's State Department, serving as Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Holbrooke's death, in December of 2010, was a devastating loss to American diplomacy. On this edition of the "Berlin Journal," we'll learn about the American Academy's dynamic new initiative, the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum, a think-tank designed to help carry on the bold problem-solving skills that marked his distinguished career. Featuring interviews with president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass; Russia expert Angela Stent; foreign-policy scholar Michael Ignatieff; former US ambassador John Kornblum; executive director of the Academy, Gary Smith; and journalist and author Kati Marton, among others.