A Visit to NPR
In March, about 12 of us were privileged to be able to visit the NPR studios in Berlin.
National Public Radio (NPR) serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the US. NPR Berlin is their first and only international member station, and started broadcasting on 104.1FM in 2006. They feature award-winning NPR programming, and also broadcast locally produced programs.
Some of the NPR Berlin staff gave us a very informative overview of the station’s history and programming. We were then able to see their studios and to learn a bit about how the local programs are made. Some of us even had the opportunity to record a short sample piece, and to be interviewed for their “voice on the street” slot on current issues.
After the visit to the NPR studios, we enjoyed lunch together at a nearby restaurant.
Thank you very much to the group coordinators, Mary Lynn and Maria, for all your hard work by preparing this very interesting activity!
BIWC member Bayta
The German Speakers Group
Every two weeks on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00 we meet in a nice café and read interesting texts or articles on different topics. The group coordinators, Barbara (right) and Marlies (left), always find a suitable article with very beautiful, yet easy to understand language.
Sometimes they invite us to their own homes, for example to celebrate Christmas in a family environment or to enjoy the summer on a lovely terrace.
Last time, member Elena invited us to her home. She had done a lot of work and had baked tasty quiche and two Alsatian style fruit cakes.
But, of course, as always, we adhered “strictly” to the good German virtue: First work and then pleasure. With the promise of the cake in mind we concentrated on our article Verkaufen wir den BER einfach an die Chinesen, a gloss with humor and satire by Peter von Becker. After the exciting article, we enjoyed delicious French quiche and cakes with coffee and tea. All this tasted so good and so authentic that all the ladies felt that they were in France.
We thank Elena very much for the warm and “sweet” reception. We thank Marlies and Barbara very much for the organization of this beautiful and interesting German Speakers Group. Many ladies also have the impression that our German, especially our reading ability, is making great progress over time. We are all looking forward to the next German Speakers Group meeting.
BIWC member Jinping