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"Talking Germany - The German Way of Life." The show takes an entertaining and informative look at what makes Germans tick, what they think and how they feel.
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Talking Germany: Jennifer Teege, Grandaughter of Nazi war criminal Amon GĂ¶th
Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Dec 2, 2013
At the age of 38, Jennifer Teege discovered by chance that she is the granddaughter of Amon GĂ¶th, the notorious Nazi concentration camp commander depicted in the movie 'Schindlers Liste.'
On Talking Germany, she'll be looking back at the day her life changed, recalling her childhood in a home and growing up in a foster family.
Born in Munich in 1970, Jennifer Teege's mother was Monika GĂ¶th, the daughter of Amon GĂ¶th, a reviled concentration camp commander who was executed in Poland in 1946. Her biological father was a Nigerian who had come to Germany to study. Her parents split up very soon and Jennifer's mother, traumatized by her family background, handed her daughter over to a children's home. At first, she would visit her regularly and take her to see her grandmother, Ruth Irene Kalder, Amon GĂ¶th's partner. It was only decades later that Jennifer realized who her family was - after she happened across a book in a library. She was adopted at the age of 7 and grew up in Munich with two blonde brothers. The family never talked about the fact she was adopted and acted as though there was nothing unusual about her background. But at the age of 20, she began to suffer from depression, which got progressively worse. She tried all sorts of therapies but nothing helped. Nor did extensive travel. After finishing school, she went to France, where she studied at the Sorbonne. Then she went to Israel, where she fell in love and stayed for five years, learning Hebrew and pursuing a course in Middle Eastern and African Studies. When the relationship ended she returned to Germany and worked in advertising. She met her current partner in Hamburg and had two children. Her life seemed very normal - until one day, a chance discovery turned it upside down.
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Talking Germany: Martina Gedeck, Actress Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Nov 25, 2013
Berlin-based actress Martina Gedeck rapidly rose to fame in Germany thanks to her versatile acting skills.
International audiences have also come to know her through her appearances in films like The Lives of Others and The Good Shepherd. On Talking Germany, Gedeck talks about her current film projects, her nomadic lifestyle and her idea of home.
Martina Gedeck was born in Munich in 1961 and spent her first years in Landshut. In 1971 she and her family moved to Berlin. She started acting in children's shows on television at the age of eleven. She started studying literature and history but soon gave that up, and instead studied acting. She graduated in 1986.
Her career took off swiftly and she has worked in many genres on the stage, in film and on television. She has performed in many films in several languages. Her biggest international hit to date is The Life of Others about love and betrayal in the old East Germany.
Her personal life has been marked by tragedy: Her then boyfriend, the actor Ulrich Wildgruber, killed himself in 1999.
Martina Gedeck lives in Berlin but describes herself as a nomad. Download File - 141.8 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Guest: Peter Craven, Journalist and Presenter Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Nov 18, 2013
British-born Peter Craven has been interviewing personalities from all walks of life for five years. The 250th guest on Talking Germany is none other then Peter himself.
In this anniversary issue of Talking Germany, Hajo Schumacher will be asking the questions and Peter Craven is in the hot seat. He'll be talking about his life and work, and the two colleagues will take a look back at past shows
Peter Craven was born in 1958 in the northern English city of Huddersfield. His Scottish mother was born near Edinburgh. His father was a soldier, who fought against the Germans in World War Two and was also stationed in a number of different countries during his career in the British army. As a result, Peter spent part of his childhood in countries, such as Bahrain and Hongkong. For a while, he went to boarding school. After leaving school, Peter did a degree in political science in England. He first came to Berlin to visit his father, who was stationed for a while in West Berlin during the Cold War, and came to love the city.
Peter experienced at first hand the fall of the Berlin Wall, a historic event that still looks back on with emotion today. He was among the first people to clamber on top of the Wall on that momentous night. After moving to the city, he worked as a translator before joining Deutsche Welle in the 1990s where he became a news presenter and political correspondent. Five years ago, Peter Craven also became the host of Talking Germany. He also chairs conferences and translates. Peter Craven lives with his wife, who is also a journalist, and his two children in Berlin. Download File - 184.1 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Innegrit Volkhardt, General Manager Bayerischer Hof Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Nov 11, 2013
The Bayerischer Hof in Munich is one of the top luxury hotels in Germany. For the last 21 years, it's been run by Innegrit Volkhardt, who hosts world-class events such as the Munich Security Conference and the German Film Ball. On Talking Germany, she talks about the family business and how to deal with the international jet set and famous guests.
In her school holidays, Innegrit Volkhardt used to earn extra pocket money at the Bayerischer Hof. In 1994, her father Falk Volkhardt passed on the running of the hotel to her - just two days after she had received her degree in business studies. She now owns and manages the Bayerischer Hof in Munich, the Hotel zur Tenne in KitzbĂĽhel and wine merchants GebrĂĽder Volkhardt.
In 2001, she was named German businesswoman of the year by Veuve Clicquot and hotelier of the year by a German trade magazine in (2002). She has also received a string of awards for her services to Bavaria and a prestigious gastronomy award. In short: She is the leading lady of the Bavarian hotel trade -- even Germany's hotel trade! Download File - 166.6 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Rafael Seligmann, Writer and Journalist Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Nov 4, 2013
Rafael Seligmann does not shy away from controversy. In his novels, newspaper articles and other non-fiction publications, the 66-year-old has called for a normalization of German-Jewish relations. His parents fled Nazi Germany, but returned to the country in 1957 together with their Israeli-born son.
On Talking Germany Seligmann also discusses Jewish Voice From Germany, a quarterly newspaper he founded in 2012.
Rafael Seligmann is a well-connected man with contacts in politics, business and the media. He's also the man behind the Jewish Voice From Germany, an English-language quarterly. Its initial print run of 30,000 has already risen to 50,000 and it's read all over the world - especially in the US.
Rafael Seligmann sees the rebirth of Jewish life in Germany as the ultimate victory over Nazi barbarity. Born in Tel Aviv in 1947, he grew up in Munich and witnessed the normalization of German-Jewish relations first-hand. After giving up a traineeship as a television technician, he studied history and politics after getting a school leaving certificate at evening school, and wrote a doctorate in 1982 on Israel's security policy. He became a journalist and a political adviser and has also written essays and novels about the German-Jewish experience. Rafael Seligmann has three children and lives with his second wife, Elisabeth Seligmann, in Berlin. Download File - 140.2 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Werner Aisslinger, Designer Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Oct 28, 2013
49-year-old Werner Aisslinger is one of Germany's highest-profile designers. His works have found their way into many top museums the world over, among them New York City's Museum of Modern Art.
Born in NĂ¶rdlingen, Bavaria, he's made his home in Berlin. To him, product design means above all technological progress. On Talking Germany, Werner Aisslinger discusses his vision of how we'll be living in the future.
The Loftcube, designed in 2003 by Werner Aisslinger, is a 39m2 mobile residence. It has since become a trendsetter for modular living. The New York Times described the prototype as a radical, future-oriented concept for the big-city lifestyle. An invitation to the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice was soon to follow. In January, 2014 the respected architecture journal "A&W Architektur&Wohnen" will be honoring Werner Aisslinger as Designer of the Year in recognition of his life's work. Aisslingerâ€™s creations serve as vehicles in his constantly search for solutions for the major issues of the future. One example is his design for a kitchen where food is grown as well as cooked.
He uses innovative materials with a view to saving resources and extending products' service lives. These days, Werner Aisslinger shuttles from continent to continent. With more and more of his clients coming from Asia, he has set up a small project office in Singapore. He jets around the world two or three days a week, and the rest of the time, he lives and works close to his two children in Berlin. Download File - 160.7 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Michael Wigge, TV Reporter and Author Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Oct 21, 2013
Michael Wigge will be familiar to DW TV fans from his series on the daily show Euromaxx, which recently took him across the whole of Germany on a scooter.
He's also published a book about his experiences as a roving reporter. On "Talking Germany," he'll be discussing what it is that makes him keep seeking new adventures
Michael Wigge was born in a small town in eastern Germany in 1976. After graduating from high school, he was able to complete his alternative civilian (instead of military) service in the United States. His next stop was London, where he studied filmmaking. Since 2003 he has been a roving reporter for a variety of TV shows. Wigge is often presenter and cameraman in one - a dyed-in-the-wool video journalist who has won many awards for his informative and entertaining brand of reporting.
His adventures have ranged from travelling to the "end of the worldâ€ť without any money to bartering his way to getting a house in Hawaii in 200 days. His unconventional and unflinching approach normally gets Michael Wigge to his destination. His biggest dream is a trip into outer space. For the time being, however, heâ€™s happy to keep on globetrotting. Download File - 184.6 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Westbam, DJ / Celebrity DJ Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Oct 14, 2013
Maximilian Lenz, alias Westbam, is a well-known DJ on the international techno scene. For 30 years the 48 year old has been playing his electronic beats at rave events around the world. On Talking Germany the native Westphalian reveals the art of writing a rave hymn and talks about his latest album "GĂ¶tterstrasseâ€ť featuring numerous international stars.
Maximilian Lenz was born in MĂĽnster in 1965. His father was a professor of art, his mother taught it. Maximilian himself applied to art school after finishing school but was turned down. Instead he moved to Berlin and began studying Catholic theology. But he also threw himself into the city's nightlife, DJing at the trendy "Metropol" club and experimenting with electronic sounds to create what he called "Record Art." It was the mid-1980s and 'sampling' was becoming increasingly popular. He eventually hit the big time as a DJ, gaining international fame with memorable appearances at high-profile events such as the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, where he was sent by the Goethe Institute. In 1991 he co-produced the first Mayday and played a key role in the emerging rave scene. He's the only DJ to have played at every single Love Parade. He's recorded tracks for the European soccer championship josted by Belgium and the Netherlands and on his latest record, "GĂ¶tterstraĂźe," he invited a host of illustrious musicians to join him - including Iggy Pop. Maximilian Lenz is married and has two children, and lives in Berlin's fashionable Prenzlauer Berg district. Download File - 127.8 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Jana Pareigis, TV Presenter & Journalist Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Oct 7, 2013
Jana Pareigis is one of the faces of DWâ€™s German-language Journal news show. Since July 2010 the 32 year old has been a presenter for the German foreign broadcaster's flagship news program. The Hamburg-born moderator with German, Swedish and Zimbabwean roots studied political science and African studies. We speak with her on Talking Germany about issues of identity and cultural diversity. Download File - 140.1 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Natalia Avelon, Actress and Singer Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Sep 30, 2013
Natalia Avelon's breakthrough role was as 'sixties icon Uschi Obermaier in the 2007 movie "Das Wilde Leben," released in English as "Eight Miles High." She also recorded a song for the soundtrack and scored a major hit with her version of the classic ballad "Summer Wine".
Now 33, she remains in demand both as an actress and a singer. On "Talking Germany," she'll be discussing her plans for the future.
Natalia Avelon was born in Poland in 1980, still the Cold War era. She grew up with her family in WrocĹ‚aw, and enjoyed a very normal childhood. But when she was eight, she and her parents defected to West Germany. At first, they lived in a home for asylum seekers in Baden-WĂĽrttemberg, which she remembers as quite an adventure. Natalia settled in easily, even though she couldn't speak a word of German. She liked school and had no trouble making friends, also joining a sports club. She studied theater after finishing school and began landing work as a model and appearing in commercials. A role in a TV soap marked her debut as an actress. In 2014, she'll be appearing in Doris DĂ¶rrie's movie "Alles Inklusive." Natalia Avelon lives in Berlin. Download File - 169.1 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Dieter Kosslick, Director, Berlin International Film Festival Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Sep 23, 2013
Everyone expects Dieter Kosslick, as director of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale, to get stars on the red carpet. At the same time, as head curator, heâ€™s expected to make sure the choice of films has enough depth.
On Talking Germany, the 65-year-old, who was born in Pforzheim, explains how he positions the worldâ€™s largest publicly attended festival to compete with the major festivals in Cannes and Venice.
Dieter Kosslick was just three months old when his father died in an industrial accident. His mother raised him alone in the post-war West Germany. After studying communications, politics and education, he took a position as speechwriter and office manager for Hamburg mayor Hans-Ulrich Klose, in 1979. Three years later he was appointed editor at â€śthe influential leftist politics magazine "konkretâ€ť . In 1983, he made the leap to film production. In the 90s he transformed the North Rhine-Westfalia film foundation into the leading organization of its kind in Germany, and the second-largest in Europe. Since 2001, he's run the Berlin International Film Festival, breathing new life into the festival and promoting German films and up-and-coming talent. As a member of the â€śslow foodâ€ť movement, heâ€™s helped launch the Culinary Cinema section. Dieter Kosslick lives in Berlin with Wilma Harzenetter, a film producer, and their son. Download File - 146.0 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Dieter Overath, Managing Director of TransFair Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Sep 16, 2013
Dieter Overath founded the non-profit organization TransFair in 1992. The organization supports fair trade with developing counties and awards the Fair Trade seal in Germany. The organization's founder says Germany is still a developing country when it comes to fair trade. On Talking Germany, Dieter Overath talks about his ideas on how to get Germans to abandon their "greed is good" mentalility.
Dieter Overath was born in Cologne in 1954. His father was a postman. After leaving school he joined the army for four years. But his anger over NATOâ€™s decision deploy medium-range missiles led him to nail his military ID to the door of Cologne Cathedral. He went to night school and later studied business administration. Even then he knew he did not want a classical career in the business sector. Instead, he went to Latin America. After returning to Germany he founded a vocational school for unemployed youths in Gummersbach where he worked as an instructor for seven years. In his free time he managed theater groups and organized festivals, as well as being active in Amnesty International. Then Overath saw a want ad from an association of small farmers looking for a managing director. At the time he already had two job offers, one of them a well-paying post at the EU commission in Brussels. However he chose to take the job with the shakiest future and joined the consortium of small coffee farmers. That developed into the famous fair trade insignia that is now familiar to around 70 percent of Germans. TransFair neither buys nor sells, but awards its certification. Today fair trade products are on offer in 36,000 stores and 18,000 restaurants in Germany. Vendors pay a small license fee for the right to use the logo. When he goes shopping, Dieter Overath often moves the fair trade products to the front of the supermarket shelves. The avid jogger and fan of 1. FC KĂ¶ln soccer club lives in Cologne. He has two daughters. Download File - 146.5 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Katja Kraus, Ex-Football Manager & Author Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Sep 9, 2013
An exception in the male-dominated world of professional football, Katja Kraus was long a board member of the Bundesliga football club Hamburg. At 42, she can look back on an active career as well.
As goalkeeper on FSV Frankfurt's women's team, she won the German championship three times and, as a member of the German national team, was runner-up in the World Cup in 1995. On Talking Germany, she describes what it's like to have power and then lose it. Download File - 165.1 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Manfred Schmidt, President of the BAMF Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Sep 2, 2013
For three years, Manfred Schmidt has been head of the BAMF, the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, in Nuremberg. In 2013, the BAMF is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding. For Talking Germany, it's the perfect occasion to talk to its president about problems and successes in Germany's asylum and refugee policies.
On a personal level, 54-year-old Schmidt is enthusiastic about photography, another topic on the show.
Manfred Schmidt moved his main residence from Berlin to Nuremberg when he took over as head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. More than 2000 employees throughout the country work for the BAMF. They help immigrants and asylum seekers as they start their new lives in Germany. Since 2005 the focus has been on promoting the integration of immigrants into German society. A lawyer, Manfred Schmidt was born in Frankfurt in 1959 and began his career as a civil servant in 1990 at the Federal Interior Ministry, first in Bonn, then in Berlin. Since heâ€™s been president of the BAMF in Nuremberg, he and his wife have led a commuterâ€™s life, because she still works in the German capital, where their grown-up children also live. Manfred Schmidt wants Germany to be an open society where immigrants are welcome. Only then, in his opinion, can the country solve the demographic problems that it will face in the coming decades. At 54, he pursues his hobby, photography, ambitiously, even though he has little time for it in his current position. Download File - 170.5 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Alfred Ritter, Chocolate Manufacturer Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Aug 26, 2013
Alfred Ritter heads Germany's second biggest chocolate company, especially known for its Ritter Sport brand. The family business was founded in Stuttgart in 1912, and its chocolate squares later became known all over Germany.
On Talking Germany, Alfred Ritter talks about his own beginnings as a psychotherapist with his own practice, and assuming the leadership of the company. Alfred Ritter GmbH now exports to the whole world.
Alfred Ritter was born in 1953 in Stuttgart. He studied economics and psychology and became a psychotherapist in Heidelberg. When the venerable family company was going downhill in the mid-1980s, Ritter gave up his practice and became chairman of the advisory board. Despite a few setbacks, he managed to get the company back on course and expand its international business.
In addition, Ritter is committed to environmental protection, with a solar technology company. He received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his dedication and in 1997 was honored as eco-manager of the year. Parallel to that, he funds development projects for small-scale cocoa farmers, with considerable amounts of his own money. Early this year, Germany's cartel office fined the Ritter company for alleged price fixing. Alfred Ritter denies the allegatins. He is married and has two sons and a daughter. Download File - 179.2 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: David Wagner, Writer Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Aug 19, 2013
David Wagner has for some time been considered one of the leading writers of his generation - a status reinforced by recently winning the prestigious Leipzig Book Fair Prize for his novel "Lebenâ€ť.
On Talking Germany the 42-year-old discusses the serious auto-immune disease that threatened his life and became the inspiration for his latest book. He also describes his new life after an organ transplant.
David Wagner was born in 1971 in Andernach. He has three sisters and a brother. At the age of 14, he was diagnosed as having chronic autoimmune hepatitis. Despite the massive impact on his life, he graduated from high school and studied comparative literature and art history at universities in Bonn, Berlin and Paris.Â Â
His first novel, "My Midnight-Blue Trousers," was critically acclaimed and received the Dedalus Prize for Contemporary Literature. Five further books followed. Critics praise the intensity of his descriptions and his precise observation. As a young man, David Wagner was an enthusiastic yachtsman and, together with his brother, won several German championships in regatta sailing.Â sailing. He lives in Berlin and has a daughter. Download File - 139.4 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Mario Adorf, Actor and Author Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Jul 29, 2013
He has played heroes and villains, lovers and killers. For round 60 years, Mario Adorf has wowed audiences from the stage, on television, and in movies. He worked only briefly in Hollywood, but the meanwhile 82-year-old had a large role in shaping European cinema. On "Talking Germany", the German-Italian speaks about his path from lowly beginnings to the spotlight.
Few actors can look back on a career as long and successful as Mario Adorf's. The 82-year-old has acted in more than 200 different roles in films, on television, and on stage. On top of that, he is a successful book author and entertainer.
Soon after he completed acting school, he wowed audiences as the serial killer Bruno LĂĽdke in the 1957, Oscar-nominated drama, "Nights, When the Devil Came". From then on, he was often cast as a murderer, crook, or other villain. He drew international attention, making Hollywood westerns in the United States and spaghetti westerns in Italy. In the 1970s, he and a new wave of German cinema came together. Adorf acted in films directed by Volker SchlĂ¶ndorff and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Mario Adorf was born out of wedlock in Zurich in 1930. His mother moved with him to Mayen in Germany's Eifel region, where the single mother earned a livelihood as a seamstress. Financial straits forced her to place him in an orphanage for a few years. Only once in his life did Mario Adorf meet his father, a married surgeon from southern Italy.
Mario Adorf lived in Rome for almost 40 years, trying to be more Italian than the Italians and seeking a homeland and an identity. In 2004, he ended this period of his life and moved away from Rome.
Monique Faye has been his life partner for more than 40 years -- and his wife since 1985. They spend most of their time in Paris and Munich.
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Talking Germany: Michael Hoffmann, Cook and Gardener Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Jul 22, 2013
Michael Hoffmann runs the restaurant Margaux, not far from the Brandenburg Gate in the middle of Berlin. He has cooked up a Michelin star and 18 points in Gault&Millau. The vegetables come from his own garden, just outside of Berlin, where he raises some that are not longer found in markets. Michael Hoffmann speaks with us about cooking and gardening on "Talking Germany".
Plenty of vegetables, herbs, and fruits -- little meat and little fish. That's Michael Hoffmann's philosophy of the kitchen. Restaurant critics regard him as an especially creative avant-garde cook. Michael Hoffmann was born in Dillenberg in the state of Hessen in 1967. His grandmother taught him that cooking and gardening go together -- and how to excel at home-cooking. At the age of 29, he was already the chef at the restaurant Haerlin in Hamburg's five-star hotel, the Vier Jahreszeiten. He has been cooking in Berlin's elegant Margaux restaurant since 2000, and in 2003 he and his wife became its owners. Michael Hoffmann gets inspiration for his vegetable dishes in his garden in the countryside outside of Berlin. Everything he harvests there is served in his restaurant. In the winter, he uses home-made preserves. For Michael Hoffmann's efforts in cultivating old kinds of vegetables, the gourmet association Slow Food accepted him in the "Arche des Geschmacks" (the Ark of Taste), a project launched to preserve biodiversity among cultivated plants and domestic animals. And Michael Hoffmann, whose visiting card reads "Cook and Gardener", is very proud of that induction.
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Talking Germany: Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General of CERN Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Jul 15, 2013
Physicist Rolf-Dieter Heuer is searching for "what holds the world together at its center" -- as he once described his passion for research in an interview.
As Director General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN near Geneva, the 65-year-old has the best equipment to do just that: a 27-kilometer-long particle acclerator. With it, CERN is seeking the Higgs boson or Higgs particle, which is postulated as the last undiscovered building block of subatomic matter. On "Talking Germany", presenter Peter Craven explores the world of particle physics with Rolf-Dieter Heuer.
Rolf-Dieter Heuer took on his post as director general at CERN in 2009, when the Swiss-based laboratory was going through a difficult phase. The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator had broken down shortly after it going online for the first time. The financial crisis was also putting pressure on the budget at the time. Heuer, who describes himself as an incurable optimist, steered CERN successfully through its difficulties. He was born in Boll in the state of Baden-WĂĽrttemberg in 1948. His gift for physics attracted notice while he was still at school. He went on to study physics in Stuttgart and got his doctorate in 1977 in Heidelberg. He worked at various institutes in Germany and taught at the University of Hamburg, concentrating on basic research in the field of physics. Although his current position at CERN is more managerial and he himself is not engaged in research there, he sees it as a high point in his career. Rolf-Dieter Heuer lives with his wife in a French town near the border to Switzerland.Â Â
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Talking Germany: Bodo Kirchhoff, Writer Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Jul 8, 2013
Bodo Kirchhoff is one of Germany's great storytellers. His latest novel, "Die Liebe in groben ZĂĽgen," was long-listed for the German Book Prize. In addition the admittedly prolific writer has also penned screenplays and presented a literary chat show on television. On Talking Germany, the 65-year-old author describes, among other things, his love of Italy.
Bodo Kirchhoff was born on July 6, 1948 in Hamburg. In 1955 his family moved to Kirchzarten in the Black Forest. Four years later his parents divorced and Bodo Kirchhof was sent to boarding school. After studying education and psychology at university, he remained in Frankfurt to make his living as a writer. As early as 1978, he signed his first contract with the renowned publishing house Suhrkamp Verlag. His "cinematic writing style" led him to the film industry. He received offers to write scripts for the television series Tatort (Crime Scene) and other TV dramas. He even briefly hosted his own literary televison show. Time and again, Bodo KirchhoffÂ travels abroad for extended periods of time, to places that later appear in his books. One example is his most successful novel, "Infanta," written in 1990. It takes place in the Philippines and hasÂ been translated into 13 languages. Bodo Kirchhoff lives in Frankfurt and on Lake Garda in Italy. There, he and his wife give literature workshops.Â
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Talking Germany: Christian Berkel, Actor Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Jul 1, 2013
Christian Berkel has attracted attention for his appearances in numerous feature films and has worked with many renowned directors, including Ingmar Bergman, Douglas Sirk and Quentin Tarantino.
Heâ€™s also been had leading roles in numerous German television series, and is one of the most popular actors in Germany. On this edition of Talking Germany, the Berlin-born actor speaks with us about his life and career.
Christian Berkelâ€™s acting career got off to a high-profile start when he was cast at the age of 19 by his idol Ingmar Bergman for the movie The Serpentâ€™s Egg. Berkel had always dreamt of becoming an actor, and later graduated from the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin.
The versatile Berkel put his character actor talents to use when portraying former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt in two TV dramas. For his performance in the second - about a real-life terrorist hijacking in the 1970s - he won the prestigious Goldene Kamera award. Berkel became known to international cinema audiences through his part in the Oscar-nominated Downfall, in which he played SS doctor Ernst GĂĽnther Schenck. He also featured in the US-produced WWII movies Valkyrie and Inglourious Basterds.
Berkelâ€™s mother was Jewish and fled Nazi Germany for Argentina until after the war, while his father was a physician with the Germany military. The focus on the Nazi era in many of Berkelâ€™s movies have made them a special personal challenge.
Â 55-year-old Berkel also enjoys working for television. Since 2006 he has had the lead role as a victimologist in the series Der Kriminalist.
Christian Berkel has many interests outside the world of filmmaking. He is an avid follower of contemporary art and design - a passion he shares with his actress wife Andrea Sawatzki. The couple met while filming in 1998 and have two sons. Download File - 161.0 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Senta Berger, Actress and Film Producer Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Jun 24, 2013
"Talking Germany" guest Senta Berger, born in Vienna, Austria, is that rare thing: a German-speaking world star. Now 72 years old, she made films in Hollywood in the 1960s. In the 1970s, she was one of the most familiar faces in European film. Since the '80s, she has been the queen of German television. She often has roles in films directed by her husband, Michael Verhoeven.
Senta Berger was born in Vienna in 1941 and grew up in modest circumstances. At the age of 6, she began started taking lessons in ballet and free dance. At 16, she began acting school at the renowned Max Reinhardt Seminar. But because she accepted a film role, which is against the school's rules, she left the school before completing her studies. In the same year, she signed a 3-year contract with the Theater in der Josefstadt. Her breakthrough came in 1961 when she acted in the film "Operation Caviar". Then, in 1963, she signed a 5-year contract with Columbia Studio in Hollywood, working almost solely in the United States with actors like Kirk and Michael Douglas, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, and Frank Sinatra. Later she acted mostly in French and Italian films because German directors all associated her with the old-style entertainment movies, which they felt were beneath them. In 1965, she and her later husband, the physician and movie director Michael Verhoeven, founded the production company Sentana Film. They have repeatedly worked on joint film and television projects.
In between movie roles, Senta Berger has often acted in the theater, for example at the Salzburg Festspiele, at the Vienna Burgtheater, at the Thalia Theater Hamburg, and at Berlin's Schillertheater. Senta Berger has two grown sons and lives with her husband in Munich. In Berlin, she has a second apartment and has operated an art house cinema with her husband since 1992. Download File - 166.8 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Egon Bahr, SPD Politician and Journalist Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Jun 17, 2013
Journalist and Social Democratic politician Egon Bahr is considered the architect of â€śOstpolitik,â€ť West Germanyâ€™s policies toward the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, starting in the 1960s. His formula of change through rapprochement created the basis for them. On Talking Germany, the 91-year-old talks about his efforts to make the Berlin Wall slightly more penetrable during the Cold War,
his friendship with Willy Brandt and meeting Kennedy in Berlin in 1963.Â Â
Egon Karl-Heinz Bahr was born on March 18, 1922 in Treffurt, in ThĂĽringen, the only son of a teacher and a bank clerk. The family moved from Torgau in Saxony to Berlin in 1938, after his father had been dismissed from his teaching position because he refused to divorce his wife, whose mother was Jewish. Despite that, Bahr served in the military from 1942-1944. He was dismissed in 1944 as unfit for service because of his Jewish grandmother, and until 1954 he was conscripted to work at Rheinmetall-Borsig, which produced weapons. He had actually originally wanted to become a musician, but that was considered an unprofitable artistic profession. So after the end of the war he worked first as a journalist, among other things, reporting for the Berliner Zeitung newspaper, and later as an editor-in-chief at the West Berlin radio station RIAS (Radio in the American Sector). Egon Bahr joined the Social Democrat Party in 1956. In 1960, Willy Brandt, at the time mayor of West Berlin, appointed him to head the cityâ€™s Press and Information Office. In this capacity he was witness to US President John F. Kennedyâ€™s visit to Berlin and his famous words, â€śIch bin ein Berliner.â€ť After Brandt was elected West German chancellor in 1969, Bahr became state secretary in the chancellorâ€™s office and in late October federal commissioner for Berlin. After the 1972 elections, Brandt appointed him to the cabinet as minister for special affairs, which meant he was a regular advisor on all issues involving foreign and security policies. During his professional life he has also been the SPDâ€™s party whip and after 1984, he headed the Institute for Peace Research and Security PolicyInstitute at the University of Hamburg. Egon Bahr lives in Berlin with his third wife. He has three children. Download File - 148.9 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
Talking Germany: Andreas Altmann, Travel Reporter and Writer Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Jun 10, 2013
Andreas Altmann travels the world with very little baggage and a great deal of curiosity, collecting stories. He has filled sixteen books with his experiences and written countless articles. The title of the 63-year-old writerâ€™s latest book translates roughly as a "Userâ€™s Manual for the World.â€ť That will give him plenty of material for discussion with Peter Craven on Talking Germany.
Andreas Altmann was born in and grew up in the Catholic pilgrimage site, AltĂ¶tting, as the son of a dealer in religious articles. As a young man, he downright fled from the moral and social strictures of the 1950s and '60s -- but also from his violent father, who tyrannized the family while maintaining a respectable facade for the world. Andreas Altmann wrote about this in his book "Das ScheiĂźleben meines Vaters, das ScheiĂźleben meiner Mutter und meine eigene ScheiĂźjugend" -- orÂ "My Father's Crappy Life, My Mother's Crappy Life, and My Crappy Youth", which was a bestseller in 2011.
Altmann sought his place in life for a long time. He went to acting school and worked as a model and a taxi driver. He published his first travel journalism at age 38, and was immediately successful. On his travels, Altmann seeks everything life has to offer: the beautiful and the ugly, the moving and the appalling -- and he's almost always more interested in a country's people and their stories than in the sights. Andreas Altmann has lived the life of a single in Paris for many years.
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Talking Germany: Nico Hofmann, Film Producer Author: DW.DE | Deutsche Welle
Mon, Jun 3, 2013
Nico Hofmann ranks among Germanyâ€™s most successful film producers, and is known for his obsession with German history. His production company, teamworx, has produced more than 300 films to date.
Born in the southwestern city of Heidelberg, Hofmanâ€™s elaborate television series have been broadcast in countries all over the world. In Talking Germany, Nico Hofmann speaks with us about his fascination with German history. Download File - 149.3 MB Watch This Podcast (Streaming Video)
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