4 episodes

What went wrong at BER? Berlin's unfinished airport has been in construction for over 11 years, cost have blown from €1 to €5.4 billion, and there's no end in sight. It's a story of incompetence, corruption and Berlin's general inability to get it's act together. On this series, Radio Spaetkauf explains the BER disaster fail-by-fail.

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What went wrong at BER? Berlin's unfinished airport has been in construction for over 11 years, cost have blown from €1 to €5.4 billion, and there's no end in sight. It's a story of incompetence, corruption and Berlin's general inability to get it's act together. On this series, Radio Spaetkauf explains the BER disaster fail-by-fail.

    Episode 4: Never Finished (live!)

    Episode 4: Never Finished (live!)

    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. At BER, we hear the airport company's side of the story: damn high regulations got in the way, they say. Tempelhof is closed, Tegel is operating precariously, and only socialist-built Schönefeld is muddling through.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 3: Money for Nothing

    Episode 3: Money for Nothing

    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 inspect the too-short escalators that end with stairs. They were just one of 150,000 mistakes discovered in an audit after the 2012 cancellation.

    • 51 min
    Episode 2: Double The Recipe

    Episode 2: Double The Recipe

    Days away from the planned 2012 opening party, nothing seemed wrong at BER. What was really going on? 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 special boarding gates for Airbus A380, though no airline requested it. With no working safety systems, they devised "human fire alarms." Only one man dared to say the plan was insane.

    • 42 min
    Episode 1: Without A Plan

    Episode 1: Without A Plan

    BER is the international airport code for Berlin Brandenburg Airport. It has also become a signifier of failure, incompetence, corruption and Berlin’s general inability to get its act together.
    Across this series you'll learn why the airport isn't finished yet, despite over 11 years of construction and €5.4 billion in costs.
    On this episode we’ll go way back to before the Berlin wall had come down to discover the foundational flaws that continue to haunt the unfinished airport.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

Louiseallana ,

Educational

Very enjoyable, very illuminating, very edifying. So much white collar crime goes unreported so it was refreshing to hear some detail about how the rich get richer even when they f#€k up.

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