"Studio Berlin" is KCRW Berlin's weekly current affairs show delving into recent events and how they affect people in Germany's capital and beyond. Once a week, hosts Sumi Somaskanda and Sylvia Cunningham talk to experts, journalists and policymakers to make sense of the news that matters.
After a near-decade delay, BER airport will finally open on Oct. 31
Mismanagement, corruption charges, dubious design plans and a series of technical mishaps led to delay after delay since the first scheduled opening of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) in 2011. So ahead of the much-beleaguered aiport's official "takeoff" on Oct. 31, we’re hearing from people who have been following and a part of this story since the beginning.
Germany vs. COVID-19, Round 2: Can we avoid another lockdown?
As novel coronavirus cases skyrocket across Germany and Europe, we talk about what we've learned since the start of the pandemic. How can we best stop its spread, what are the new treatments and is a lockdown imminent or even wise?
Is US President Donald Trump running out of time?
This week, we measure the political climate in the U.S. in the lead up to the presidential election. With less than three weeks to go, what’s going on in the nation's capital? And what special role does the southern state of Georgia? We also explore how the next American president will shape politics on both sides of the Atlantic.
Should children in Germany have more rights?
A recent survey by the children’s charity Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk found a majority believe that children’s interests have been neglected during the coronavirus pandemic. Host Sylvia Cunningham unpacks these findings with Nina Ohlmeier from the German Children's Fund; 16-year-old Mathilda Gross who is a member of the Children's and Youth Council at the charity, and Dr. Stephan Gerbig, a researcher and policy adviser for the German Institute for Human Rights.
What would you do with an extra 1,200 euros per month with no strings attached? (Rebroadcast)
The debate over unconditional basic income is not a new one, but it has gotten more attention in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis. Find out more about the arguments for and against. (This show originally aired on Sept. 2.)
Can Europe reform its asylum and migration policies?
Two weeks after a fire destroyed the overcrowded refugee camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, asylum policy is high on the EU Commission's agenda. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition agreed to take in 1,500 additional refugees from Greece, a decision hotly debated by the opposition in the German Bundestag. Some critics say the number's not nearly enough, while others say it's time for other EU member states to step up. Host Sylvia Cunningham discusses the current situation on the Greek island of Lesbos and German aid efforts.