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Radio Spaetkauf is Berlin's English-language podcast, keeping international residents informed about local politics, public transport, urban development, culture, bicycles and bars.
The podcast is recorded live each month, and is presented by a rotating cast of hosts including Joel Dullroy, Maisie Hitchcock, Jöran Mandik and Daniel Stern. Radio Spaetkauf has been on air since 2012.
Got some feedback about our show? Want to get involved in the production? Drop us an e-mail: hallo@radiospaetkauf.com, or Tweet @radiospaetkauf

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    • 4.8 • 29 Ratings

Radio Spaetkauf is Berlin's English-language podcast, keeping international residents informed about local politics, public transport, urban development, culture, bicycles and bars.
The podcast is recorded live each month, and is presented by a rotating cast of hosts including Joel Dullroy, Maisie Hitchcock, Jöran Mandik and Daniel Stern. Radio Spaetkauf has been on air since 2012.
Got some feedback about our show? Want to get involved in the production? Drop us an e-mail: hallo@radiospaetkauf.com, or Tweet @radiospaetkauf

    Maisie's Voice - The Last Conversation with Maisie Hitchcock

    Maisie's Voice - The Last Conversation with Maisie Hitchcock

    Zombies in the GDR. Deutschrap. Heavenly lakes. Joy despite cancer. Days before her death, Maisie and I talked for one last time. In a hospital room in London, she shared her favourite memories from her years in Berlin - and revealed a few untold surprises.
    It's not all tears, because Maisie could be so funny. Her depth of knowledge about architecture, German history, music and culture is astounding. This is just a sample of her best moments from more than a decade of co-hosting Radio Spaetkauf.
    Make time for this. Take a walk. Listen until the end. Be prepared to laugh and cry. And maybe Maisie will convince you to change your life.
    I'm Joel Dullroy, and here I join with long-time co-hosts Andrew Mason, Jöran Mandik and Daniel Stern to remember Maisie Hitchcock.
    Thanks to our fellow Radio Spaetkauf collaborators Izzy Choksey, Matilde Keizer, Anne-Marie Harrison and Sebastian Filip. Thanks to Radio Spaetkauf listeners for sending in your favourite memories of Maisie.
    More About Maisie
    Maisie Hitchcock was the co-founder and co-host of Radio Spaetkauf. Hers was the first voice ever heard on the podcast, announcing it into existence in late 2011. She was also a writer, tour guide and gave classes on architecture and design. Maisie moved to Berlin in the early 2000s, drawn by an appreciation for the overlooked art and architecture of the GDR.
    Maisie Hitchcock died from the effects of ovarian cancer on August 9, 2023, three years after her diagnosis. Her only initial symptoms were slight stomach bloating. She wanted others to know the signs of ovarian cancer, for which there is little research. She asked people to donate to charities funding research and awareness, including Ovarian Cancer Research (UK), Eierstockktrebs Stiftung (Germany), and Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (US).
    Maisie Hitchock Obituary
    Radio Spaetkauf Archive
    How To F#€k Up An Airport
    Rent Freeze
    All Episodes and Series
    Maisie on Megan's Megacan
    Maisie on RBB TV (use a VPN in Germany)
    Tom Evans - Particle Sound
    Various Tracks
    Various Tracks
    Radio Spaetkauf Theme - Time Taken
    Everett Darling
    Springtime Won't Wait
    Crocus & Greenbreir
    Deadliest Tide
    Robyn Hitchcock 
    Various tracks
    Plesiosaurs In The Desert
    Celestial Transgression
    Benjamin Michael

    • 2 hr 11 min
    RSxEAB: Sharing Urban Space

    RSxEAB: Sharing Urban Space

    RSxEAB: "Sharing Urban Space".
    Radio Spaetkauf host Daniel Stern dives into a discussion of public spaces informed by three insightful guests. Johnny Whitlam (Whitlam's Berlin Tours) shares his passion for Berlin's history and hidden stories. Martin Aarts, the former head of spatial planning in Rotterdam emphasizes child-friendly cities and nature's role in urban design. Lea Fink (Strassenverlauf) offers a philosophical angle, stressing the need for accessible spaces that encourage learning and reflection.

    In this episode we explore the balance between historical preservation and contemporary needs, the transformation of places like Tempelhof and Potsdamer Platz. We discuss our personal and community connections to places like Alexanderplatz, the banks of the Landwehrkanal and the Comenius-Garten. We look at the dichotomy of planned spaces vs. the people-driven "organic" use of open areas. The is challenges of creating inclusive, community supported environments are acknowledged but common preconceptions are also cconfronted. We also tackle the impact of cars and tourism on city life, and the need for spaces that prioritize bicycles and pedestrians.

    • Episode made in partnership with the Europäische Akademie Berlin: https://www.eab-berlin.eu/en
    • Please support Radio Spaetkauf with an ongoing or one time donation: https://www.radiospaetkauf.com/donate/
    NEXT LIVE SHOW JUNE 27: https://www.podfestberlin.com/event-details/radio-spaetkauf-x-eab-june-27

    Connect to our guests:
    • Lea Fink: https://strassenverlauf.de/
    • Martin Aarts: https://www.ravb.nl/profiel/martin-aarts/
    • Jonny Whitlam: https://www.whitlams-berlin-tours.com/

    Recorded in front of a live audience at the House of Color: https://www.hoco.world/
    Engineer: Grace at PodFest Berlin https://www.podfestberlin.com/
    Editing & Mastering: Kaleb Wentzel-Fisher https://www.recordedvoices.com/
    Written and Produced by Daniel Stern: https://www.sterndaniel.com/
    With kind support of the Federal Foreign Office and EU (CERV) under the project "Europe Behind the Headlines"

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Loud at the Library | Guests: Juliana Pranke (ZLB), Philipp Kreicarek (KnowDrugs), Jöran

    Loud at the Library | Guests: Juliana Pranke (ZLB), Philipp Kreicarek (KnowDrugs), Jöran

    Recorded March 24, 2024
    On this episode of Radio Spätkauf, Izzy, Dan and Matilde take on the month's news from Berlin in English. We touch on the recent UNESCO recognition of Berlin's techno scene, the legalization of weed, controversies surrounding stone statues at the Humboldt Forum, and the pressing issue of affordable housing. Joeran Mandik turns up to tell us about his quest to find Berlin's own Tree of Enlightenment. Izzy dissects Berlin's governing coalition's policies on housing, transportation, bikes and a Maglev train proposal. We consider the three duos vying to lead the SPD.
    Juliana Pranke the head of public services for the ZLB tells us about the Amerika Gedenkbibliothek's PopUp, plus other updates on the libraries in Berlin. Philipp Kreicarek, the creator of the app KnowDrugs tells us about his project helps people to be safe while using psychoactive substances.

    Please support the show: https://www.radiospaetkauf.com/donate/

    ZLB Petition: https://www.zlb.de/unterschreiben/
    KnowDrugs: https://knowdrugs.app/
    Dan's show: Info + Tickets
    Matilde's insta: @matikeizer
    Arab Film Festival Berlin: https://alfilm.berlin/
    Radio Spaetkauf Website

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Berlin Heat: Gas, Grass or Pansy's...

    Berlin Heat: Gas, Grass or Pansy's...

    This episode of Radio Spätkauf was recorded live February 25th 2024 in Berlin at Noisy Rooms. Hosts Mathilde, Dan and Izzy joined by guest host Pip Roper.
    Headlines: BVG’s brand new CEO Henrik Falk’plan to clean U8 UBahn stations.
    Berlinale got off to a contentious start but ended with satisfying wins.
    Tegel is now welcoming school students to its halls.
    Tesla faces a setbackin Grunheide.
    More public transportation strikes are on the way.
    A leaked government housing report undermines CDU and SPD plans to open up tempelhof to developers.

    •Michael Efler from Bürgerbergheren Klimaschutz explains the importance of Berlin’s deal to buy back its district heating system.

    •Hanf Museum co-director and cannabis advocate Steffen Geyer guides us through Germany's new marijuana laws.

    • Drag artist and returning guest Pansy on “Chez Pansy”, a new Queer Cabaret and supper club currently in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign. Learn more and support Pansy’s project at tinyurl.com/chezpansy

    If you want to contribute on a monthly basis please subscribe to our Steady.One time donations on our website: Support Radio Spaetkauf

    Writing production and hosting by: Izzy Choksey, Daniel Stern (www.sterndaniel.com/) and Matilde Keizer
    With support from Sebastian Filip and Radio Spaetkauf Host Emeritus Joel Dullroy
    Pip is at: https://linktr.ee/turtle.logic
    This Episode Edited by Alex Griffiths www.instagram.com/alexgriffiths_music/
    Technical Support: www.podfestberlin.com
    Theme Music by Ducks! https://linktr.ee/ducksmakemusic
    Find more Radio Spaetkauf and contact us at www.radiospaetkauf.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Extreme Right vs Meteorite - Jan 28 LIVE

    Extreme Right vs Meteorite - Jan 28 LIVE

    28th January 2024 recorded live at Zimmer48, with Izzy and Dan plus two guest hosts: Maria Debinska, a research fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin and Megan Whittington of German news in English podcast Megan’s Megacan.
    Support Radio Spaetkauf: https://www.radiospaetkauf.com/donate/
    A bahn-strike started last Wednesday, running six days until the morning of January 29th included the S-Bahn. The rail worker’s union, the GDL, is advocating for a shorter 35-hour work week with full pay,  a wage increase of €555 per month immediately as well as a €3,000 one off inflation compensation. Deutsche Bahn has offered only a 4.8% raise for 2024, 5% in 2025 and 2.7% in 2026. 
    Berlin’s mayor Kai Wegner and education secretary Katharina Günther-Wünsch revealed they were in a romantic relationship. An anti-semitism clause proposed by CDU politician Joe Chialo was deemed a violation of artists’ constitutional rights. Agricultural sector protestors brought the city centre of Berlin to a standstill. Emergency vehicles were blocked and streets took hours to clear. The protests were organised in opposition to the proposed end of tax exemptions for diesel used in agricultural vehicles.

    A meteorite listed as 2024 BX1 crashed near Berlin last Sunday night and has not yet been found. According to Thomas Becker of Westhavelland Star Park, it may have crashed in an area east of Nennhausen. If you come across a suspicious looking rock, don't touch it.

    Members of the AfD and some CDU were present at a secret meeting last November in a villa outside Potsdam along with extreme right activists including Martin Sellner of the Identitarian Movement. Plans to ‘re-migrate’ both foreigners and Germans from a foreign country were discussed. In response over a million people across Germany took to the streets, demonstrating against right wing extremism.

    Berlin politicians left in protest when AfD state Chair Kristin Brinker rose to speak at a recent Assembly session. Green party leader Bettina Jarasch commented that it would be wrong to ‘listen to AfD denials’, and Berlin CDU parliamentary group leader Dirk Strettner said “I don’t listen to right wing radical relativising and lying.”

    January 27th was Holocaust Remembrance Day, and commemorations were held across the city, including in Reinickendorf where the BVV has five AfD members who were automatically invited to the ceremony, so a local alliance against the far right organised an alternative vigil on another memorial site.

    Jonny Tiernan of Ex Berliner Magazine joins us to discuss changes in the print edition and invite us to take part in their research into the sex lives of Berliners. Survey LINK: https://form.typeform.com/to/WwKxHa02
    Thanks to Yvonne at Zimmer48 and to Sebastian for the pic and Joel on his travels.
    Next Live Show: Feb 25th

    • 1 hr
    RSxEAB: Housing First and Fun With Social Workers

    RSxEAB: Housing First and Fun With Social Workers

    Radio Spaetkauf Presents: "Housing First and Fun With Social Workers" - RSxEAB #1
    • This pilot episode examines homelessness, housing first, and sleeping rough. 
    • Recorded Dec 6th 2023 in Berlin at Salon Am Moritzplatz, Released Dec 19th 2023
    A Special Edition of Radio Spätkauf created through a partnership with Europäische Akademie Berlin. This episode is a pilot for the “RSx” series in which we seek presciptions for the problems of our city and the world which revolves around it. An attempt, in our way, to look forward to the future with hope. With hosts Matilda Kaiser and Daniel Stern, plus guests Debora Ruppert, Karen Holzinger of Berliner Stadtmission, and Kathrin Schultz of Queerhome*.
    Dan and Matilde catch up and remind us of the Kältebus number: 030 690 333 690 and review some previous Radio Spaetkauf stories that overlap with today’s topic of homelessness; Zweckentfremdungsverbot, co-working spaces, commercial real estate regulations and the battles of the cities last remaining squats, with an update on Liebig14. How does the housing crisis affect the search for a home? The topic of Homelessness is introduced by Dan who struggles to find the right vocabulary and correct language with which to describe the issue.
    The first guest, Debora Ruppert  is an artist who captures the lives of marginalized people, including the homeless, through photography. her most recent exhibition “Home Street Home” was on display in the Bundestag. She emphasizes the importance of speaking with people who are experiencing homelessness rather than merely speaking about them. That dialogue and relationships help individuals out of their situation. 

    To learn more about “Housing First” we are joined by Karin Holzinger,  who in 1991 began her work with Berliner Stadtmission and later became their head of homelessness services. Karin also co-invented the Kältebus, and is a co-founder of Kumpfide, an organization twhich offers support to non-abstinent alcoholics. She clears up some common misconceptions about homelessness, “When you walk through the streets, you see people, and you think, oh, he or she might be homeless, because maybe the person is not dressed very well, he or she looks drunk or [seems to have] psychological problems, so you think, ah, this is homelessness. Some of these people are not homeless and on the other hand, about I would say about 90% of the people who are homeless you would never recognize as being homeless because they look like you and me…” Karin explains the vocabulary in German for homeless people: Obdachlos and Wohnungslos, plus attempts to teach Dan the meaning of “Bürgerlich” and tells us the value of a “Housing First” program, as well as some of the limitations. What does it mean to help people survive vs. changing their living situation?
    Next, Radio Spaetkauf is joined by Katrin Schulz of Queerhome* Berlin to explain some of the challenges faced specifically by LQBTQI+ plus people in finding homes and shelter. She describes her work; “We say we are in the middle. We are not a government organization. We are not a church or Christian organization. We are not an only queer organization. We are in the middle because the organizations who work with homeless people have no knowledge about LGBTIQ and the queer organizations normally have no knowledge about homelessness…we are in the middle and try to give information to the one side and to the other side.” She affirms that helping people get off the streets is not just about bringing services to them but also about informing the general public about the reality of homelessness and dispelling misconceptions about who is homeless and why they have ended up without a home. She also underlines the importance of recognizing that many people who do find a place to live or a shelter are forced to put up with terrible conditions. Queerhome* is a relatively new organization and looking for growth in its network

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Mers0094 ,

Thank you for keeping me connected!

Berlin has been my favorite city ever since studying abroad in 2016 and I’m so happy to finally have found a podcast that keeps me updated on the city - especially how Berlin and Germany is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for keeping us in the loop - even the Berlin lovers from abroad!

Kendall, FlyersRights ,

Great show for expats!

Wish they'd broadcast more frequently, all your Berlin news can come from this show. Also, give Maisie a bigger role!

Juan pelota ,

Mazee's hot

Great voice. Quick and clever

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