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Friendship Out of Fallout

Friday, November 07, 2014

With the American History Guys

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Berlin 1961

Friday, September 02, 2011

In this 1965 Overseas Press Club Luncheon, Hallie Burnett, novelist and publisher, describes her experience in Berlin in August, 1961. On assignment for Reader’s Digest, Burnett was charged with reporting on the conditions of the East German refugees, who were “coming over at that time at about 2,000 a night.” Amidst a quiet week, she describes the night of August 13 when the foundations for the Berlin wall were laid. She describes standing among Berliners at the Brandenburg Gate, who were so shocked they had not yet found their voices to protest.

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The Takeaway

Two Germans Remember East and West After the Wall Fell

Monday, November 09, 2009

Twenty years after the Berlin Wall came down, we talk to Ros Atkins, host of the BBC's World Have Your Say, live from Berlin.  We're also joined by two Germans – one from the West and one from the East – to tell us about how their lives changed that one day. Christoph Niemann was a teenager in the West who remembers the day vividly. These days, he regularly rides his bicycle over the line where the wall once stood. Luise Stauss lived in East Germany at the time; she says she always felt like she stood out when she went to the West after the wall fell.

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The Takeaway

Capitalism, 20 Years After the Berlin Wall

Monday, November 09, 2009

Twenty years ago, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down in what seemed to be a victorious day for capitalism. We look back 20 years while countries around the world today continue capitalist experiments and attempt to weather the current economic crisis. Meanwhile, a new BBC World Service poll says that only the U.S. and Pakistan believe capitalism is working today. We speak to Harvard history professor Niall Ferguson, author of "The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World."

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