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The Berlin Philharmonic in Concert

Berlin Wall Anniversary: Beethoven's Ninth

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, hear the Berlin Philharmonic's commemorative Berlin Wall concert, in which Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Unplanned Fall of the Berlin Wall

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Historian Mary Elise Sarotte explains that the opening of the gates on the night of November 9, 1989, was an accident, and looks at the factors that contributed to it.

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Bachstock

As East Berliners Celebrated Freedom, Rostropovich Played Bach

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In recognition, our Albums of the Week include Rostropovich's Bach Suites, recorded in the aftermath.

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Operavore

Berlin in Mind

Friday, November 07, 2014

"When I think of Berlin, it is often as a place from which New York can learn a lot," writes Fred Plotkin. "Its better traits stand as models for things we might try to emulate."
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The Takeaway

Remembering The Fall of The Berlin Wall

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Berlin Wall simply melted away 25 years ago this Sunday. Brick by brick, people grasped the wall with their dreams and dared to pull it down.

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On The Media

Our Anniversaries, Ourselves: 25 Years after the Berlin Wall

Friday, November 07, 2014

How the changing media coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall over the past 25 years reflects our changing self image as Americans.

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The Takeaway

When the Map No Longer Knows Your Home

Monday, May 05, 2014

This November marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. For the millions of people living in the German Democratic Republic, that day marked the end of their country—literally overnight the GDR disappeared.

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Operavore

A Don Giovanni Straddling Two Worlds

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fifty years after the Berlin Wall was erected, a historic opera performance from West Berlin is released on DVD. Operavore blogger Olivia Giovetti examines this recording against its cultural, political and operatic climate.

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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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Symphony Hall

Today: Bernstein's 'Ode to Freedom'

Monday, November 09, 2009

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, WQXR presents a unique musical reminder of that extraordinary time.

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WNYC News

Today in History: Tear Down This Wall

Friday, June 12, 2009

President Ronald Reagan speaking before the Brandenburg Gate.

President Ronald Reagan speaking before the Brandenburg Gate.


On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan delivered an address at the Brandenburg Gate. In his speech, he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev ...

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