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David Bowie: 25 Deep Cuts (Playlist)

Like everyone else, I listened to nothing but David Bowie in the days after hearing the news. The night Bowie died, I had felt a disturbance in the Force at 3:00 am, saw the news via text, got out of bed, bereft, and put on Station to Station, knowing that…
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March 30, 2020
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Berlin Wall trail becomes marathon replacement

Like all of us, DW reporter Marcel Fürstenau's life has changed recently. He muses on how coronavirus alters the perception of a long distance runner and how you can still improve body, mind, soul and the environment. "Moin!" This typical North German greeting alone, no matter when I hear it, gives…
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March 20, 2020
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America And Russia Almost Ended The World 5 Times

Key point: At some point, luck runs out. An international “crisis” is the anxious space between peace and war. It is defined by three things: time, threat, and the likelihood of violence. The shorter the time, the greater the sense of threat to important interests, and the greater the chance of…
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February 29, 2020
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The Divides That Make Hong Kong and West Berlin

The two cities have had shared stresses, balancing radically different ideologies. Jeffrey Wasserstrom February 8, 2020 Hong Kong residents wave Chinese flags during the lead-up to the handover of the city from Britain to China in 1997.Claro Cortes / ReutersHong Kong and West Berlin stand about as far apart as…
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February 8, 2020
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My little adventure across Wagah

It was with some trepidation that I accepted the invitation to speak in Lahore. After all, I was born in India and did not know how I would be received there given recent relations between India and Pakistan. But I had always been curious to see Pakistan for …
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February 2, 2020
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City Guide: Berlin

We are huge fans of Luisa Weiss, OG food blogger and author of My Berlin Kitchen, as well as one of the definitive books on German baking. Luisa lives in Berlin with her two young sons and husband, Max, and we’re so happy she’s here to share some favorite spo…
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January 30, 2020