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KCRW Berlin: Common Ground

“Common Ground” is a 30-minute weekly show from KCRW Berlin. The show, hosted by former NPR international correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, aims to bring people together on sensitive issues, existential questions and flashpoints to find mutual understanding, compromise and solutions.

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  • 19.10.2020
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    The EU’s Digital Services Act - What does it mean for Big Tech and for YOU?

    The “Digital Services Act” is Brussels' first big overhaul of European internet rules since the introduction of the camera phone two decades ago. Is it the "Magna Carta" protecting people from Big Tech companies, like proponents claim? Or are the proposed rules not transparent enough and too broad?

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  • 12.10.2020
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    Closed borders and quarantines - Are there better ways to travel safely during the pandemic?

    The pandemic has wreaked havoc on people’s travel plans and decimated the tourism industry and airlines. The German government’s guidance on travel is ever-changing and often confusing, making business and leisure travel difficult at best. With a new coronavirus wave erupting in Germany, across Europe and in parts of the US, will we see more border closures and quarantine rules? Or can increased testing help save holidaymakers’ fall and winter plans?

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  • 05.10.2020
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    The upcoming U.S. presidential election and fraying U.S.-German relations

    Election day in the U.S. is less than a month away. What are the consequences for Americans and for Germany?

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  • 28.09.2020
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    Is it safe to be Jewish in Germany?

    Is it safe to be Jewish in Germany? Should German authorities be doing more to stop anti-Semitism? Our guests debate these issues one year after the deadly Halle attack and possible solutions.

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  • 21.09.2020
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    Cyclists vs. Pedestrians

    Frustration is high in Berlin over the rights of cyclists vs. drivers. But what about the rights of Berlin’s pedestrians vs. cyclists? We explore that fraught relationship and other human-powered, sustainable mobility conflicts in Berlin on the third episode of Common Ground.

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  • 14.09.2020
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    Should Berlin become a tech hub?

    When Google announced plans to open a campus in the Berlin neighborhood of Kreuzberg, local opposition was so loud that it ground the tech giant’s plans to a halt. A similar wave of protests hit Friedrichshain earlier this year against Amazon’s plans to erect a 140 meter-tall office building. Should Berlin embrace its potential as a tech hub? Or will the German capital turn into a European version of San Francisco and Seattle?

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Who is a REAL Berliner?

    As the German capital rapidly evolves into an international city with immigrants from around the globe, there's a lot of disagreement over who gets to call themselves a Berliner. In the hour-long premiere of “Common Ground”, host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and panel explore the issue.

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  • 26.08.2020
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    Introducing Common Ground

    “Common Ground” joins KCRW Berlin's show roster from September 10, 2020. In this preview, host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson lets you in on what to expect from the talk show that aims to "forge consensus from controversy," and invites you to be part of the taping of the first, hour-long episode, via Zoom, on September 7, 2020.

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