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Bringing the music home to Leipzig

This mini-documentary originally aired on DW’s (Deutsche Welle) Inside Europe on November 2, 2014. It is a radio version of a story I reported for Deutsche Welle online (DW.de). One of Germany’s oldest music publishing houses marked its official return to Leipzig in October, more than 75 years after its owner, Henri Hinrichsen and his …

The release of Michael Scott Moore, hostage for nearly 3 years in Somalia

Long before I set off for the Arthur Burns Fellowship in Berlin, I came across an American-German journalist named Michael Scott Moore, with whom I corresponded about a story I was chasing for As It Happens back in 2011. On a personal note, we connected when he told me about how he came to be …

Germany sends burgers and sausages to Kurds

Germany’s new-found determination under the third Merkel government to take its place on the world stage may be standing on shaky foundations. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier reaffirmed his commitment to increasing Germany’s role in the world’s conflict zones at the annual conference of German ambassadors in Berlin on Monday. “We need the courage and willingness …