Thinking for yourself
“He helped to start a new way of thinking, encouraging people to use their own brains and think for themselves.” Was he a very German figure? “Well, he had strong opinions. He was impulsive and uncompromising. Those are German traits. He certainly triggered developments that divided Germany through to the present day.” It’s Ellen Ueberschär – my latest guest on Talking Germany – speaking about theologian Martin Luther, the central figure in the Protestant reformation.
DateOctober 27, 2014
DateOctober 17, 2014
Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo – The time has come
Or: powerlessness become authority, with
“The time has come. Before they removed our chains, they brainwashed us. Brainwashed us with their dirty ideologies. They wanted us to walk like them. Talk like them. Think like them. And what did we do? We walked like them. Talked like them. Thought like them.
Our legacy spoke not. It was biding its time. Our legacy is in us. Now it can grow. Now it can show itself. Brothers! Sisters! The time has come. We are here. We are here. We are wanted. My African pride. My African story. My African life. I sense the power of my ancestors. I know of the strength of my nation.
In an endless landscape of humiliation, we are rising up. This is our time. A time where powerlessness becomes authority. Authority becomes love. Love becomes understanding. And understanding becomes humanity. Is it just a dream? Are we still shackled in those chains of old? Or shall we today begin to build tomorrow?”
These are the words of Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo, my latest guest on Talking Germany. She brings with her all the hopes, the fears, the joys and despair of her fascinating life. A life in three “nations”: the former East Germany, black Africa, and present-day reunified Germany. And she brings with her the hopes, and the fears, of Germany’s large and flourishing Afro-German community.
DateOctober 13, 2014
Or: Lucky if you know a nerd
Who are they? How do they tick? Are they on our side? Or are they enemies of society? Are they a community? Or are they driven individuals. Certainly, it would seem, they are very often compulsive and addictive personalities. And investigations appear to show that they yearn for recognition, influence and power. One thing they hate for sure is boredom. Most of them are men. But not all. Like Constanze Kurz, my latest guest on Talking Germany. In case you hadn’t guessed: she’s a hacker.
DateOctober 6, 2014
Dr. Yes: the charming head of a scientific mini state
It’s a strange underground world. It has cost billions of euros to construct. It’s a giant experiment designed to recreate conditions immediately after the Big Bang and provide important clues about what gives mass to matter. About, that is, what makes a chair a chair. This amazing, but slightly bizarre, underground realm that has been created by literally thousands of scientists looks just a little bit like the one built by Dr. No in the Bond movie of the same name. This one, though, is called CERN, and it’s run by a charming and compelling Dr. Yes: Rolf-Dieter Heuer – my latest guest on Talking Germany.
DateSeptember 28, 2014