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Fighting, and fighting back – with Jens Weidner

Acting the part

Jens WeidnerWhen I meet people, I often think about which actor, or actress, would be best suited to play their part if Hollywood decided to make a biopic about their lives. I do the same thing, I must admit, with my colleagues and friends. And, in most instances, the choice of the star to play the part is very flattering. One of my colleagues, for instance, would be brought to the silver screen by Cary Grant – and you can’t do much better than that! Now, my latest guest on Talking Germany is Jens Weidner, Professor Jens Weidner: “aggression researcher.”  And I knew immediately who would be top of my casting list for his part.

Date

May 5, 2014

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Biggish and smallish words with the writer Matthias Politycki

Not tough, but sometimes tortured

Matthias Politycki 1He’s a man of books and his own latest novel – titled Samarkand Samarkand – is an apocalyptic vision of a world that has, at some time in the near future, descended into global conflict. Against the backdrop of World War Three, a German military veteran, a lone wolf, heads to Uzbekistan on a mysterious deadly mission. It’s brutal, it’s violent. The author of this dark story is Matthias Politycki: my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

April 28, 2014

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Matthias Politycki’s Movie Pick

Matthias Politycki is a very thoughtful man. And his chosen film is very philosophical. It’s also a remarkable recreation of the past. It’s Andrei RubalevAndrei Tarkovsky’s portrayal of a 15th-century Russian icon painter. A great movie!

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April 28, 2014

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Sir Simon and after, with Martin Hoffmann

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I love the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. And I love their concert hall: the breath-taking building that the Berliners simply call die Philharmonie, where I’ve enjoyed many wonderful concerts down the years. It’s best to get there early and catch the pre-concert introductory lecture. They’re learned but accessible. What I always notice, though, is that I’m one of the youngest people in the room. The BPO’s concerts with their principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle are nearly always sold out. But the audience is ageing. The man whose job it is to turn that trend around is Martin Hoffmann, the orchestra’s General Manager and my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

April 17, 2014

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Martin Hoffmann’s Movie Pick

The General Manager of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra didn’t hesitate before choosing a truly epic movie as his favourite film of all time: Sergio Leone’s dark and disturbing crime drama Once Upon a Time in America.

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April 17, 2014

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