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charismatic star on best behaviour

DSC00006It was a long time ago. A very long time ago. Before the Wall came down – quite some time before that in fact. I can remember seeing a really good band. A friend who had done the graphics for one of their early albums had given me a ticket. The front man was clearly an interesting character. Charismatic. A useful songwriter, too. And throwing in occasional Chet Baker-style solos on his trumpet. The band was Element of Crime. The singer: Sven Regener – my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

August 1, 2014

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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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Peter Radtke’s Movie Pick

Peter Radtke is above all a man of the theatre. So it’s interesting that his FMOAT is a film that features all sorts of theatricality and role-playing: Federico Fellini’s La Strada (1954). It’s a movie that is well worth revisiting.

Date

January 17, 2014

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Peter Radtke and the stage

Or: I have no Heimat
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Perhaps it’s because his father was an actor? His father, who it seems never fully accepted him as what he is. Perhaps he wanted to show his father that there need be no limits to what he could achieve. Whatever the initial motivation, there’s no doubting Peter Radtke’s huge passion for acting, and his huge prowess as an actor. His achievements are all the more remarkable, given that he was born with brittle bone disease. Peter Radtke, who has had a remarkable life outside the theater too, is my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

January 17, 2014

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Katja Kraus looks and leaps

Chemistry experiment

When a mechanic repairs a car, a baker bakes bread, or a window-cleaner cleans windows, you know within reason what to expect: a fully-functioning car, a tasty loaf, or clean windows. In some jobs, though, the outcome is perhaps less clear-cut. Especially when the human factor comes into play. You can’t, for instance, just put an interesting person and a practiced presenter into a room and know for sure that the result will be a good interview. These thoughts went through my head in the build-up to the latest edition of Talking Germany. My guest: Katja Kraus. Former international soccer player. First woman ever to become a board member of a club in the men’s Bundesliga. And author.

Date

September 9, 2013

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