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four things I have learnt in the long run

The Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky once famously wrote that, “The best definition of man is: a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful.” And I have in my life surely had my fair share of moments of ingratitude. But, in one way at least, I have learnt to be grateful. After all, so often when I open my daily newspaper, I’m delighted to spot the faces of former Talking Germany guests and I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to have encountered all these people and to have been given fascinating insights into who they are and how they tick. We’ve now reached the proud total of 250 guests and I am, most of all, grateful to them for sharing themselves with me and, above all, with our viewers.

Date

November 18, 2013

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Jana Pareigis, communicator and activist

Privileged access

“They were so totally open. It was very moving. This is what I like about my job. This is what makes it so special: the privileged access that you have to other people’s lives.” It’s Jana speaking. But, of course, you know Jana: Jana Pareigis, anchorwoman on the German version of the DW news bulletin, the Journal. Jana is my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

October 7, 2013

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Meike Winnemuth: 12/12

You could have done it. I could have done it. She did!

Babies, small children, partners, lovers, minders, security guards. We’ve had them all in the make-up suite before the show. This, though, is the first time that one of our guests has brought along a dog. Viete is, I think, his name. He’s a fox terrier. Four months old. There’s some debate about whether we want to have the very likeable little fellow with us in the studio when we go on air. But we’re reminded of the famous show business adage, attributed I think to W.C. Fields: “Never work with children or animals.” The owner of the dog is Meike Winnemuth – my latest guest on Talking Germany. And why, I wonder, has this tried-and-tested individualist decided that she wants a dog? “My life,” she explains, “is so boring!”

Date

August 12, 2013

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A few things you possibly didn’t know about our own Brent Goff

A man of many opinions 
Brent Goff is a colleague of mine. Brent is never lost for words. It’s a real talent and he’s quite an entertainer. When you’re sitting in the studio with him and the show’s about to begin, he’ll regularly come up with something outrageous or brazen, just to get in the mood for what’s to come. Brent is an American. Brent is an American through and through. But he’s a man of the world, too, and after living here for so long he has some very interesting things to say about Germany in particular. And he’s also my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

June 3, 2012

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Christoph Lanz and two decades of media history

Deutsche Welle television celebrates twenty years on air  

Deutsche Welle television is marking its twentieth anniversary. So, we decided to celebrate by inviting a special guest to Talking Germany – somebody who’s been part of the team since the very beginning: Christoph Lanz, currently DW’s Managing Director Multimedia Global. I should add that it’s quite an occasion for me, too, as I’ve also been on board throughout the whole exciting journey.

Date

April 1, 2012

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