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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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The very international Mr. Ali

Media man and media critic

The figures are not easy to calculate – but it’s estimated that there are somewhere between two and a half and four million people of Turkish origin living here inGermany. There are some, but not many, on German TV. So, although my latest guest on Talking Germany isn’t unique, he is unusual. He’s DW-TV’s own Ali Aslan. But Ali, who presents Quadriga – DW’s international talk show – insists that he’s precisely that: “I’m not Turkish, not German. I’m international.”

Date

January 13, 2013

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The privileged Ariane de Hoog

But you’re driven, too 

She’s a bundle of energy. OK, I know, it’s a cliché. But when the cliché’s true, use it. “I can’t stand being in one place. I need to move around. To be doing things, experiencing things,” she says. So has she ever dreamt of settling down? “I’ve dreamt of trying. I live out of a suitcase. I’m going to Cambridge University next week. Then Washington DC, followed by South Carolina. England again. Back to Berlin. And then,” I think she says, “Africa and Australia.” I just can’t keep up. This whirlwind is one of my favourite colleagues at DW – the delightful Ariane de Hoog – and she’s my latest guest on Talking Germany.

Date

July 16, 2012

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Ariane de Hoog’s favourite movie

Gut feeling, says Ariane: the ultimate cliché girl’s movie of all time. But it certainly fits. Because Ariane can dance.

Date

July 16, 2012

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