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Der Spiegel calls FERDINAND VON SCHIRACH an “incredible storyteller” and the Daily Telegraph lauded him as “one of the most distinct voices in European literature”. Following best sellers like “Crime” and “Punishment”, he now presents his latest short story collection AFTERNOON. He tells tales of mild mornings in early summer and black nights, set in Berlin, Pamplona, Oslo, Tokyo, Zurich, New York, Marrakesh, Taipei and Vienna. These short stories explore things that change our lives, coincidence, wrong decisions and the transience of happiness. Schirach writes about people’s loneliness, about art, litera… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Afternoon – with Ferdinand von Schirach

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  • Date: Wed. 05 October 2022
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
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On February 24, 1848, Paris had its third revolution since 1789. The monarchy was overthrown, the republic was proclaimed, and the revolutionary spark finally jumped across the Rhine. Democracy raised its head in Germany for the first time. In THE FLAME OF FREEDOM, JÖRG BONG – also a best-selling author under his pen name Jean-Luc Bannalec – paints a breathtaking panorama of a time of upheaval, from the first revolutionary gatherings to the battles of a democratic “freedom army”. A look at history that also helps us find our place in the present. Host: BETTINA BÖTTINGER; Text: ULRICH NOETHEN This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The Flame of Freedom - with Jörg Bong and Ulrich Noethen

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  • Date: Thu. 06 October 2022
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair friendly Available

In English

Are the principles of liberalism still suitable as the foundation of our conduct? Does liberalism have a future? American political scientist FRANCIS FUKUYAMA (“The End of History and the Last Man”) is one of the most important theoreticians of our time. In his incisive book LIBERALISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS, he investigates which values true liberalism must represent, to what extent neoliberalism has damaged it and how we must answer the challenges of the present if we do not want to lose our freedom. “One of the West’s most interesting public intellectuals” (Times). Host: ALEXANDER GÖRLACH This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Democracies in crisis - with Francis Fukuyama

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  • Date: Thu. 06 October 2022
  • Time: 20:30
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Kleiner Sendesaal
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    • Wheelchair friendly Available
    • English

“Stay Away from Gretchen” was a brilliant debut for SUSANNE ABEL. “Magnificent, enthralling and absolutely credible. This is a book you can’t put down until you’ve read to the end” (WDR5). The follow-up, WHAT I NEVER SAID, is just as authentic and powerful: Tom Monderath meets his half-brother Henk quite by chance. Their father, Konrad, has been dead for many years but Henk wants to know more about him. When they set out to learn more about Konrad, they discover a secret from the darkest chapter of the Nazi era which will haunt their family for a lifetime ... Host: ANGELA SPIZIG; Text: VERA TELTZ… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Gretchen's family of origin - Susanne Abel and Vera Teltz

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  • Date: Fri. 07 October 2022
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair friendly Available

“This is a book about being a stranger, outside and inside. An experience that is exemplary for many human fates. It is dedicated to all people who live somewhere in the nowhere”, writes MICHEL FRIEDMAN about his new book, Foreign. With a keen sense of nuance and artistic compression, Friedman paints a disturbing picture of adolescence in a world perceived as foreign and threatening. He tells a touchingly personal story of anti-Semitism, racism and exclusion. Together with journalist and author DENIZ YÜCEL , he will discuss foreignness – in ourselves and all around us. Host: GERT SCOBEL Text: NINA K… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Foreign - with Michel Friedmann, Deniz Yücel and Nina Kunzendorf

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  • Date: Fri. 07 October 2022
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair friendly Available

English | German

“You can completely fall in love with Elizabeth Zott. This portrayal is so incredible and natural that I even googled her: I thought she must really exist! I have not read such an entertaining, humorous and clever book in a long time,” says Elke Heidenreich about LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY, the dazzling debut from American author BONNIE GARMUS. When headstrong chemist Elizabeth Zott reluctantly becomes the star of America’s most popular cooking show, she not only teaches women to cook – she challenges them to take control of their lives. Host: ANGELA SPIZIG; German text: NINA KUNZENDORF This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Lessons in chemistry - with Bonnie Garmus and Nina Kunzendorf

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  • Date: Sat. 08 October 2022
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair friendly Available
    • English German

English | German

“He writes stories like no other” (Die Welt). After gaining worldwide fame with “Cloud Atlas”, in UTOPIA AVENUE, DAVID MITCHELL now tells the story of a 1960s psychedelic rock band and its rapid rise from small clubs in Soho and English villages to the promised land: America. It takes place just as the technicolor summer of love is turning into something much darker. A masterful novel about a time full of dreams and promise, which still resonate today. And a powerful declaration of love for the music of the 60s and the power it has to connect us across all borders. Host: BERNHARD ROBBEN; German … This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The power of music - with David Mitchell and Gerd Köster

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  • Date: Sat. 08 October 2022
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair friendly Available
    • English German

“With his undercover investigations, Wallraff made media history and set the standard in terms of investigation, fearlessness and persistence,” said GEORG RESTLE about one of Germany’s most important journalists: GÜNTER WALLRAFF. To celebrate his 80th birthday, new editions of his best sellers LOWEST OF THE LOW and DER AUFMACHER are being released. Both books were sensationally successful and had far-reaching political and societal impact. Günter Wallraff will talk to television host Georg Restle and author MELY KIYAK about the importance and future of investigative journalism. This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The future of investigative journalism - Günter Wallraff meets Mely Kiyak and Georg Restle

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  • Date: Sun. 09 October 2022
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair friendly Available

On a cold December night, a young woman is driving alone through the desolate Yorkshire Dales. The next morning, she’s found dead in her car. Kate Linville takes on the case, and soon picks up a trail that leads into the past – to a cold case that Caleb Hale once investigated, but never managed to solve. With more than 25 titles on the best-seller list, more than 20 million books sold worldwide and numerous film adaptations of her works, CHARLOTTE LINK is Germany’s most successful contemporary author. Lonesome Night is her fourth book featuring investigator Kate Linville. Host: GÜNTER KEIL This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Lonesome Night - with Charlotte Link

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  • Date: Sun. 09 October 2022
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair friendly Available

In German

English historian IAN KERSHAW is one of the most knowledgeable and clever interpreters of European history in the 20th century. He won many awards for his two-part biography of Adolf Hitler. In his new work, PERSONALITY AND POWER, he observes European history through the lens of powerful people and their influence. How much can an individual influence the course of history? From Lenin to Helmut Kohl, Ian Kershaw looks at powerful figures who shaped Europe, for better or for worse, and analyzes the possibilities and limits of “strong” leadership personalities. Host: JOACHIM FRANK This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Personality and Power - with Ian Kershaw

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  • Date: Sat. 22 October 2022
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
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    • Wheelchair friendly Available

Are mass media endangering democracy? In their first co-authored book, RICHARD DAVID PRECHT and HARALD WELZER analyze the mechanisms of today’s media landscape and reveal an increasingly strong tendency towards bias, simplification, moralization and defamation. Their analysis: There is a difference between the published opinion and public opinion. The mass media are anxious about deviating from what rivals are saying and thus become echo chambers engaged in opinion-making. In THE FOURTH ESTATE, the two authors explore how a liberal democracy with a diverse media landscape can be putting i… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The fourth estate - with Richard David Precht and Harald Welzer

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  • Date: Mon. 24 October 2022
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Flora Köln
  • Accessibility
    • Sign language Available
    • Induction loop Available
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