RS#07 2016: Live from Mobile Kino Weekend… er?

At our annual outdoor recording in the woods, we interview three Syrian refugees – Ghaith, Omar and Munzer – who have created an app to help deal with German paperwork. It’s called Bureaucrazy. Some rich person out there really give some money to this: https://www.facebook.com/Bureaucrazy.de/

After a glorious weekend of watching movies, watching bands and swimming in the lake, the organizers of the event Joshua and Fernando announce that they need a new name for the festival. The word Weekender is trademarked, can you believe.

RS Update July 15: Henkel’s Leftist Orgy of Violence

On this quick update, we talk about the secretive British investment company behind all the problems between punks and police on Rigaer Straße. Daniel thinks the whole scenario could be turned into a musical, possibly called “Henkel’s Leftist Orgy of Violence” after Berlin’s interior minister, who has been embarrassed by a court ruling this week that found the police-assisted eviction at Rigaer Straße 94 to be unlawful.

We also get an update from co-host Jöran Mandik about his attempt to run as a candidate for the upcoming Berlin city elections.

Come along to the Mobile Kino Weekender on July 29-31. It’s a cinematic camping trip out in the woods by a lake. Radio Spaetkauf will be recording a live episode there. Can you sponsor a Syrian refugee to come to the festival? E-mail us if you’re willing to contribute €40: hallo@radiospaetkauf.com

RS#06 2016: The BVG and the U8 font

Berlin typographer Anton Koovit spent over a year creating his font called U8, based on the letters on U-Bahn station signs. Recently the BVG began using Koovit’s font to print new signs, but without paying directly for a license to do so. We talk to Anton about his font. UPDATE: The BVG has responded to our story. They say their own museum developed the font.

Bicycle riders working for the food delivery company Deliveroo recently launched a protest action at having their weekend bonuses cut without warning. They turned the logos on the delivery bags upside down to get the startup’s managers to address their concerns. We interview one bicycle courier about the action, which he says was taken to prevent conditions getting any worse.

Berlin’s population boom means we might have to give up a bit of green space. Now the city’s open air swimming pools are being targeted as potential development zones. The Berliner Bäderbetrieb, which runs the pools, has been asked if it will give up some land to allow a city-owned housing company to develop flats. Churches are also being asked to hand over old cemeteries for refugee shelters.

And co-host Jöran Mandik continues his campaign to get elected to the Berlin Abgeordnetenhaus. He has registered as an independent candidate, and now requires 45 supporting signatures to get on the ballot. Will you sign up? Drop us an e-mail at hallo@radiospaetkauf.com.

RS#05 2016: We Take Berlin

What would we do if we ran the city? Radio Spaetkauf is exploring Berlin‘s political system by trying to get our own host Jöran Mandik elected to the state Abgeordnetenhaus. We get tips from former Pirate Party leader Martin Delius about how local politics really works.
And we‘re calling for ideas from listeners about what policies Jöran should add to his manifesto. Sunday trading for spaetkaufs? Online Bürgeramt registration?
On this episode we‘re joined by a new co-host, stand-up comedian and computer programmer Caroline Clifford.
Recorded on Monday May 23 2016 at the very empty Comedy Cafe Berlin.

RS#04 2016: Lonely Locks, Strange Streets, and Floorball

Which landmark abandoned locations are going to be renovated – and do we want them to be? Several huge Berlin ruins are about to be developed, while Spreepark Planterwald is set to re-open this summer. Will anyone want to go to a formerly abandoned fully operating theme park?
We try and solve a few mysteries. Why are some Berlin streets numbered strangely, and why are there so many lonely bike locks hanging from posts around the city?
Our sports reporter Daniel Stern went out to cover a match of the Berlin Bats, the local floorball team. What’s floorball? Listen to find out.
We’ve got a guest, local journalist Konrad Werner, who joins us to talk politics and the upcoming city election. Check out his own podcast, News des Nachrichtens: soundcloud.com/newsdesnachrichtens/