George Floyd and Derek Chauvin – who were these men before their fateful encounter,  where were they from, and how did that influence their life decisions?  On the road in Houston and Minneapolis, looking for answers in their biographies.
DER SPIEGEL, June 2020: magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2020/27/171773541/index.html

Thanks to Rosa Parks and MLK, Montgomery has a special place in America’s Civil Rights Movement – how does that influence the work of city’s first Black Sheriff?
FAZ, June 2020: www.faz.net/aktuell/gesellschaft/menschen/ein-schwarzer-polizist-aus-montgomery-im-gespraech-zu-black-lives-matter-16809255.html

The importance of writing your own story: Talking to Taffy Brodesser-Akner about her debut “Fleishman is in trouble”, divorce, dating, and hanging out with Gwyneth Paltrow.
DER SPIEGEL, May 2020: magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2020/19/170716229/index.html

The Big Wave: How Coronavirus made its way to the US and what authorities did next.
DER SPIEGEL, April 2020: magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2020/18/170604478/index.html

40 books in 32 years, most of them bestsellers: How does he do it? Interview with John Grisham in his office in Charlottesville.
DER SPIEGEL, February 2020: magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2020/11/169840077/index.html

Auschwitz’s liberation, 75 years later: Survivors tell their stories and talk about how the state of the world today worries them.
DER SPIEGEL, January 2020: magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2020/4/169007398/index.html

What does a national dish tell you about a country and its people? (3): How the donut defined American breakfast habits.
DIE ZEIT, January 2020: www.zeit.de/2020/10/donut-new-york-backware-gericht

What does a national dish tell you about a country and its people? (2): Chili con carne, Mexico, immigrants, and Texas’ fight for independence.
DIE ZEIT, December 2019: www.zeit.de/2020/01/chili-con-carne-texanische-gerichte-san-antonio

When the zombies leave your town: After Georgia passed a harsh new anti-abortion bill, Atlanta’s film industry is feeling the repercussions.
DER SPIEGEL, August 2019: magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2019/28/164759192/

“When They See Us”: The true story of the so-called Central Park Five, who were wrongfully convicted of a crime they never committed, retold for TV by Ava DuVernay.
DER SPIEGEL, Juli 2019: magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2019/22/164076227/index.html

Soldier, junkie, bank robber, inmate, novelist: How Nico Walker’s wrote his much-lauded first novel “Cherry” behind prison bars.
ZEIT ONLINE, April 2019: www.zeit.de/kultur/literatur/2019-04/cherry-roman-nico-walker-us-veteran-irankrieg

What does a national dish tell you about a country and its people? (1): How Chicago’s migrant population created an American classic.
DIE ZEIT, April 2019: www.zeit.de/2019/15/chicago-hot-dog-herkunft

“This whole thing is a big, fat hoax!”: Why Seymour Hersh, one of America’s most famous investigative reporters, remains a Russian-interference skeptic.
FAZ, March 2019: www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/trumps-praesidentschaft/seymour-hersh-zu-russlands-rolle-bei-der-usa-praesidentenwahl-2016-16067157.html

Boy erased, indeed: Conversion therapy for LGBTQ people is still a common thing in America. Two men tell their stories.
NZZ, February 2019: www.nzz.ch/gesellschaft/homosexualitaet-wie-schwulen-ihre-sexuelle-identitaet-genommen-wird-ld.1460280

From voting for Democrats to being Trump’s “most loyal supporters”: Who are Diamond and Silk? An evening with the fast-talking sisters.
NZZ, November 2018: www.nzz.ch/gesellschaft/trumps-nuetzliche-idiotinnen-ld.1434933 

“Who is America?,” Sacha Baron Cohen asks in his new TV show –– but fails to answer it.
ZEIT ONLINE, July 2018: www.zeit.de/kultur/film/2018-07/who-is-america-sacha-caron-cohen-serie-satire

They call him “the Russian tank on ice”: Who is Alexander Ovechkin, one the best hockey players in the NHL, and Putin’s favourite ambassador to the US?
ZEIT ONLINE, June 2018: www.zeit.de/sport/2018-06/alexander-owetschkin-nhl-stanley-cup-finale

Every gesture a power move: The meeting between Kim and Trump will be as much about policy as it will be about images. How important is protocol for such an unprecedented summit? And how do you establish it in the first place? An interview with the former Chiefs of Protocol for President Bush and President Obama.
ZEIT ONLINE, June 2018: www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2018-06/nordkorea-gipfel-usa-singapur-protokoll-politische-beziehungen

If anyone knows how to negotiate with North Korea it’s Christopher Hill. The former diplomat was Ambassador to South Korea and led the US delegation at the Six-Party talks from 2005-09. What advice does he have for President Trump when he will be meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore?
ZEIT ONLINE, June 2018: www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2018-06/gipfeltreffen-donald-trump-kim-jong-un-nordkorea-interessen

Trump’s flamethrower: Who is Stephen Miller, the young, ultraconservative speechwriter working with the president-elect on his inauguration speech?
FAZ, 2017: www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/trumps-praesidentschaft/redenschreiber-des-praesidenten-trumps-flammenwerfer-14688737.html

How is the media preparing for the anti-media president?
FAZ, 2017: www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-01/us-medien-donald-trump-umgang-presse-journalismus

Going  back to normal after the terrorist attack at the Christmas market in Berlin

“Trump wants to be admired by the New York Times” – Margaret Sullivan on Trump’s relationship with the media

“I’ll keep fighting” – Bernie Sanders dissects the election and why Trump beat Clinton

On the road with a Republican campaign manager in North Carolina during election day

The last day before the election – bowing out in Raleigh, NC

Watching the second TV debate with Bernie Sanders’ die-hards

How are Trump supporters reacting to Donald Trump’s sexual braggadocio? An evening at the Trump Hotel in D.C.

Visiting Queens, Donald Trump’s old neighbourhood during the first TV debate

“Don’t Breathe” and the genius of horror films in 2016

How Donald Trump became “The Donald”



















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