Radio Spaetkauf is’s Berlin news conversation. On this week’s episode, Maisie and Joel discuss Berlin’s transport company, the BVG, which doesn’t like graffiti. When two filmmakers decided to make a documentary about trainwriting (graffiti on trains) in Berlin, the BVG went to court to have the film banned. After two years, the ban has been lifted and the film is now set for general release. We talk to the the directors behind ‘Unlike U: Trainwriting in Berlin’ about their fight to get the film shown.
Also on the show: After another PhD plagiarism scandal hits German politics, we discuss whether the country’s obsession with academic qualifications is causing politicians to cut corners. And we talk about how the legendary Tacheles has reopened - but not to the public - as well as toxic graffiti, the Berlin robber tunnellers using Facebook to fool the police, and how Berlin’s housing crisis may save the much maligned GDR ‘Plattenbau.’