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For a pretzel, for a word. Deutschlandfunk Kultur invites you to the live radio show from the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. Be there when we welcome a prominent guest from culture, science, media or politics to the Mechanical Arena. Have an engaging conversation together about the issues of our time. Chat, argue or think out loud together.


Here you can experience radio up close, to watch and also to join in the discussion. An engaging conversation about the issues of the day, broadcast throughout the republic, made in the new old centre of Berlin, in the rebuilt City Palace.

Julia Reuschenbach is a political scientist at the Free University of Berlin. She researches political parties, election campaigns and political communication and is one of the most sought-after experts when it comes to explaining political populism and the rise of the AfD.

Steffen Mau is a sociologist at Humboldt University Berlin and the author of several non-fiction books, e.g. "Lütten Klein. Leben in der ostdeutschen Transformationsgesellschaft" and most recently (together with Thomas Lux and Linus Westheuser) "Triggerpunkte. Consensus and conflict in contemporary society."

Further dates and guests:
  • Thursday, March 21 with Ijoma Mangold
  • Thursday, April 11 with Carolin Emcke
  • Thursday, April 25 with Ulrich Matthes
Further information:

  • free of charge
  • from 11.50 a.m. to 1 p.m. (start of live broadcast at 12.05 p.m.)
  • Talk
  • Language: German
  • Mechanical Arena in the Foyer
(Program in German)
Additional information