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    • Americans Can Study in Germany for Free, in English. An Increasing Number Are Doing It.

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
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    "Americans Can Study in Germany for Free, in English. An Increasing Number Are Doing It." is from the World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • Germany Won’t Become the ‘Leader of the Free World’ After All, and the Germans Don’t Mind

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    One of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s most distinctive character traits has been caution. For years, it served her well and helped her sideline rivals and other rising stars.

    "Germany Won’t Become the ‘Leader of the Free World’ After All, and the Germans Don’t Mind" is from the February 21, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Leaked Documents Reveal Financial Habits of Queen Elizabeth and Trump Officials

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    A huge leak of financial documents revealed by a group of about 100 media organizations on Sunday provided deep insights into some of the mechanisms used by top politicians and celebrities to escape paying taxes.

    "Leaked Documents Reveal Financial Habits of Queen Elizabeth and Trump Officials" is from the November 06, 2017 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • U.S. Workers Want More Money. Many Europeans Just Want More Free Time.

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    When Europe’s largest industrial union, IG Metall, won a landmark battle with 700 companies this week, 900,000 workers were able to celebrate a 4.3 percent pay raise and a one-time payment. But perhaps even more importantly, they also won the right to temporarily reduce their week to 28 hours, even though they would only be paid for the hours spent at work. Workers can now work fewer hours — for less money — if they want.

    "U.S. Workers Want More Money. Many Europeans Just Want More Free Time." is from the February 08, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • As U.S. Gun Debate Rages On, Australians Hand in 57,000 Firearms, and Norway Is Set for a Broad Ban

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    As more U.S. companies were showing support for stricter gun laws this week, two foreign governments announced Wednesday that they had made significant progress on restricting access to firearms.

    "As U.S. Gun Debate Rages On, Australians Hand in 57,000 Firearms, and Norway Is Set for a Broad Ban" is from the March 01, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Germany Considers to Fight Pollution with Free Public Transportation

    • By: The Washington Post, Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    When the discussion turns to the rising costs of living in many global cities, one factor rarely goes unmentioned: public transport fees. New Yorkers only spend about $116.50 per month on average, compared with up to $200 in London.

    "Germany Considers to Fight Pollution with Free Public Transportation" is from the February 14, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Ugly History of 'Luegenpresse,' a Nazi Slur Shouted at a Trump Rally

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    The defamatory word was most frequently used in Nazi Germany. Today, it is a common slogan among those branded as representing the “ugly Germany”: members of xenophobic, right-wing groups.

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    • Why Are European Kids Committing Fewer Crimes? They’re Too Busy on Their Phones.

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Every generation of adults loves to complain about today's unruly, good-for-nothing young people. But a group of Danish researchers says kids these days are actually on their best behavior.

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    • Isolation Is Rising in Europe. Can Loneliness Ministers Help Change That?

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    As the number of single households in Europe has steadily risen in recent years, so have the concerns over an issue that is not often in the focus of national political debate: loneliness, “the hidden epidemic,” according to the Red Cross.

    "Isolation Is Rising in Europe. Can Loneliness Ministers Help Change That?" is from the February 02, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • All Over Europe, Suspected Russian Spies Are Getting Busted

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    BERLIN — When two men suspected of poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal appeared on Russian television earlier this month, the bizarre interview set the stage for another round of Western-Russian accusations. Viewers around the world subsequently mocked the pair, who had quickly become the world’s most famous suspected Russian spying duo.

    "All Over Europe, Suspected Russian Spies Are Getting Busted" is from the September 24, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • France’s Macron Visits China to Talk Fairer Trade and the Future

    • By: Rick Noack, James McAuley
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    As French President Emmanuel Macron began his three-day visit to China on Monday, he arrived with a bold message. “Europe is back,” he said. “I came here to tell China my determination to get the Europe-China partnership into the 21st century,” Macron said.

    "France’s Macron Visits China to Talk Fairer Trade and the Future" is from the January 08, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and James McAuley and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Germans Wonder Why Trump Keeps Lashing out at Them and Not Russia or Saudi Arabia

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    When news emerged in 2013 that the U.S. government had monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel's communications for years, Merkel sent a firm but conciliatory message to Washington. Friends don't “spy on each other,” she said, and then moved on to calm tensions.

    "Germans Wonder Why Trump Keeps Lashing out at Them and Not Russia or Saudi Arabia" is from the May 30, 2017 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • A German Nursing Home Tries a Novel Form of Dementia Therapy: Re-Creating a Vanished Era for Its Patients

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    The two 93 year olds spent much of their lives in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Now, decades later, the vanished communist era appeared — at least for them — to be back. The Intershop store they were browsing in was, of course, a reproduction, and the song playing in the background, “Old Like a Tree,” had long ago disappeared from the radio.

    "A German Nursing Home Tries a Novel Form of Dementia Therapy: Re-Creating a Vanished Era for Its Patients" is from the December 26, 2017 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • With Everyone Focused on Russia, China Is Quietly Expanding Its Influence Across Europe

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Shortly after the turmoil surrounding President Trump’s repeatedly rescheduled visit to Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May embarked on a trip to Beijing where she celebrated a new “golden era” and was cheered by the Chinese news media for not bringing up pesky human rights issues.

    "With Everyone Focused on Russia, China Is Quietly Expanding Its Influence Across Europe" is from the February 05, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • In Divisive Brazilian Election, Even Nazis Are up for Debate

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    As Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers' Party rose to power in Berlin during the 1930s, the economic woes of the doomed Weimar Republic forced tens of thousands of workers to migrate abroad. Some of them ended up in Brazil, where the National Socialists soon established their own branch, which became the biggest outside Germany.

    "In Divisive Brazilian Election, Even Nazis Are up for Debate" is from the September 21, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • Cryptocurrency Mining in Iceland Is Using so Much Energy, the Electricity May Run Out

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The value of bitcoin may have stumbled in recent months, but in Iceland it has known only one direction so far: upward. The stunning success of cryptocurrencies around the globe has had a more unexpected repercussion on the island of 340,000 people: It could soon result in an energy shortage in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

    "Cryptocurrency Mining in Iceland Is Using so Much Energy, the Electricity May Run Out" is from the February 13, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • ‘Overwhelming’ Interest Makes Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ Popular Again

    • By: Rick Noack
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    Reprinting Hitler's autobiography “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle) was long prohibited in Germany — a country that considered the book too dangerous to be read. Now, it's a German bestseller.

    "‘Overwhelming’ Interest Makes Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ Popular Again" is from the January 03, 2017 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Europeans Had School Shootings, Too. Then They Did Something About It.

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Contrary to what you may sometimes hear, school shootings are not unique to the United States. Germany, for instance, went through a string of devastating attacks between 2002 and 2009. Between 1996 and 2008, major school shootings also occurred in Finland and Scotland, among other places.

    "Europeans Had School Shootings, Too. Then They Did Something About It." is from the February 15, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • This Hostel in Berlin Is a Clandestine Cash Cow for North Korea

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Berlin’s City Hostel appears at first glance to be a simple, cheap option for staying in the German capital. It’s not far from landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, and while online reviews complain of dodgy WiFi and broken windows, the hostel offers “good value for your money,” as one traveler recently remarked. A bed in a mixed six-person dorm costs only about $20.

    "This Hostel in Berlin Is a Clandestine Cash Cow for North Korea" is from the May 11, 2017 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • ‘Declaration of War’: European Officials Offer Brutal Responses to Trump Tariffs

    • By: Rick Noack
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    European officials have not minced words in recent months regarding a U.S. president they often consider to be an obstacle rather than an ally. But Trump's announced intention to impose punishing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum triggered an especially sharp backlash Friday from a number of countries.

    "‘Declaration of War’: European Officials Offer Brutal Responses to Trump Tariffs" is from the March 02, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rick Noack and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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