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Radio Free Europe, and a farewell to Prague

Students got out of touristy Old Town Prague on Tuesday for a short bus ride out to the headquarters of Radio Free Europe. If you’re a similar age as Hatcher and I, you might think of RFE as a weapon of U.S. propaganda during the Cold War, but it has been strictly a news and […]
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Prague: City of Light and Dark – and Snow

Our first full day in Prague was filled with giddy snowball fights and somber reflection on WWII deaths and the 1968 Communist crackdown during Prague Spring. Our tour guide Renata met us at the hotel promptly at 9 a.m. and we walked across the Charles Bridge up to Prague Castle. We stopped along the way […] Continue Reading

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From Berlin to Prague

It’s after 11 p.m. in Prague on Sunday the 13th and we’re all a bit worn out from the nearly 5-hour train ride from Berlin. Another study abroad group from a university in Washington state was headed to Prague as well, and apparently Deutsche Bahn decided to cram all of the Americans into one hot […] Continue Reading

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Last day in Berlin

There were many yawns, and perhaps a bleary eye or two, as we gathered in the lobby Saturday for one last day of exploring Berlin. A good number of our students had returned just a few hours earlier after having been shown the city’s nightlife by our gracious hosts from DEKRA Houschule, but all were […] Continue Reading

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Deutsche Welle and Dekra Hochschule Berlin

Friday was as near perfect a day as one can have in Gutenberg World. We began at 9 a.m. with a tour of Deutsche Welle, Germany’s largest broadcaster. The purpose of DW is to broadcast news from a German perspective in 30 languages around the world. Even though it is a tax-supported organization, DW strives […] Continue Reading

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Walking in Luther’s steps

A 40-minute train ride Thursday morning took us from Berlin to Wittenberg, the home of Martin Luther, whose “95 Theses” sparked the Protestant Reformation nearly 500 years ago. The town is undergoing preparations for a large anniversary of the event in 2017; one unfortunate casualty of the renovations was that students were unable to see […] Continue Reading

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Eating and drinking together

We keep asking the students, and ourselves, what the best part of our journey has been thus far. The answer comes back in the form of serendipitous moments and seeing the historic sights. One popular answer is simply spending time together over meals. Alex Hay ordered a calzone that turned out to be as big […] Continue Reading

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Gutenberg on the go

Here’s a whirlwind summary of our past 24 hours: We landed at Berlin’s Tegel Airport, which we love because it’s human sized. We walked off the plane into a light rain and onto a bus that transported us 100 yards across the tarmac to the terminal. Security is just inside the terminal, and after getting […] Continue Reading

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BBC Television and HUGE on our last full day in London

We began this week with a visit to BBC Television Centre in East London, which is set to close in the next few months. As noted yesterday, BBC radio and television will soon be housed under one roof. The beloved Bush House studios that contain the BBC World Service, heard over many public radio stations […] Continue Reading

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Things gained, things lost

Sunday was a day largely devoted to the past of media. We divided the class into two groups. Everyone visited the following sites, albeit in different order depending on which group each was assigned to. We toured BBC Broadcasting House, which has held much of the UK-based radio programming studios since the 1920s. The art […] Continue Reading

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