Stories From California

Sometimes I want to write more than just journalistically about my experiences as a reporter. That is why I started to write down my thoughts, observations and emotions beyond scripts for radio, print and TV. This experiment is a lot of fun and scary at the same time. But, as they say, you have to get out of your comfort zone.

On a Vegan Mission in Inglewood


"I want to have whatever she's having!" was my first thought the minute chef Miss B. jump-danced from behind the kitchen counter towards me, her smile and the neon yellow silk scarf wrapped around her hair brightening up the restaurant shouting "There is the German reporter with a microphone!". She told me she had started her vegan diet in 1990 when she was 40. She still looks that same age! 

Tyron Ricketts - Surfsehnsucht


Der deutsche Schauspieler, Musiker, Aktivist und Weltreisende Tyron Ricketts ist umgezogen nach Los Angeles. Bekannt unter anderem als Kommissar Grimm der ZDF-Serie SOKO Leipzig will er den Durchbruch in Hollywood schaffen und ausprobieren ob ihm das Leben an der US Westküste gefällt.

The Head Scarf - A Conversation Starter


Sama Wareh was born in California, her parents came from Damascus Syria to the United States. In life and art she explores differences and similarities between cultures and traditions. Look at her series "A Native American Met a Bedouin". The thirty year old artist and adventurer started to wear a head scraf in sixth grade. A decision related to her mother and Batman! She did not take the scarf of since then - well of course she does not wear the same shawl every day, but she never goes without covering her head. Over time  Sama added a hat and a feather to the traditional clothing she wears in a fashion that makes her look more like a Cowgirl than devote Muslim. But don't be fooled. 

Homeless in Paradise


Los Angeles is famous for its Hollywood glamour and laid back beach atmosphere. Lesser known is the city's status as homeless capitol of the United States. More than 58 thousand people live on the streets, in parks, cars, doubled up with family and friends, hop from couch to couch or are cramped together in tiny motel rooms. 

Obdachlos im Paradies


Los Angeles ist berühmt für Hollywoodglamour und entspannte Strandatmosphäre. Weniger bekannt ist, dass die Metropole am Pazifik auch die Obdachlosenhauptstadt der USA ist: Mehr als 58 tausend Menschen leben auf der Straße, in Parks, wandern von Couch zu Couch bei Freunden und Verwandten, übernachten in kleinen Motelzimmern oder Notunterkünften.

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