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.

Weltpremiere: Schüler-Skype Los Angeles - Afghanistan

“Welche Noten hast du?” “Was sind deine Lieblingsfächer?” “Was machst du nach der Schule?” “Kannst du kochen?” “Wisst Ihr, was Tennis ist?” Das waren ein paar der Fragen, die sich Teenager der Windward School aus Los Angeles und der Kodoala Drab Schule in der Helmand-Provinz von Afghanistan stellten.

Random Acts of Kindness

What would you do if a friendly lady in her mid-30s approached you--a big smile on her face, a colorful tote hanging from her shoulder, a ziploc-bag of cookies in her hands--offering you her treats? For free! Nothing expected in return!

Nuclear Reactions: “Ignorance is Bliss”

I don’t get it! Why are Californians so relaxed about the two power plants that are standing right at their shore in tsunami zones and near earthquake faults? There is the Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo and the San Onofre Plant north of San Diego. A new active fault was discovered near Diablo Canyon a few years ago and scientists now say that San Onofre could experience even larger seismic activities than the maximum 7.0 magnitude earthquake that was predicted when the plant was built.

“What does the world I want to create sound like?”

Hans Zimmer still pinches himself every day realizing that a “kid from Germany that didn’t do any good in school suddenly is a composer in Hollywood”. I met Zimmer in his windowless studio in Santa Monica, where he sat down in jeans and T-Shirt between red plush chairs, computer monitors, a piano and several electric guitars to talk with me about creating the Oscar-nominated Inception score, his life in Hollywood, longing for Europe and his aversion for award ceremonies.

Why Battle: Los Angeles was filmed in Louisiana

So there is this new movie coming out soon: Battle: Los Angeles. Sure we will see lots of familiar places like Downtown’s skyscrapers and the Santa Monica Pier with it’s landmark ferris wheel, right? Yes we will! The weird thing about it is: the movie has been shot in Louisiana.