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.

Arriving in Los Angeles


"Just twenty hours ago I was standing with my fake fur jacket in the slush of the smoking area at the airport of Berlin-Tegel.
The world should stop right now. The country-girl from Germany has made it to Los Angeles.
I would like to let go of a Tarzan-worthy scream."

13 years ago I arrived in Los Angeles for my new assignment as West coast correspondent for German public radio. A dream had come true. It hit me with the force of a baseball bat when I stepped off the plane:

The Most Amazing Thing


"Flying the space ship was the absolut highlight of my life. I had never seen a black sky in the middle of the day. Here I was, just a little old guy, born and raised in South Africa, didn't even go to university.
And I'm an astronaut now."

Mike Melvill talking to soundslikerstin about his flight into space 2004.

Mike Melvill has taken the little plane, he built with his wife Sally on a flight around the world. They still use it to fly cross country to visit family and friends or just to go on a little adventure. Mike was a test pilot for many years, risking his life flying the newest designs of unconventional aircrafts created by the team of Burt Rutan's Scaled Composits.

When I visited Mike I found him to be one of the most humble, kind and friendly people I ever interviewed. There were still sparkles in his eyes when he remembered his historic flight with Space Ship One, June 21, 2004.

Let People Know That Jews Have Fought

"It is important that people know that Jews have fought,
That Jews have not just been captured and put in camps and killed in camps.
Many Jews have fought in the resistance. Even more important: Jewish women!
That's what my mission is." 


I met Marthe Cohn at the house of the German Consul General in Los Angeles. The 96 year old tiny Jewish woman was telling an almost unbeleivable story of crossing the border at the end of WW II to spy for the French army. I knew I had to meet her again to find out more about her life. So I sat down a few days later with Marthe for more than four hours and still am so grateful she took the time to talk with me.

Just imagine:

Power of Art And Activism

G.B.: "... Artists are the gatekeepers of truth, their civilization's radical voice. They are our moral kompass.
B.B. "...There's a sense that we are in the middle the civil rights movement of this generation. But there is also a lot of inertia. There are a lot of people who are invested in the status quo who want to see things stay the way they have been for so long. ... We now have access to storytelling tools that five years ago did not exist ... so I feel it's part of our responsibility, to use those tools to take it to another level."

Gina Belafonte and Bryonn Bain talking with soundslikerstin about their production of Lyrics From Lockdown

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