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2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon
30 Jahre Wochenzeitung „der Freitag“
Jakob Augstein in conversation with Joseph Vogl: Is this the end of capitalism?

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With an opening address by Dr. Torsten Wöhlert, Berlin state secretary for culture

In the wake of German reunification and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the “end of history” thesis appeared at the beginning of the 90s, predicting a complete and final triumph for democracy and the free market. At the very latest in the Year of Corona 2020, however, a different observation has been thrown into stark relief: Capitalism is everything but crisis-proof, and it's also not much help in times of pandemic. The coronavirus has focused on the cracks in our society like a magnifying glass, revealing different perceptions and interpretations of events and decisions. We're experiencing the dangerous excesses that come up when the algorithms made by gigantic tech corporations fuel the echo chambers of particular public spheres and traditional media outlets come under suspicion. What pressure do the laws of the web exert on journalism and how can a journalistic medium win back public trust? And is the more accurate thesis perhaps that of the end of capitalism – at least in the form it has turned into over the past few decades? What could a post-coronavirus pandemic economy look like? These subjects are at the centre of der Freitag publisher Jakob Augstein's conversation with literature, culture and media studies scholar Joseph Vogl on the occasion of the weekly magazine's 30th anniversary, broadcast on radioeins and live in the Freitag Salon on the Berliner Volksbühne's mainstage.

Once a month on radioeins and at the Freitag Salon in the Grüner Salon, the journalist and publisher Jakob Augstein sits down with a different guest to chat – about politics in culture, about society and its constraints, about the mechanisms of publicity and lies, and about the disappearance of democracy in capitalist societies. And radioeins broadcasts it live.

In this setting the stimulation machine of the internet is muted; the Freitag Salon is “unplugged”, as one used to say. Real people talk about real issues, and practice skills now endangered: taking the time, listening, understanding and learning.

The as-yet-unreached role model for this topical political discussion format is the legendary interview series by journalist Günter Gaus, which was broadcast back when television was still in black and white.

A cooperation between the Volksbühne Berlin, radioeins and Der Freitag

09.11.20, 19:30
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Past Activities

2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein im Gespräch mit Prof. Alena Buyx

The Corona pandemic has changed us all. When the number of infections skyrocketed in March and lockdown brought our social life to a standstill, our usual way of handling closeness and distance was turned upside down. Caring for our neighbors suddenly meant avoiding closeness, closeness was created through the media—over a distance. Mingled with this wave of solidarity, this shared aim of flattening the curve, were increasingly critical voices calling for cuts to fundamental rights and individual freedom. Live forward, understand backward: many consequences, such as what lockdown meant for children and young people, for people and companies in sudden life-threatening economic scenarios, but also the innovations and potential changes it has inspired, are only gradually becoming visible now. What might a moral compass for individuals look like in pandemic times? What will society be like “after Corona”? Jakob Augstein will discuss this with Alena Buyx, the chair of the German Ethics Council, on radioeins and at the Freitag Salon on October 19.

2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon mit Jakob Augstein
2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein im Gespräch mit Ranga Yogeshwar
2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein im Gespräch mit Holger und Silke Friedrich
2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein in Conversation with Horst Bredekamp

Art, colonialism, and an anti-colonial legacy: The blind spots in our politics of memory

Jakob Augstein talks to Horst Bredekamp about anti-colonial and liberal concepts in the ethnological approach to cultures and the implications for an possible culture of remembrance.

The discussion about how to deal with art from colonial contexts has been brewing for decades. Although a reappraisal of the colonial past is necessary in postcolonial discourse and debates about whether and how to carry out restitution—the return of art objects to former colonial territories—the art historian Horst Bredekamp feels that there is also a need for a precise examination of some of the decidedly anti-colonial and liberal ideas in the ethnological approach to cultures that were practiced in the nineteenth century by scholars such as Aby Warburg or Franz Boas. For Bredekamp it is not only about enriching our cultural memory, but also the contribution that this universal approach can make to collecting today and handling existing collections—a debate that also surrounds one of the largest museum projects of recent years, the Humboldt Forum in Berlin.

2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein in Conversation with Svenja Flaßpöhler

#MeToo and Its Consequences—Where Does Feminism Stand Today?

Svenja Flaßpöhler and Jakob Augstein will discuss the state of feminist discourse two years after #MeToo—specifically concerning women’s self-empowerment, gender equality, and the gender pay gap.

In the fall of 2017 the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein trigged a global debate. Using the hashtag MeToo, countless women took to social media to discuss experiences of harassment, assault, and even rape. In this discussion, philosopher Svenja Flaßpöhler adopted a controversial position by arguing that “apart from the fact that the outgrowths of #MeToo no longer addressed legal or constitutional issues, feminism has tweeted itself into a victim role which no longer exists so simply.” With her 2018 polemic “Die potente Frau,” she incited women to action, “no longer just in the sexual sphere, but rather out of the sexual sphere, and into the existential and professional spheres.”

2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein in Conversation with Lucia Parbel

Fridays for Future—what does the future of the climate movement hold?

How will Fridays for Future position itself in the future? Jakob Augstein discusses this with Fridays for Future activist Lucia Parbel.

When Greta Thunberg skipped school on August 20, 2018 in order to protest in front of the seat of the Swedish Parliament for more climate protection and then decided to do it every Friday, it was impossible to predict what she would set in motion. Soon, students across the globe were taking to the streets under the Fridays for Future banner. Following an appeal by the movement, millions of people around the world took part in a demonstration in autumn 2019. The movement has established climate protection as a top political issue as well as clear political demands—in Germany, these include reducing greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” and converting the entire energy supply to renewable sources of energy by 2035. But now stamina is required, because the government’s recently announced Climate Change Package is far from adequate: yes to climate protection, but it mustn’t hurt the voters, seems to be the motto. What is the next step for Fridays for Future? Should they follow the motto “now more than ever?” Or are more radical forms of protest needed, such as the massive traffic blockades practiced by the Extinction Rebellion movement?

2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein im Gespräch mit Marcel Fratzscher

“Aufschwung Ost” ReloadedHow Can the East Finally Get Back on Its Feet?

Jakob Augstein and Marcel Fratzscher will discuss living conditions in East and West, ways and means for a possible trend reversal, and the possibility of a new revitalization of the former East Germany.

On November 9, Germany will celebrate 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall—but German unity seems further away than ever. Many East Germans feel like second-class citizens, while the AfD is celebrating one election success after another in the East. For Marcel Fratzscher, President of the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin (DIW), reunification was an economic success - it is exceptionally rare for an economy to experience and master change as dramatic as that faced by the economy of the former East Germany in the 1990s, he argues. But this process of catch-up with the West has been in reversal for a number of years. There is a lack of investment, modernizations are not being pursued, the wage gap between East and West Germany persists, and there is a higher risk of poverty in the East - all factors contributing to continued social and political polarization in Germany. Fratzscher argues for a second set of post-reunification economic policy measures, saying: “It is no longer enough to view the East of Germany merely as an extended workbench for West German companies. Such a strategy is doomed to failure.”

2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein im Gespräch mit Friederike Otto

Ignorant climate—is there still hope for us?

Jakob Augstein discusses climate politics, attainable utopias, protest culture, and, of course, the weather with Friederike Otto

The weather is becoming more and more extreme: heat waves, droughts, storms, and floods accompany the summer months in particular. Are these only weather phenomena, or are they signs of climate change? And who are the real culprits? Countries and governments, economics and capitalism, or humanity in itself? Physicist and philosopher Friederike Otto attempts to answer these questions in her latest book Wütendes Wetter (Furious Weather). She is the acting director of the Environmental Change Institute in Oxford and investigates weather phenomena. Five years ago, she co-founded the new scientific discipline of attribution science. Its methodology is based on comparing the real world with an ideal parallel world that has no greenhouse effect, thus enabling the identification of the causes of individual weather phenomena. “The figures prove that, due to climate change, a heat wave such as the one in Germany in 2018 has become at least twice as likely as it was previously,” says the scientist. Her goal: politicians should no longer be able to invoke a universal climate change to cover up mismanagement and their own failures.

2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein im Gespräch mit Sophie Passmann

Jakob Augstein discusses the current debate culture, left-wing utopias, Europe, and old white men with Sophie Passmann

Much ado about nothing, or not enough? Is debate culture dying?

What is the matter with journalism and public discourse? Has talking and writing about things more or less come to an end? Facts and fiction, right and left, freedom and limits—topics that demand a respectful debate. Sometimes, however, it seems to be no longer about the matter at all, but rather about who is even allowed to discuss it. The fundamental question: Should one talk to everyone? Even right-wingers and discriminators, old white men? Absolutely! Friday publisher Jakob Augstein and author Sophie Passmann are already agreed on this, though it will emerge in the course of the evening that this is certainly not true for all topics.

Sophie Passmann is a presenter and author. Her book Old White Men was a bestseller, she is an ensemble member of Neo Magazin Royale with Jan Böhmermann and a presenter at 1LIVE. She writes the monthly column Alles or Nichts for ZEIT magazin and also presents the TV podcast Die Schaulustigen. In her remaining free time she discusses politics on Instagram and starts arguments with old white men on Twitter.

2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein im Gespräch mit Sawsan Chebli

Jakob Augstein discusses the challenges of democracy and society in times of populism and online hate speech with Sawsan Chebli.

Attacks on Democracy—What can be done about right-wing hate speech online?

Today, those in the public eye are frequently becoming involuntary targets. Trolls on the internet, racists on the street, populists in society—right-wing attacks target migrants, women, and the socially disadvantaged in particular. Even Sawsan Chebli (State of Berlin Delegate to the Federation and Permanent Secretary for Active Citizenship and International Relations) is confronted with this daily, receiving hate mail, discriminatory comments on Twitter, and verbal threats. She deactivated her Facebook account in October 2018 due to the amount of hate messages. Nevertheless, Chebli does not hold back: “The attacks on our democracy by perfectly organized right-wing movements and parties—especially on social media—are becoming increasingly brutal. And us? We are either silent or in reaction mode. It’s time for us to set the tone ourselves.” But how can this be done?

2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein im Gespräch mit Talal Derki

The Legacy of Violence: IS, Syria, and the Children of War

How does a child become a jihadist? And how much time is enough to really get to know people and their motives? As far as Syrian documentary director Talal Derki is concerned, days and weeks are not enough. In order to understand how and why children in Syria are becoming radicalized and joining IS, Derki filmed Abu Osama’s family for 330 days spread over a period of over two and a half years. The co-founder of Al-Nusra—the Syrian offshoot of al-Qaeda—dreams of establishing an Islamic caliphate and is raising his two eldest sons according to sharia law. “The children’s perspective reveals not only the whole madness of war but also their own childlike way of not losing hope,” says Talal Derki. With his Oscar-nominated documentary Of Fathers and Sons, he gives insights into a war-torn country and its divided society in search of a better future.

Jakob Augstein has a discussion with Talal Derki about Syria, the psychology of war, and his work. To accompany the discussion Babylon cinema will show Talal Derkis' current film Of Fathers and Sons on the 29.04.19 at 5:30pm. Information and tickets are available on the cinema website.

2 at 8: radioeins and Freitag Salon Jakob Augstein in conversation with Martin Schulz

Once a month on radioeins and the Freitag Salon at Grüner Salon, the journalist and publisher Jakob Augstein sits down with a different guest to discuss politics in culture, society and its constraints, the mechanisms of publicity and lies, and the disappearance of democracy in capitalist societies. radioeins broadcasts the conversations live.

In this setting the stimulation machine of the internet is muted; the Freitag Salon is ‘unplugged,’ as one used to say. Real people talk about real issues, and endangered practice skills are practiced such as taking time, listening, understanding and learning.

The unrivaled model of this topical political discussion format is the legendary interviews by journalist Günter Gaus, which broadcasted back when television was still in black and white.

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