The Roentgens' Berlin Secretary Cabinet

Discover the hidden features and intricate interior of this cabinet.

One of the finest achievements of European furniture making, this cabinet is the most important product from Abraham (1711--1793) and David Roentgen's (1743--1807) workshop. A writing cabinet crowned with a chiming clock, it features finely designed marquetry panels and elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button. Owned by King Frederick William II, the Berlin cabinet is uniquely remarkable for its ornate decoration, mechanical complexity, and sheer size.

This cabinet is from Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens:http://www.metmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/listings/2012/roentgen

Footage courtesy of VideoART GmbH and Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.


Hitler's Hidden City

Hitler's Hidden City (720p)

" This docu is a subterranean adventure under the streets of Berlin, following the work of a team of German archaeologists and historian exposing and exploring the last remaining structures of the Third Reich. We gain rare access to an underground city ordered and designed in part by Hitler himself, part of a vast network of over 1000 bunkers and many miles of tunnels, much of which has remained sealed since the war. Eyewitnesses and historians add colorful stories to cutting edge CGI that bring to life this network of bunkers, how they were built and how they were used in the dark days of the downfall of Berlin. "


Ray Manzarek Interview

Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, passed away today at 12:31PM PT at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.

On December 18th, 2012 Qello & Eagle Rock presented The Doors Hollywood Bowl concert film on Facebook. After the Digital Premier there was a Q&A; with The Doors Keyboardist, Ray Manzarek. This Q&A; was hosted by the legendary Rolling Stone reporter Ben Fong Torres.


How Many Drugs Can You Buy For $20 Around The World?

How much coffee, weed, cigarettes, cocaine, whiskey, and heroin can you buy for $20 around the world? Among the countries featured: USA, Norway, Japan, Netherlands, UK, China, Colombia, Germany, Afghanistan, Sweden, France, Philippines, Canada.


Today in History May 11

Highlights of this day in history: Charges dropped against Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case; Garry Kasparov loses a chess match against IBM's Deep Blue computer; Songwriter Irving Berlin born; Reggae star Bob Marley dies. (May 11)


Stamen Here

Navigate San Francisco, London, Berlin, and New York in various modes including photo, wireframe, and pinstripe.

Requires a WebGL browser but the maps appear to be accurate.


Two Enemy Pilots Meet After WW2

This film was taken when Bf-109 ace Franz Stigler met B-17 pilot Charlie Brown for the first time since their encounter during WWII!

The complete story of Franz and Charlie is now available in the New York Times best-selling book, "A Higher Call," available nationwide!

Learn more at: www.valorstudios.com/a-higher-call

About Franz Stigler:

Franz Stigler started flying gliders at age 12 and soloed in a bi-plane in 1933. He joined Lufthansa, becoming an Airline Captain, before joining the Luftwaffe in 1940. There, he became an instructor pilot, with one of his students being Gerhard Barkhorn, who would later become the second highest scoring Ace in history with over 300 victories.

Franz transferred to Bf 109 fighter aircraft upon learning of the loss of his brother August, who died piloting a bomber shot down over the English Channel. Franz flew combat in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Western Europe. He served as a Squadron Commander of three squadrons (Numbers 6, 8, and 12, of JG 27) and twice a Wing Commander, all flying Bf 109 fighters.

Franz formed EJG-1, possibly the first ever pre-jet training squadron before being hand picked as the Technical Officer of Gen. Adolf Galland's elite JV 44, "Squadron of Experts," flying the Me-262 jet.

Franz was credited with 28 confirmed victories and over thirty probables. He flew 487 combat missions, was wounded four times, and was shot down seventeen times, four by enemy fighters, four by ground fire, and nine times by gunners on American bombers. He bailed out six times and rode his damaged aircraft down eleven times.

He emigrated to Canada in 1953 and became a successful businessman. In addition to his many Luftwaffe decorations, Franz was presented with the "Order of the Star of Peace" by the Federation of Combattant Allies En Europe for his act of compassion on December 20, 1943. He is believed to be the only Luftwaffe pilot to be so recognized. Franz was also made an honorary member of the 379th Bomb Group Association. Our friend, Franz, died in 2008 at the age of 93.

About Charlie Brown:

Charlie Brown graduated as a US Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. in April 1943. He arrived in England in early November 1943 as a B-17F pilot/aircraft commander and was wounded twice in completing 29 bomber combat missions out of 31 attempts (24 over Germany proper) with the famed 379th Bomb Group. He then delivered fighters and bombers, and flew transports from North Ireland to the United Kingdom until becoming a B-17 instructor pilot stateside. Itching to return to duty overseas, Charlie became a C-54/C-87 pilot and flew in the CBI theatre until the end of the war.

After retiring from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel, Charlie accepted an appointment as a Senior Foreign Service Reserve Officer, serving for six years throughout Laos and Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After thirty years of government service he retired in 1972 and formed a combustion research company. In 1992 he was recognized by the Governor of West Virginia (Charlie's home state) with the "Distinguished West Virginia Award," both for his government service and research career. He was awarded a symbolic "Governor's Medal" by Governor Jeb Bush on October, 2001.

Charlie's most prestigious honor was belatedly bestowed by the USAF in February 2008, when he was awarded the Air Force Cross (second only to the Medal of Honor) for bringing his badly damaged B-17 home to England during his December 20, 1943 mission. Our friend, Charlie, died in November 2008 at the age of 86.


Boy: "Little Numbers": Sxsw 2013 Showcasing Artist

BOY - a contagious confection that has spread across the internet like wildfire. The Hamburg-based duo gets your toes tapping, mind playing, feet moving, emotions travelling, head thinking, hips jerking. But above all, they make music that brings a smile to your face. Imagine a mix of the art school elegance of Phoenix, the lively melodics of Feist and the emotional depth of Bon Iver. But to draw such comparisons is superficial and not especially helpful because what you miss is the originality of the BOY concept and the charisma of its two performers. The BOY phenomenon began this summer with their first single \'Little Numbers\'. Now, having conquered their native Germany and Switzerland, they are shipping their sharp brand of pop to the rest of Europe. BOY are both girls. Valeska Steiner sang in several bands in her native Switzerland before moving to Germany, where Sonja Glass grew up, playing the cello in classical orchestras as a child, and later working as a bass player for several pop bands. The duo met when Valeska won a place at a prestigious summer holiday music workshop in Hamburg. There she met Sonja, who had recently returned from a spell studying bass guitar in Holland. BOY\'s debut album, "Mutual Friends", is an autobiographical affair. "It\'s about arrivals and new beginnings," says Valeska, whose songs are written and sung in English. "About hopes and dreams and aspirations. We want to make music that\'s positive and hopeful," explains Valeska,. "There is more to music than heartbreak and loss," agrees Sonja.
"This is the Beginning" provides the springboard into the album. "Drive Darling" is inspired by Valeska leaving behind friends and family in Zurich. "And no rear view could picture what we leave behind. Drive, darling, drive." As the tempo rises and the driving sound of guitars push to the fore, the future seems to begin with a smile as a feeling of optimism prevails. In complete contrast however, "Waitress" explores the melancholy story of a barmaid stuck in time and wondering when her life is going to start: "While daylight is fading, while traders are trading, while the jukebox is playing, while lovers are dating, the waitress is waiting." You can hear the empathy in Valeska's voice on the album's last track, "July", a fitting end to the album, it closes the circle of venturing out into the world by bringing you, at last, back home.
The dozen songs on "Mutual Friends", painstakingly recorded over a two-and-a-half year period at the 12 square meter home studio of producer and multi-instrumentalist Philipp Steinke in Berlin, have gone through many transformations since they were written. "We made about 10 versions of most of the songs," says Sonja. "So they have evolved over the course of time. And some of them have ended up sounding completely different from the way they began."
BOY played most instruments on the record themselves. Only in some cases, such as drumming duties, a rotating roster of friends jumped in to play, among them Phoenix's live drummer Thomas Hedlund. Their irresistible debut single "Little Numbers", which has sparked countless YouTube tributes, is something of a straggler, being the last recorded from the sessions. But this is arguably precisely why the track is imbued with such a rambunctious drive and dizzying joyousness; it is the product of studio playtime, the long-awaited period where musicians can relax and have fun knowing -- wrongly as the case may be -- that all the work is done.
The colourful video, shot on the streets of Barcelona last summer, has already clocked up nearly two millions YouTube hits since it was uploaded in July. And the song swiftly spawned countless tributes from fans posting their own versions. BOY's "Mutual Friends" is an intoxicating mixture to lift even the dullest day out of the doldrums and the direct result of the refreshingly lively and humorous personalities of Valeska and Sonja. BOY sing smart, sharply-observed songs with hooks you can\'t get out of your head and lyrics that come from the heart. With its irresistibly breezy optimism, it\'s one of those out-of-nowhere pop hits that gets into your head and won\'t go away. BOY's songs reveal inventive twists, adding subtle experimental touches to a conventional pop palette of guitar, piano drums and bass.


Wake Owl: "Gold": Sxsw 2013 Showcasing Artist

Singer/songwriter Colyn Cameron of Wake Owl has been immersed in the world of music for the past ten years. Now based in Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR, Colyn was originally born and raised in southern California. "In the beginning I was mostly into rhyme stuff/hip hop," Colyn notes, "I wrote rap basically. I used to go around the school ground rapping my verses to whoever would listen. Then about seven years ago I picked up a guitar and taught myself basic stuff and immediately began writing songs."

After graduation Colyn trained in organic agriculture at Emerson College in England, worked on different farms throughout the UK, Germany, Chile and Canada, and traveled the world. Colyn found his journeys to be a catalyst for writing songs. "My writing process is always changing. I usually find the most inspiration after these long periods of not having too much of my own space, touring or traveling. A lot just tends to pour out rather quickly," he reflects.

Upon returning to Vancouver, Colyn spent some time playing in bands before deciding to record the songs he had written after his journey, and thus began the Wild Country EP. "With this EP I was really focused on just creating recordings I could be proud of and felt connected to as a group of songs. I wanted to capture and represent, in all its instrumentation and arrangement, what those songs mean to me," says Colyn. The result is a five-song EP that harvests raw, honest, emotion through Colyn's words and melodies.

The Wild Country EP will be made available nationwide via Vagrant Records on January 29th, 2013.


StarTalk : The Science of the Mind

Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil & co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by Wyatt Cenac, Cara Santa Maria and neuroscientist Heather Berlin at the Bell House in Brookyn to discuss the science of the mind.
Co-host: Eugene Mirman
Guests: Heather Berlin, Wyatt Cenac, Cara Santa Maria


Police Enter Bank Robbery Tunnel in Berlin

Days after an audacious bank robbery that tunnelled through to a Berlin bank safe deposit room, police enter tunnel.

Full story:

Robbers who dug a tunnel from an underground parking garage into the safe deposit of a German bank spent months and worked very professionally.

That's what the Berlin police are now, saying four days after the crime was detected.

The suspects are thought to have rented out a garage under the Volksbank in the German capital's Steglitz district and then constructed the tunnel.

[Thomas Neuendorf, Berlin Police Spokesman]:
"The tunnel was constructed very professionally. It was stabilized with beams, it has supports. Obviously the suspects spent months digging to build this roughly 135 foot-long tunnel from the garage to the bank."

Initial reports said the tunnel was 100 feet long.Police were alerted to the robbery on Monday morning after a guard saw smoke coming from the safety deposit room.

Berlin police are now looking for a man they say witnesses had seen outside the parking garage "many times."

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I Knew You Were Trouble

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