Berlin Journal: April 2011

On this episode of the Berlin Journal, Vogue magazine literary critic Meghan O'Grady speaks with American Academy fellow Rivka Galchen about her 2008 novel Atmospheric Disturbances and her current work-in-process The Nature Theater of Oklahoma.

Markus Walker, economics editor at the Wall Street Journal Europe speaks to political scientist Ellen Kennedy about the German economic model and why it has fared so well during the global economic crisis.

Finishing up the hour is a conversation with acclaimed art critic Hal Foster. The American Academy fellow is interviewed by Texte zur Kunst magazine editor Isabella Graw about his current project "Bathetic, Brutal, and Banal: Strategies of Survival in 20th Century Art."

The Berlin Journal magazine (Spring 2011), which includes the piece "Crossing Over: The Precarious Art of Thomas Hirschhorn" by Hal Foster, is out now. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit