Radio B-East is a radio show broadcasted
every second Tuesday at 4 p.m. on Alex Offener Kanal Berlin,
every 1st Thursday at 10 a.m. on Radio FRO,
every 3rd Thursday at 19 p.m. and every 3rd Saturday at 13 p.m. on Radio Dreyeckland.
Most programs of Radio B-East consist of discussions, interviews and reports,
primarily about Eastern European themes.
The program is presented in English by Sani Manchak and German by Eugenia Seriakov.
If you want to participate in the Radio B-east show or suggest ideas for topics, feel free to contact us.



As a news consumer have you ever thought, how it is important to verify information ?

At Stony Brook University in New York over the past ten years there was developed the New Literacy curriculum to help people to develop their critical thinking skills needed to judge the reliability and credibility of information, whether it come via print, television or the Internet. This is a particularly important life skill in the Digital Age, as everyone struggles to deal with information overload and the difficulty in determining the authenticity of reports.

Interview with Richard Hornik, Lecturer of News Literacy Course, by Sani Manchak


Ukrainian Cosmopolitan

Our next interview is with a contemporary writer form Ukraine Andriy Lyubka. His works were translated into English, German, Polish, Russian and many other languages. He is the winner of different literary awards, as well.

Andriy Lyubka is not only a writer, but also a social activist, who has the capacity to look at local and world issues from different cultural and political perspectives.

We talk with Andriy about current situation in Ukraine and how he sees the relation between Eastern and Western Europe.

Interview with Andriy Lyubka by Sani Manchak
Photo by Rafał Komorowski


Along the Edges of European Cultures

On April 8th, 1971, 23 representatives of the minority from 14 European countries primarily met in Orpington in London and founded the World Roma Congress. The aim was the struggle for social justice and equality. This first international association was an expression of a new self-awareness, which found expression in its own anthem, "Gelem, Gelem", a national flag and the agreement on the self-designation Roma.

Since then April 8th remains the international ROMADAY.

Hamze Bytyci tells us about the communities' situation in Berlin and what the organization Romatrial is as well as how you can join to their community.

Interview with Hamze Bytyci by Eugenia Seriakov


Through the Streets of Berlin

The German capital attracts people from all over the world. There is something about Berlin that inflects others.

The city with its crazy energy in the air, diverse neighborhoods and unusual personalities demands both attention and appreciation.

Like all places, Germany has its issues, but Berlin is definitely the place to be, and it worth visiting.

Its uniqueness, cultural diversity and lifestyle makes to feel at home almost everyone, who arrive here.

Why do people come here to live and does Berlin become their home place forever, B-East decided to ask strangers in the streets of Berlin.

Interviews and photos by Sani Manchak


Urban activism in Ukraine

City planning is not just about authorities or govermental structures to deal with. It is also about citizens.

B-East Production talked about issues people facing while working with Urban topics to Ievgeniia Gubkina, architect and researcher in Центр міської історії in Lviv and Urban Forms Center in Kharkiv & Iuliia Popova, Program coordinator of «Democracy Endowment» in Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Ukraine.

Engaging people around activities means letting them manage their surrounding and building true civil society. Who should be those pro-active group, or who are them now? Which topic are most interesting to develop and work with today?

Interview with Ievgeniia Gubkina and Iuliia Popova by Iren Broh
Moderation by Viktoriya Shamray & Natasha Horyslavska



Following Sonja Vilč the aim of the improv and film project 'Should I Stay or Should I Go?' is the shift from representation to the interpretion and joint exploration of new possibilities of communication and expression.

Active as an actress and teacher in the improvisational theater group 'GORILLAS' in Berlin Ratibor Theater Sonja speaks in the show about her recently published book 'Collective Improvisation from theater to film and Beyond'.

Together with the Kolektiv Narobov from Ljubljana, they explore the limits and bridges between stage acting and film, as well as social and political ideas convert to elastic models and therefore they are re-formed.

Interview with Sonja Vilč by Eugenia Seriakov


Ciocia Basia protects women’s rights

Last weeks abortion topic becomes popular to discuss, as Polish government accepted project of law, which totally prohibit abortion.

20 years ago government in Poland accepted that Polish women can't do an abortion by the wish, unless it makes danger for woman's life, baby would have penalty diseases or pregnancy was result of criminal (rape, incest or sex with person under 15 y.o.)

Women had to cooperate and realize abortion abroad. Activists in Berlin cooperated into Ciocia Basia

Interview with Natalia from Ciocia Basia by Eugenia Seriakov


Belarusian humanitarian mission in ATO

Andrej Strizhak – idea maker and one of the initiators of the only volunteering Humanitarian route Belarus – ATO.

He was activist during Maidan in Kyiv from the very beginning of protests. It inspired him a lot, so his beliefs in civil society on the way to build democracy decreased.

When on the Eastern Ukraine ATO started – he took responsibility and organized group of volunteers to help people who left without food, clothes and often even homes while attacks. People, who stayed in “grey zone” where any of Russian or Ukrainian states could reach sometimes, got a chance for help.

Interview with Andrej Strizhak by Iren Broh


OstPost open space

Would you like to discover Eastern European languages, culture or literature, but you won’t have friends to share your interests? Here, in OstPOst cafe - small residence of Eastern Europe in Berlin - you can stop to have a cup of coffee, tea and unforgettable time surrounded by people with common interests.

Would you like to watch movie, visit language classes or workshops? Maybe, you are looking for a place in Berlin to organize your own party?

With details of OstPost activities with us shared their founder Luba.

Interview with Luba by Eugenia Seriakov



Levan Manjavidze is an artist born in Georgia,Tiflis. He approaches his artistic practice as anthropological science and focuses on representation of human beings.His work originates from study of human psyche and subconscious symbolism, which he translates into visual language. He develops bodies of works articulating with each other like puzzle without limiting himself to a single medium.

Most of Levan’ works are oil paintings and photomontages. He looks for correspondences between his imagination and images of the real world by taking photographs and researching through Internet data.

Interview with Levan Manjavidze by Eugenia Seriakov and Sani Manchak
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The Occupy movement of migrant workers in Slovenia, classic drama and one of the first independent community radios 'Radio Student' have something in common.

As a collective project, ROG is a self-organized, autonomous and political space to experiment, interact and create utopias. Of course, such hybrid activities don't necessarily need to stay localized.

In addition to the retrospective on the history and past actions of the social center, our guest also spoke about relevant activities, Border Monitoring and decentralized actions and networks of the collective around the 'Socialni Center ROG'.

Interview with Ziga by Eugenia Seriakov



One struggle, one fight, KOZE, POTSE, DRUGSTORE BLEIBT!!! the motto of the staff and friends of the oldest occupations of Berlin when they fight against gentrification in their neighborhood. The 'Drugstore' since 1972 and 'Potse' since 1978 are the oldest existing autonomous projects and the last autonomously managed spaces for young people in West Berlin.

The district office Tempelhof -Schöneberg has terminated the lease of these two self-administered youth centers by December 31st this year.

What self-managed youth work can be like and why youngsters do not want to leave their space without further ado in order to preserve the autonomous centers is what you hear in this podcast.

Interview by Eugenia Seriakov



For our program we invited the architect and activist Iva Čukić to tell us about the city of Belgrade and what happens there regarding public space and housing policies.

As the co-founder of the Ministry of Space Collective she is constantly moving between the official path of negotiating with public authorities and the decision of taking direct action in order to create living space as a commonly shared space.

Radio B-East spoke with her about the collective's previous and current actions, about their challenges and how gentrification concerns every one of us.

Interview with Iva Čukić by Eugenia Seriakov



Love for food makes you do sometimes incredible things! This what happened two years ago to Polina Marchenko from Ukraine. Struggling everyday what to cook inspired her to create a free online application Kptn Cook, which gives you hundreds of delicious recipes for everyday life.

Simple and tasty dish will take you no longer than 30 minutes to prepare with Kptn Cook. The crew behind KptnCook is based in Berlin and they all are a talented mix of entrepreneurs, techies, designers and communicators.

Interview with Polina Marchenko
by Sani Manchak and Eugenia Seriakov



This summer all film lovers had the opportunity for the first time to see the work of some Ukrainian directors in the capital of Germany.

The event was organized in support of arrested director Oleg Sentsov by producers Anna Kachko and Anna Palenchuk. Russian authorities allege Sentsov was involved in a terrorist plot in his home city of Simferopol following the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula last year.

Ukrainian Film Days highlighted the case of a young director seized by Russian agents to remind stories of on unfair punishment.

Interview with Anna Kachko by Sani Manchak



From the protest on the streets in Ukraine to the cultural project in Germany… So was born a new creative movement ‘ArtMaidan’. The initiator of this assignment was Ukrainian journalist and artist Julia Marushko. Together with some other members of the artistic group she promotes Ukrainian culture and language abroad. ‘Everyone who is ready to participate in our project, is welcome to join ArtMaidan’–said Till Andreas Dunkel, member of the initiative. The main idea of Artmaidan is to support the Ukrainian activists and with the help of artistic projects build the bridge between people in Ukraine and the rest of Europe.

Interview with Till Andreas Dunkel by Eugenia Seriakov
Photo by ArtMaidan



The producer Marco Benson, together with journalist Ulrich Heyden in their film ‘Lauffeuer’ documented the events that had happened during the fire attack on the trade union house in Odessa on May 2, 2014. Our interview reflects on the experiences during the film shoot. We present excerpts of interviews in the film and exchange ideas and thoughts on issues of right-wing populism in Ukraine and the international response to the current political situation on the ground.

Interview with Marco Benson by Eugenia Seriakov



Violetta Pleshakova is a trainer for Consciousness Coaching, which workshops bring development, personal transformation, and coaching together. Violetta’s natural eloquence, wisdom and absolute dedication make her a truly outstanding trainer. As a coach, she gives her clients the gifts of inspiration, so they can explore the ideas, tools, and strategies to create a life they love. Violetta Pleshakova supports and guide others on their path of transformation.

Interview with Violetta Pleshakova by
Eugenia Seriakov and Sani Manchak



NEETS are young people aged between 15 and 29 years old who are not in employment, education or training. They are a potential problem both for society and for themselves. So what makes a NEET? And what can governments do to make sure young people successfully make the transition from education into work? Director for Erasmus+ Antonio Silva Mendes suggests several intertwined factors.

Interview with Antonio Silva Mendes by Paula Munteanu
Photos by EaPYouthForum



New developments and processes related to employment of young people were discussed on the 2nd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum in Riga, Latvia. Opening speeches were held by Speaker of the Saeima, National Parliament Ms Inara Murniece, Mr Mathieu Bousquet from European Commission, Ms Marite Seite, who is a Minister for Education and Science, Mr Antonio Silva Mendes, Director for Erasmus+ and some other representatives from Latvian government. Listen to their presentations!

Photos by EaPYouthForum



Elena Ursu, the expert of youth policies in the EaPYouthForum, tells to Radio B-East her thoughts on the topic of Romanian youth employability. In our interview she shares the valuable advice on how to increase youth interest in different European Union programs. She also gives a good explanation on the question like why youngsters from non-EU countries can hardly benefit from EU projects and what the opportunities for such people are to participate in EU activities.

Interview with Elena Ursu by Sani Manchak



Living abroad is always a unique experience for all. Living in Russia, where Western influences and traditional Russian values form a distinctive atmosphere is an unforgettable memory for the whole life. Berthold Linder from Germany and Feng Liu from China both chose to stay in Arkhangelsk, the city in the north part of the country. Why their decision felt there, men tell us in Radio B-East!

Interview with Feng Liu by Eugenia Seriakov Interview with Berthold Linder by Sani Manchak



That is the name of photography exhibition, which includes works from Eckhard Hammel and Angela Scheuren. About 50 pictures of different memorials from the heart of German capital are represented in 'Berlin Memopolis'. The city is not only the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, but also a "Capital of Memory", said our guest, philosopher and founder of 'Centre for Open Communication'in Berlin Eckhard Hammel.

Interview with Eckhard Hammel by Eugenia Seriakov and by Sani Manchak



In 2013 Maria Preußmann, free journalist from Germany, travelled across Belarus. After several journeys she published her book called 'Young in Belarus'. In this project she invested her own money, and without any support gave it life. Her book opens an inside look at this Post - Soviet country and allows readers to see Belarus as it really is. From where young girl from Germany got the interest to a dictatorship country, we asked on Radio B-East.

Interview with Maria Preußmann by Eugenia Seriakov and by Sani Manchak



21th of November was the first anniversary of Euromaidan in Kyiv, Ukraine. According to the event Polish journalist and publicist Piotr Pacewicz from “Gazeta Wyborcza” organized a running tour through cities Warsaw - Kiev. It was aimed to bring the attention of Europeans to the Ukrainian conflict. '...If we do forget about Ukraine now, it will mean we make Putin's dream comes true.' - said Piotr Pacewicz in our interview.

Interview with Piotr Pacewicz by Oleg Dorka



How Romanian life was before and how it changed after presidential elections. What do Romanians think, hope and expect from their current head of the state. Those and other questions we asked Berliner's with a Romanian background. Together, we tried to discover, who is responsible and what could be done about corruption, discrimination and poverty in Romania.

Interview with Rudolf Gräf by Eugenia Seriakov
Interview with Cristian Dragnea by Sani Manchak



So is called the book by musician Natalia Stuphorn. She comes from Orenburg (Russia), however already more then eighteen years she has been living in Germany. Her love to creativity brought her not only to play five musical instruments, but also to write a novel about life in Ukraine and in Germany during the Second World War. Natalia made a successful musician career and what is more, she is a happy mother and wife. A story about love, faith and hope...

Interview with Natalia Stuphorn by Eugenia Seriakov
In the photo Natalia Stuphorn with her family



It is a novel by Lana Berndl (Ukrainian) and Sergei Spirihin (Russian). It tells a true story of love between Ukrainian woman and Austrian man and the places where it took. In the novel 'Unforgettable Films, Unforgettable Stars” is described a love triangle between Lana, Karl and his wife Maria. The novel was written in Russia and after translated into German. Two authors are still working together at other projects.

Production by RDL
Reading by Ariane Zeuner
Moderation by Viktoria Balon



Iryna Lysenko is the founder and president of Youth NGO ISKRA since September 2008. She is enrolled in a Master's program in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg. Once being volunteer herself, Iryna decided to share this experience with others. Now her organization gives youth a chance to learn new skills in a multicultural environment. Offering different projects, European Voluntary Service, youth exchanges and trainings Iskra, that in English is translated as Spark, had already chanced lives of many young people. You can also benefit from it and improve not only professional, but also personal qualities!

Interview with Iryna Lysenko by Sani Manchak



Three things that will transform any woman into an entrepreneur. Val Racheeva is CEO and Co-Founder of WEFOUND world's first global start up community that combines personal development, business and tech. Together with her colleague Franziska Nylen they encourage women all over the world to go for their true ambitions and start their own businesses. WEFOUND is operating through local communities, which organize regular workshops, events, panel discussions and webinars.

Photo by Valeska Von
Interview with Val Racheeva by Eugenia Seriakov



Ekaterina Prokofyeva, an actress from St. Petersburg, Russia. She tells her story of how her live behind the curtain is. Films: 'Nekromant' by J. Mittelbach; 'Kollimator' by Jupiter de la Batardise; 'Igel im Nebel' by C. Keilmann;'Jelena' by S.Kobs and several other video and musik projects. Theatre: 'Schlafzimmergäste' by Karin Seven, 'Don Quichotte' by Ulrich Radow; 'Schattenschwestern','Der Mirakel' by B.Beer and others.

Photo by Lissy Lou
Interview with Ekaterina Prokofyeva by Ulli Grüning



Spanish producer Jupiter de la Batardise, who is currently working in Berlin within Eastern European productions, shares his secret how to make a short film with no budget. His latest movie 'Kollimator' is a selfie film done under Do-It-Yourself ethics. The film has been entirely shot by the actors themselves without any rehearsals and the minimum and most basic electronic equipment. It is a story about the value of things and human life in our current consumerist society.

Interview with Jupiter de la Batardise by Eugenia Seriakov



This summer in Hamburg NDR Building around 600 journalists from all over Germany met at the conference, called ´You'll never walk alone´. They shared their experiences and discussed actual events in the world. One of the hotly debated topics was Ukrainian conflict. Invited to participate in the discussion ware Uwe Klussman from 'Spiegel', Jörg Eigendorf from 'Welt', Natascha Fiebrig from Ukrainian TV Channel '1+1' and Katja Gloger from 'Stern'. Moderation was by Volker Weichsel publisher from 'Eastern Europe'. Each of them had different interpretation of Ukrainian crises.

Photo by Netzwerk Recherche