While Germany debates the migration issue, Abbas Khider writes about how refugees actually feel. The Iraqi-born author draws on his own experiences to describe the misery. He's fighting for more human kindness.
Syrian author Hamid Sulaiman's graphic novel "Freedom Hospital" is dedicated to his best friend who was tortured to death. His book depicts the horrors of the Syrian civil war - and the people living through it.
Calling all literature lovers! The Leipzig Book Fair and Abbas Khider's story on refugees. Also on the show: protest and pop - a tract by a Pussy Riot activist; a cultural history of the tuba and new writing on the Web.
Prophetic or just well-timed? Several novels from 2015 were overtaken by real events: Salman Rushdie conjured up a state of emergency and Michel Houellebecq played with the West's fear of Islam.
Are silent films just slapstick and gags? The Silent Film Festival in Bonn is breaking down clichés of the genre by screening soundless movies about prostitution in Vienna, Ireland's IRA - and a film from China.
Nearly two-thirds of German youths aged 13 and under read books several times a week, according to a new study. Magazines are still very popular among the age group. Only one-third turns to YouTube for entertainment.
Konstantin Gropper of the Get Well Soon one-man music project told DW he's "difficult to be around" when he's working on a new album - and what makes the tiny Haldern Pop Festival worth playing at.
By some calculations, hip-hop is celebrating 44 years as a musical genre and a movement this weekend. German rap is not quite so old, but there have been three rhyme-rich decades so far.
Millions of kissing and laughing smileys are sent out in text messages every day. As they now become superstars in "The Emoji Movie," here's a look back at how the hype surrounding the visual language developed.
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