This fourth of July weekend, millions of Americans will be flying somewhere, and those holiday plane tickets probably didn’t come cheap. So this week’s announcement that the Department of Justice is investigating the four major airlines for collusion caught our attention here at Press Play. Then, KCRW in Berlin: Madeleine tours the famous former Stasi prison—now a museum—where the East German Secret Police held and interrogated political prisoners during the Cold War. Next, the director of the new Amy Winehouse documentary talks about the singer’s early, jazzy, coherent years...before Back to Black, fame, and drugs. And in our weekly web roundup, we cover the backlash to the New York Times’ suggestion of putting peas in guacamole, “Zero UI,” and more.
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This fourth of July weekend, millions of Americans will be flying somewhere, and those holiday plane tickets probably didn’t come cheap. So this week’s announcement that the Department of Justice is investigating the four major airlines for collusion caught our attention. Given the turbulent history of the airline industry, consumers may always be in for a bumpy ride when it comes to fares.
Seth Kaplan, Airline Weekly
Madeleine tours a former Stasi prison in Berlin—now a museum—where the East German Secret Police held and interrogated political prisoners during the Cold War. Due to their divided history, Germans hold deep concerns about security and privacy—concerns that inflamed relations with the United States when it was revealed that the NSA was spying on the German state.
A gutted out cell in the former Stasi prison Hohenschonhausen. The cells were so damp that prisoner's hair would mold after only a few days in the prison.
This part of the Hohenschonhausen Stasi prison was known as "The Submarine" because it was so dark, damp and submerged.
Another typical cell in the prison.
Tour Guide Rachel Dickstein leads a group around the Hohenschonhausen prison, where the Stasi stashed political prisoners before trial.
Prisoners were not allowed to lie down during the day. Guards would peak through little holes in the door to make sure prisoners were not breaking the rules.
There were more interrogators than prisoners at Hohenschonhausen at any given moment.
Tempelhof Airport was the scene of the Berlin Airlift in 1949. Now, it's an enormous park where parts of the new TV show "Deutschland 83" were filmed. Show co-creator Anna Winger also wrote the show from her office in Tower 6.
Anna and Jorg Winger created "Deutschland 83" in part to help Germans better understand the painful choices people had to make when the country was divided.
The documentary Amy comes out this week. Director Asif Kapadia talks with us about the deeply autobiographical nature of the singer’s lyrics, and how a smart, cocky young jazz singer turned into a cliched media-mobbed drug zombie.
The internet went crazy yesterday when the New York Times committed Mexican food sacrilege. The paper of record published a recipe for guacamole that includes green peas. Also, Zero UI: a push to remove physical interface from our digital devices. And for all of us, how to deal with dogs and fireworks on the Fourth of July.
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Taylor Mac takes on U.S. history in 246 songs, two dozen costume changes Taylor Mac will perform his “24-Decade History of Popular Music” starting Thursday in LA. It’s divided into four shows on four separate nights. It’s about this history of oppression and activism in the U.S. -- from 1776 to present day.
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