Janima Nam

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Janima Nam is a freelance journalist, translator, and editor living in Vienna. She has a BFA in film from New York University and a Masters degree (MA) from the London Consortium in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Herbert Schweiger

Profile | Herbert Schweiger

Director, Die Wiener Volkshochschulen “When the world is spinning faster than you are, you need help to keep moving forward – so you don’t go off course.” The German word Quereinsteiger is tough to translate into English. Literally, it’s “someone who comes in from the side.” It’s used to describe people who enter a profession […]
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Angela Köppl

Profile | Angela Köppl

Environmental Economist, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) “Even though we were among the first movers towards sustainable growth, we are no longer the frontrunners.” In 1978, Austrians voted against nuclear power, resulting in the closure of the new Zwentendorf power plant. It would never operate. Back then, Angela Köppl was a foreign exchange student in the […]
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David Jandl

Profile | David Jandl

Forest Ranger “We’re very proud of the fact that the very concept of ‘sustainability’ originated from forestry.” If a tree falls in a forest, and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound? In David Jandl’s neck of the woods – 1,200 hectares of the Wienerwald – people may well hear it (there are […]
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YORI Vienna

Yori | Korean Debuts & Homecomings

In Yori authentic Korean cuisine takes the stage in Vienna as a veteran proudly looks on. One of my earliest memories as a child is making special excursions to New York City with my parents, my nose pressed against the window as I drank in all the chicly dressed people, bustling streets, and countless shops […]
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Profile | Friedrich Schipper

“In war, culture is anything but irrelevant. Destroying someone’s cultural identity is just as painful as any physical wound.” Friedrich Schipper often travels without insurance – the destinations are considered too high risk. The places he and his colleagues travel – Syria, Libya, Mali, Lebanon – are not exactly holiday destinations. Schipper works for Blue […]
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Anna Karnitscher | Profiles

“Coffee culture is booming. Which also means that these days, we even have to compete with the fancy espresso machines people have at home.” Café Weidinger is off the beaten path, a corner café on the far side of the Gürtel in the former working class district of Ottakring. It’s a place that’s easy to […]
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Profile | Danielle Spera

“If we read people’s memoirs of the buildings important Jews lived in, a lot of them do not exist anymore. We are trying to tell the stories of what has been lost.” In 1995, as excavation work began on Judenplatz for the Shoah monument Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal had asked Austria to build, the centuries […]
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Culture Books | November

To Vienna, with Love In Kevin Wignall’s new thriller, Vienna takes the spotlight and steals the show With a name like To Die in Vienna, Kevin Wignall’s new novel might give the impression of being one of those dark, death-obsessed literary discursions set here in the past. But despite the title, this lean thriller actually […]
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Profile | Hannes Duscher & Roland Gratzer

“Wiener Schmäh is saying Schlagerl (mini-stroke) instead of Schlaganfall (stroke). It’s a way of being obsessed with death without ever talking about it.” Hannes Duscher and Roland Gratzer host an evening show on radio FM4 called Vorglühen (Preparty Buzz). For those tuning in for the first time, it’s surprising to hear them bantering in a […]
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