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German Film 'Goodbye, Lenin:' A Cold-War Capsule

Director Wolfgang Becker's Goodbye, Lenin, follows the efforts of a young man who transforms his family's apartment into a time capsule on doctor's orders. The transformation is meant to shield his socialist mother, recently recovered from a coma, from traumatic events -- like realizing the Berlin Wall has fallen. NPR's Bob Mondello has a review; NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Becker.

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Bob Mondello, who jokes that he was a jinx at the beginning of his critical career — hired to write for every small paper that ever folded in Washington, just as it was about to collapse — saw that jinx broken in 1984 when he came to NPR.
Prior to his retirement, Robert Siegel was the senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered. With 40 years of experience working in radio news, Siegel hosted the country's most-listened-to, afternoon-drive-time news radio program and reported on stories and happenings all over the globe, and reported from a variety of locations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. He signed off in his final broadcast of All Things Considered on January 5, 2018.