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Robert Beachy on 'Gay Berlin'
The show talks with Robert Beachy about his new book on the gay subculture that flourished in Berlin between World War I and the rise of the Nazis, when there were nightclubs, cabarets, films and publications that catered to gay clientele. Gay prostitution flourished, as did blackmail. Beachy's new book is "Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity."

Wed, Dec 17, 2014 -- 7:00pm


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