“Kölner Treff”: ZDF woman talks about interviews with Ukrainians

The range of topics on the Friday talk show “Kölner Treff” ranged from Marietta Slomka’s childhood dreams to neurosurgery anecdotes from a doctor. In view of the Ukraine war, the moderator was also thoughtful.

Friday night, time to listen. At the “Kölner Treff” different people talk about their lives. That is interesting. This is irritating. This is disturbing. “I wish you a nice weekend,” says presenter Bettina Böttinger at the end. “With hopefully not too bad news from the Ukraine.” Unfortunately, reality doesn’t take a break. The images of the war in Ukraine are threatening to catch up with the journalist and former WDR director Fritz Pleitgen. Because they remind him of his childhood in the Second World War. Added to this is the fear because his son is doing his job as a reporter in Kyiv.

Magician Marc Weide takes officials on the arm at police control

The talks in public service try honestly to provide some distraction beyond the political situation. No rockets, no fuel prices, no corona. This is also the case with the current “Kölner Treff”. We see a magician, the magician Marc Weide. He shows a few tricks. They’re kinda okay. His anecdote about a real police check that Marc Weide got caught in is even funnier. And he thought: “Oh, awesome, that’s my performance.” He should show his registration papers. And made a trick with burning papers and on top of that the questionable joke: “Oh, sorry, I’m completely burned out.” Bettina Böttinger wants to know whether the driver’s license is still there after the action. Yes, says Willow. “Only the policeman’s watch is gone now.” This reminds ZDF star presenter Marietta Slomka of her experience with “Stars in der Manege”. She says: “I was sawed up.” And emphasizes: That was great.

Neurosurgeon Peter Vajkoczy talks about his professional life

We meet the actress Nilam Farooq, daughter of a Polish mother and a Pakistani father. She experienced what a childhood in Hartz IV felt like and still knows how to deal with money today. Actor Ingo Naujoks reports how he had to treat a perforated stomach in the ambulance as a civil servant. Another topic: Where does discrimination start? Author Tupoka Ogette has a refreshing way to tell about it. And neurosurgeon Peter Vajkoczy can take you wonderfully into his “romantic relationship with the brain”. Although his professional life is often only about vital millimeter work – once even 14 hours at a time in a particularly delicate operation.

ZDF presenter Marietta Slomka already knew at the age of ten what she wanted to be!

ZDF top presenter Marietta Slomka also knows work in one piece. Incidentally, she recognized very early on, so she tells the “Kölner Treff” what she wanted. “That I knew at the age of ten or eleven what I wanted to be”. Namely journalist. As a student, she still demonstrated (against the shortage of teachers). Now? “I don’t go to demos anymore,” she says. “I just go with my heart. But I remain in the role of observer.” The journalist, who has moderated the “Today Journal” for 20 years, is currently going through difficult times. When she interviews people in Ukraine, she always has a sinking feeling. “Because you don’t know if you’ll ever see her again.” Slomka feels: “Your heart sinks into your pants. That takes us quite a bit.” Doesn’t news hygiene help there? So that you don’t expect too much. Slomka says: “No, I’m in the tunnel from morning to night.” She has recognized: “We live in an age of the dissolution of certainties.” TV colleague Bettina Böttinger wants to know: “How do you get down?” Slomka hesitates and Then says: “Not for a long time.” And then adds: “Sometimes I also think about opening a can of tuna at night.” The actor Ingo Naujoks does that regularly when he can’t sleep. Sleep well! And leave the tuna alone too.