James Fallows

National Correspondent for the Atlantic Magazine

James Fallows appears in the following:

Our Loved And Estranged American Armies

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Americans love and revere our armed service members. But the military makes up less than 1% of the population, and it's become poorly understood by the public and political leaders.

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When the Skies Are Too Dangerous to Fly

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot out of the sky over a conflict zone in Ukraine, the FAA announced that no U.S. flights would be allowed to fly to Israel for a period of 24 hours after a rocket attack near Tel Aviv. What happens when the airspace becomes a war zone? 

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An Iraq War Dissident on the Current Crisis

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The situation in Iraq looks painfully familiar: a fragile democracy exploded by longtime ethnic rivalries. In the lead-up to the Iraq War, back in November 2002, journalist James Fallows explained his opposition to a preemptive strike on Iraq.


Tensions Rise Between South Korea, China & Japan

Monday, December 02, 2013

Last week, China flexed its muscles by unexpectedly declaring an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea, which touches South Korea and Japan. Now tensions are rising between the nations amid this territorial dispute. Joining us today to discuss what this dispute actually signifies is James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine who has reported on China extensively.

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False Equivalency Around the Government Shutdown

Friday, October 04, 2013

With the federal government grinding to a halt this week, the specter of false equivalency rose up around the media landscape. The Atlantic’s James Fallows talked to Brooke about his quest to have the media stop over-prizing ‘objectivity’ and start communicating reality.

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The Fallows' Journey Across Small-Town America

Monday, August 05, 2013

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, and his wife, linguist and author Deborah Fallows, on their cross-country trip to discover America's most unique small towns.

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Why the Press Can't Play Referee, and Why they Should

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Atlantic’s James Fallows believes that the failures we’re seeing in the sequestration coverage suggest a larger problem with our political system and the press that’s supposed to cover it. Fallows tells Bob that our press isn't comfortable playing referee, but they might need to start.


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James Fallows on China's Business Environment

Monday, December 31, 2012

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, and author of China Airborne, talks about the idea that some Chinese business people and intellectuals, including some with strong U.S. ties, support the authoritarian state.

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    China: The Politics of Business

    Thursday, December 06, 2012

    James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, and author of China Airborne, talks about the idea that some Chinese businesspeople and intellectuals, including some with strong U.S. ties, support the authoritarian state.

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      Changing of the Guard in China

      Thursday, November 08, 2012

      Today 2,280 Chinese Communist Party delegates arrive in Beijing for the Party's 18th Congress, during which time President Hu Jiantao is expected to cede his position to his presumed successor, Xi Jinping. What should the Chinese people expect from their new president? How will the CCP leadership transition affect US-China relations? James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, explains.

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      Fact Checking and "post-truth" Politics

      Friday, August 31, 2012

      In pursuit of balance, there is a journalistic inclination to shy away from fact-checking in favor of reporting both sides of a debate. Brooke reflects on fact-checking assertions made at the Republican National Convention, and talks to The Atlantic's James Fallows who says that Journalists are - slowly and painfully - becoming more courageous in embedding fact-checks in their stories.

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      China Airborne

      Tuesday, May 22, 2012

      James Fallows discusses China’s plan to expand its airlines, build more airports, and jump-start its aerospace industry. In China Airborne, he shows the extraordinary scale of this project and explains why it is a crucial test case for China’s hopes for modernization and innovation in other industries.

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      President Obama, Press Critic

      Friday, April 06, 2012

      President Obama addressed journalists at an Associated Press luncheon and warned them against practicing “false equivalency” – pretending that both sides in a disagreement are equally at fault, even when they’re not. The Atlantic’s James Fallows talks to Bob about the President’s attempt at media criticism.

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      Chinese Vice-President Xi Jingping Visits the US

      Tuesday, February 14, 2012

      Chinese vice president Xi Jinping, the man expected to become China's top leader in the fall, is in Washington this week as part of a five-day trip to the U.S. The visit is expected to set the tone for bilateral relations over the next decade, particularly where economic ties are concerned. On Wednesday, he'll head to the city of Muscantine, Iowa, to reunite with a family he visited there in 1985 and to sign a trade agreement with soybean farmers there.


      The Moral Power of UCDavis

      Monday, November 21, 2011

      National correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, James Fallows discusses the significance of the UCDavis pepper spray incident in a moral context, and what lessons the incident has for other protests.

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      Assessing Japan's Quake; Remembering China's

      Monday, March 14, 2011

      James Fallows of The Atlantic magazine is currently in Beijing, but he has lived and worked in Japan. He also witnessed the powerful earthquake that hit China in 2008. China, still scarred by the 2008 Sichuan quake, has expressed admiration for the way that Japan has responded to Friday's earthquake. Although the relationship between China and Japan strained, many Chinese have expressed compassion for the country.


      The Role of Rhetoric

      Monday, January 10, 2011

      James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, looks at the uses and possible consequences of inflammatory political demagoguery.  Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY 17) joins the discussion.

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      New TSA Body Scans

      Thursday, November 18, 2010

      James Fallows, national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, on the planned "opt-out" day to decline to be screened by the new full body scans at airports.

      Are you comfortable with body scans at airports? How do you balance security and privacy when travelling? Let us know!

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      The Big Picture: Midterms and the World

      Thursday, October 28, 2010

      James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic, and Ryan Avent, online economics editor for The Economist, look at how then U.S. midterms are playing around the world and at how the election could affect a number of global policy concerns: from the debate over China’s valuation of its currency, to EU austerity measures, to the prospects for an arms reduction treaty with Russia.

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      Fallows on Washington

      Thursday, February 25, 2010

      James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly discusses the latest news out of Washington, including today's health care summit.

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