Frank Newman, a former Deputy Secretary of the United States Treasury Department, discusses some of the reasons that China’s economy is booming while America’s is struggling. Merle Hoffman looks back on her life as a crusader for a woman’s right to choose. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at an early writing tablet. We’ll find out how mercury is causing problems for songbirds and bats in the Northeast. Plus, at a time when the immigration debate is heating up, we’ll have a panel discussion about green cards—with an immigration lawyer and two immigrants who’ll tell us about their experiences.