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Friday, September 14, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll look into the complicated role China has played in world affairs over the last 250 years—and what that tells us about what we can expect in the future. Critics Roberta Smith and Christian Viveros-Faune explore the latest on the New York art season. Molly Ringwald talks about her first novel, When It Happens to You. Please Explain is about how to read organic food labels.

China and the World Since 1750

Historian Odd Arne Westad traces China’s foreign affairs over the past 250 years, identifying the forces that will likely determine the country’s future. In Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750, Westad makes the case that China’s success will ultimately hinge on its ability to engage with potential international partners while simultaneously safeguarding its own strength and stability.

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Art in the City

Christian Viveros-Faune, Village Voice art critic, and Roberta Smith, an art critic for the New York Times, discuss what’s on view in New York’s art galleries this fall and how the economic climate is affecting galleries.

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Molly Ringwald on When It Happens to You

Molly Ringwald discusses her first novel, When It Happens to You. It examines the complexities of modern relationships in four interlinked stories that follow a Los Angeles family and their friends and neighbors as they negotiate the hazardous terrain of everyday life.

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Please Explain: What Do Organic Labels Mean?

Thomas Bjorkman, professor of horticulture at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY, and Dr. Urvashi Rangan, Director, Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group at Consumer Reports, discuss what the organic label indicates about how food is grown, and what the various animal welfare labels indicate about how meat or eggs were bred and raised.

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