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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

On today’s show: The New Yorker’s John Cassidy helps us parse the election results. Our series Globavores continues, with a look at potatoes! David Rothenberg tells of his surprising life on and off Broadway. And we’ll look at China Central Television, the world’s largest TV network and the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party.

John Cassidy on the Economy and Election

John Cassidy, staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about the election results. He's the author of the blog Rational Irrationality at

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Globavores: Potatoes

We look at the ever versatile potato on this week’s installment of our series Globavores: Food Travels Since 1492! We’ll speak with food historian Andrew Smith and chef Maricel Presilla, author of Gran Cocina Latina  about the potato’s origins, how it traveled around the world to become a staple, and some of the world’s favorite ways to prepare potatoes.

Share your favorite potato recipe!






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Broadway, Social Justice, and Politics

David Rothenberg talks about his varied life, which has included Broadway's bright lights, prison riots, political campaigns, civil rights sit-ins, and a Central American civil war. He’ll talks about his memoir Fortune in My Eyes: A Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice, and Political Passion


China’s Central Television

Media analyst Ying Zhu looks at the role China’s highest rated television network, China Central Television (CCTV), is playing in shaping China’s culture and future. The hybrid nature of the network has made it an unexpected site of discourse in a country that has little official space for negotiation. In Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China’s Central Television, she presents a series of interviews with power players, current and past presidents of CCTV, and producers.

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