The China Price

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Find out how many Chinese workers are paying a high price for China's mass industrialization, from long hours and low pay to health problems. Also: hear about the anti-comic book crusade of the 1950s. A look at how the hamburger became an American icon. Plus, the influence of presidential speechwriters! Guest host Jonathan Capehart sits in for Leonard today.


Jonathan Capehart

The High Price of Chinese Industrialization

China’s mass industrialization is coming at a high cost for many Chinese workers, from long hours and low wages to nearly unbreathable air. Financial Times editor Alexandra Harney’s new book is The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage.

Events: Alexandra Harney will be speaking and signing ...

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The Comic Book Plague

In the 1950s, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham concluded that almost all comic books would cause antisocial behavior in their young readers. David Hajdu’s new book about the crusade against comic books is The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America.

Weigh in: How did reading comic ...

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American Hamburger

From German “hamburg steak,” to McDonalds and White Castle, to grass-fed patties on brioche buns – the history of the hamburger has been intertwined with the history of the U.S. Josh Ozersky explains how the hamburger became an American icon. His new book is The Hamburger.

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Speechwriters: White House Ghosts

Presidential speechwriters can frame an era, define a presidency, and even shape world history. Robert Schlesinger is author of the new book White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters.

Weigh in: Do you have a favorite presidential speech of all time? If so, why? And do you know anything ...

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