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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Find out how the Chinese government is using the 2008 Beijing Olympics to promote its political ideology, at home and abroad. Also: a look at Slow Food Nation, an upcoming American food celebration and policy symposium. Hear how Europe’s most valuable art was moved to America. And on Underreported: how China's air pollution is harming Chinese children. Guest host Kerry Nolan sits in for Leonard.

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Kerry Nolan

Sports and Politics in Asia

Find out how China is using the 2008 Beijing Olympics to promote its political agenda at home and abroad. Victor D. Cha talks about the history of sports as politics in Asia; he’s the author of the new book Beyond the Final Score .

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Slow Food Nation

Slow Food Nation is the first-ever American gathering to unite the growing sustainable food movement, and introduce new ideas for improving U.S. food policy. Anya Fernald is Executive Director of Slow Food Nation, which is happening in San Francisco Aug. 29 – Sept. 1.

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European Art Grab

Many of America’s great Old Masters art collections, like that at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, were developed by Gilded Age tycoons. Cynthia Saltzman, author of Old Masters, New World, talks about the race to bring Europe’s most valuable art to America.

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Underreported: Eating Mud Cakes in Haiti

As Haiti’s food prices skyrocket, many poor Haitians are resorting to eating mud cakes - the cheapest way to quell hunger in a country whose food import bill will leap 80% this year, the fastest price jump in the world. Rory Carroll is a correspondent for the Guardian.

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Underreported: Is Pollution Poisoning China’s Children?

With the Beijing Olympics underway, everyone’s talking about how air pollution there is affecting athletes’ performances. But how is it affecting Chinese children’s physical and intellectual development? Dr. Frederica Perera, director of Columbia University’s Center for Children’s Environmental Health, joins us to explain how China’s pollution problem may be poisoning ...

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