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China's Challenges; David Plante on London; Tom Barbash on Short Stories; Mexico and the Drug Wars

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

We’ll take a look at the challenges that stand in China’s path to global supremacy, including extreme gender disparity and an aging labor force. Novelist David Plante talks about the first volume of his memoirs, Becoming a Londoner, about his first 20 years in that city. Tom Barbash discusses his new collection of short stories called Stay Up with Me. And find out how Mexico became home to Latin America’s biggest drug cartels and the violence and corruption that came along with them.

The Threats to China’s Future

Timothy Beardson discusses the challenges that stand in the way of China’s rise to global supremacy and the inadequate policy responses to those challenges. Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China’s Future focuses on China’s situation, including an aging labor force, extreme gender disparity, social instability, environmental devastation, the absence of an effective welfare safety net, and an inflexible governance structure.

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David Plante on Becoming a Londoner

David Plante discusses his memoir, Becoming a Londoner: A Diary. This first volume spans his first 20 years in London, beginning in the mid-1960s, and pieces together an intimate portrait of a relationship and a luminous world of writers, poets, artists, and thinkers.

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Stay Up with Me, by Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash talks about his new collection of short stories, Stay Up With Me, which explores the myriad ways we try to connect with one another and with the sometimes cruel world around us.

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The Mexican Druglords and their Godfathers

Journalist Anabel Hernandez describes how Mexico became a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America and one of the most violent places on the planet. Narcoland: The Mexican Druglords and their Godfathers takes readers to the front lines of the “war on drugs,” which has so far cost more than 60,000 lives in just six years and reveals the mind-boggling depth of corruption in Mexico’s government and business elite.

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