U.S.-China Competition; Wave, a Memoir about the 2004 Tsunami; "Kids for Cash"; Please Explain

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Geoff Dyer, former Beijing bureau chief for The Financial Times, talks about how China and the US are competing for global influence. Sonali Deraniyagala talks about Wave, for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. We’ll find out about a new documentary about a Pennsylvania judge who imposed harsh sentences on the kids who came before him in exchange for cash from the privately owned juvenile detention centers he helped fill. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about hypnosis!

China v. the U.S.: The Contest of the Century

After decades of rising, China has entered a new and important phase where it seeks to turn its economic heft into global power. Geoff Dyer, the former Financial Times Beijing bureau chief, argues that China and the United States are now embarking on a great powerstyle competition that will dominate the century. In The Contest of the Century, Dyer explains how China will struggle to unseat the United States.

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Wave: Surviving Enormous Loss and Grief

Sonali Deraniyagala's memoir Wave is a harrowing account of losing her parents, husband, and two young sons when the tsunami struck Sri Lanka in 2004. 

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"Kids for Cash"

In the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, elected a charismatic judge who was determined to  keep kids in line. Under his reign, over 3,000 children were taken from their families and imprisoned for years for crimes as petty as creating a fake MySpace page. When one parent question this harsh treatment, it was revealed that the judge had received millions of dollars in payments from the privately owned juvenile detention centers where the kids were incarcerated. Robert May tells the story in his documentary “Kids for Cash.” He’ll be joined by Hillary Transue, a formerly incarcerated youth, and Marsha Levick, Chief Counsel, Juvenile Law Center. "Kids for Cash" is playing in NYC at Village 7 and Empire 25.

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Please Explain: Hypnosis

"We are in trances – every single one of us – every single day."

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