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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Anxiety over Afghanistan and a power struggle in China

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Anxiety over Afghanistan and a power struggle in China

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Urban Migration in China

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Michelle Dammon Loyalka, journalist and author of Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration, discusses the influx of peasants to China's urban areas.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

US-China Relations in an Election Year

Thursday, February 16, 2012

As Chinese Vice President, Xi Jinping visits the US this week, Stephen Orlins, president of the National Committee on United States - China Relations, discusses how the Obama administration and election year politics are affecting ties between the US and China. 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Further uncertainty in Greece and Chinese princeling Bo Xilai under pressure

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Further uncertainty in Greece and Chinese princeling Bo Xilai under pressure

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The Takeaway

The Future of US-China Relations

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

President Obama had some harsh words for Chinese authorities during his state of the union address last January: "I will not stand by when our competitors don’t play by the rules," he said. "We've brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last Administration, and it’s made a difference." The tough talk continued while President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping yesterday. 

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The Takeaway

Chinese Vice-President Xi Jingping Visits the US

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chinese vice president Xi Jinping, the man expected to become China's top leader in the fall, is in Washington this week as part of a five-day trip to the U.S. The visit is expected to set the tone for bilateral relations over the next decade, particularly where economic ties are concerned. On Wednesday, he'll head to the city of Muscantine, Iowa, to reunite with a family he visited there in 1985 and to sign a trade agreement with soybean farmers there.

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The Takeaway

Apple Announces Independent Inspectors for Chinese Suppliers' Factories

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Recent reporting by our partner The New York Times raised fresh concerns over the safety and well-being of the workers that staff Apple's supplier factories in China. Apple now says that it has requested an independent labor group to audit the conditions at its suppliers' factories, with the first inspections under way starting yesterday.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Putin faces a a growing Russian protest movement, Xi Jinping visits Washington, and emissions trading causes friction at the EU-China summit

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Putin faces a a growing Russian protest movement, Xi Jingping visits Washington, and emissions trading causes friction at the EU-China summit

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On The Media

China's Fake Facebooks

Friday, February 03, 2012

Facebook is blocked in China –but that hasn’t prevented homegrown Facebook knock-off sites from sprouting. And even on China’s fake Facebooks,  real conversations about politics and culture are occurring every day. Jeremy Goldkorn, who monitors Chinese media at his website, talks to Bob about life on China's fake Facebooks.

Tito Nieves - I Like It Like That

Right now, Facebook is blocked in China –but that hasn’t prevented Facebook-like social media from surfacing. 

And even on China’s fake Facebooks – real conversations about real things have occurred. They have been made possible, in part, because of the protective anonymity of the Internet. Recently, though, the Chinese government has taken Zuckerbergian steps to force users to register to use the sites, making themselves known, if not to everyone, than at least to the government. Jeremy Goldkorn, monitors Chinese Media on his website danwei dot com. He says Facebook and Twitter were blocked in China because of street protests, both within China, and also very far away.

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Studio 360

China Made Your TV. Can It Make Your TV Shows?

Friday, February 03, 2012

Last month, Chinese President Hu Jintao announced that his government was investing heavily in homegrown, exportable cultural programming. And yet, just days later, the government shut down two-thirds of its domestic satellite television shows for undermining Chinese values. ...

Video: Hunan Satellite TV’s Spring Festival Gala

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Diplomatic response to Syrian crisis in the balance and elections in Uttar Pradesh

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Diplomatic response to Syrian crisis in the balance and elections in Uttar Pradesh

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What America Can Learn from China’s Economic Growth

Monday, January 30, 2012

Frank Newman looks at why China’s economy is booming while America’s lags. He looks at why this is the case, and addresses some fundamental misunderstandings about our economy in Six Myths that Hold Back America: And What America Can Learn from the Growth of China’s Economy.

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The Takeaway

Charges of Abuse at Apple's iPad Factories

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Millions of Americans love their Apple products: from iPods to MacBooks to iPads. But there's a story behind the beloved devices. How do they get made and what price is paid? Our partner The New York Times has been investigating and this morning's story is a riveting read, in particular the safely problems at a Chinese factory that makes iPads.

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WQXR Features

Composer Chen Yi Remembers the Cultural Revolution

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Born in 1953, violinist, composer and professor Chen Yi grew up during the cultural revolution in China, which left its mark on her family life and her music.  At age 13 she was sent to a communist labor farm, smuggling her violin beside her bed.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Happy Year of the Dragon

Monday, January 23, 2012

It's the "Year of the Water Dragon"--which is considered particularly special. Sheryl WuDunn will explain why and talk about the massive migration of 200 million people travelling for the one big holiday of the year in China. WuDunn is an investment banker and writer, Pulitzer-prize winning former reporter with the New York Times and the co-author, with husband Nicholas Kristof of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

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The Takeaway

What's Ahead for China in the Year of the Dragon?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday marks the beginning of 4709 in the Chinese calendar, the "Year of the Dragon". A strong, fiery, and auspicious cultural symbol, the lunar year ahead holds the potential for seismic change. In addition to the generational transitions set for its government, military, and the Communist Party, some experts are claiming 2012 will be the year China's economy collapses.

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: Beijing Guitar Duo

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Beijing Guitar Duo hails from China, studied in the US with a Cuban guitar legend, and plays music ranging from Scarlatti to Brazilian samba. Watch the duo play live in the WQXR Cafe.

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: DC's Proposed Airport Metro Rail Station Under Fire, San Francisco's Central Subway Moves Closer to Reality

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Top stories on TN:
President Kills Pipeline: Full Statement (Link)
Backers of the Keystone XL Vow To Continue To Push For The Pipeline (Link)
Federal Money for Transpo Robot (Link)
Governor Jerry Brown, In State of State, Makes Impassioned Case for California High-Speed Rail (Link)
House To Hold Hearings on Cruise Ship Safety (Link)
NY Gov Cuomo: MTA Considering “Additional Transit Applications” For New Convention Center (Link)
VIDEO: How the Dutch Got Their Bike Paths (Link)

A prototype of a mega bus (image courtesy of Jinhua Youngman Automobile)

Canada said it will begin selling oil to China after the U.S. rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. (Bloomberg)

The authority in charge of building DC's Metro rail extension to Dulles International Airport is considering eliminating the Metro station at the airport. (TN's emphasis, not the Washington Examiner's.)

Indiana recently became the second state to approve an LGBT license plate. (NY Daily News)

San Francisco has received a key approval from federal officials to move forward on its 1.7-mile Central Subway. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Cuts to school bus service in Death Valley, CA --  where 85% of the students are from low-income households and parents say monthly gas prices for round-trip school transportation could exceed $1,000 -- will be "catastrophic." (Los Angeles Times)

China is about to roll out the world's largest bus, which is 82 feet long and can carry up to 300 passengers. (Digital Trends)

The California High-Speed Rail Authority takes issue with the Los Angeles Times' reporting. (CAHSR blog)

Hoping to boost sales, GM is revamping its Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric vehicle to meet California's strict emissions requirements. (Wall Street Journal)

Despite pumping 2 million barrels of oil daily, Nigeria's four national refineries are barely functional. (Guardian)

China's Ministry of Railways expects a record 235 million passengers to travel across the country between Jan 8 and Feb 16, the country's most important holiday season. But: new ticket policies make purchasing tickets "torture." (China Daily)

How to make transit more family-friendly? "An open-stroller policy is a crucial first step." (Grist)

Occupy Boston is taking on that city's proposed transit fare hikes. (Boston Globe)

Hudson Valley legislators returned to the capital this month ready to fight any attempt by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration to merge the New York State Bridge Authority into the New York State Thruway Authority. (Albany Times-Union)

The first television ad of President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign is about his energy policy record -- and takes aim at the Koch family. (NY Times; video)

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The Takeaway

China's Economic Engine Slows Down

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

China's economy, the world's second-largest, grew at its slowest pace in more than two years, latest government figures show. Gross domestic product expanded by 8.9 percent in the three months to the end of December, from a year earlier. That is down from 9.1 percent in the previous quarter. The statistics bureau data showed that growth for the full year was 9.2 percent, down from 10.3 percent in 2010. Analysts said they expect the economy to slow further this year.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

World Weekly climate change special: the Durban summit

Thursday, December 01, 2011

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