Wednesday, March 24, 2010
This week Google shut down its search operations in mainland China. Now Chinese Googler’s are getting sent to a Hong Kong domain, but it's unclear how much longer that will last. So why did the search giant pull out of a country that seems to represent so much economic opportunity for other multinational corporations? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Brookings Institution analyst Kenneth Lieberthal try to answer.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The morning headlines, along with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on the difficulty of U.S. companies doing business in China.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
UPDATED 7:00 p.m. Arwa Gunja here on the night shift, putting the final touches on tomorrow's show. Takeaway producer Anna Sale is in Haiti all this week, and tomorrow she’ll talk about how local Haitians have been an extending a helping hand to those in need. She’s profiling a young Haitian man who has been regularly visiting a hospital to help an orphaned toddler (whom he had never met before) badly injured after the earthquake.
We’ll also check in with Andrea Bernstein, the director of The Takeaway’s Transportation Nation project. She spoke with Ronald Simms, the deputy of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It may come as a surprise that only a third of America’s neighborhoods are actually affordable when you factor in the cost of transportation.
And we’re still following the latest with Google’s pull out of mainland China. Tomorrow we’re asking listeners what is more important in THEIR lives: Google or China? If you look around your house, how many products are made in China? Which could you more easily give up? Leave a comment below or call in: 877-8-MY-TAKE (877-869-8253)
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Online vigilante justice has become commonplace in China, but it also occurs right here in the U.S. It's a phenomenon in which internet users hunt down and punish people who’ve attracted their wrath...oftentimes for unpunished acts that are considered reprehensible. Some feel this particular form using tech savvy to give people what they deserve is useful, but questions arise about whether online vigilantism is dangerous.
Friday, February 19, 2010
President Barack Obama complicated U.S./China relations by hosting the Dalai Lama at the White House yesterday. The meeting was not a state visit and the fact that it took place in the Map Room rather than the Oval Office means that the conversation was more symbolic than official. However, the White House drew strong criticism from China just for hosting the Dalai Lama.
Monday, February 15, 2010
It's our weekly look at the news to watch out for with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Rob Watson, BBC political correspondent.
Monday, February 15, 2010
- WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: We talk to Lynn Sweet, Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times who describes the political cost of the president's upcoming meeting with Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
- SPORTS TAKEOUT: New York Times' sports reporter John Branch joins us from Vancouver with the latest Olympic news and previews the week of winter sports ahead.
Takeouts: China is World's Top Exporter, President Obama's Surprise Press Conference, Listeners' Tips on Weight Loss
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
- Money Takeout: Yesterday, China unseated Germany’s long held position as the world’s top exporter. New York Times business and finance reporter Louise Story analyzes the country's achievement and predicts what may be in store for its booming economic engine.
- Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich examines President Obama's unexpected press conference yesterday, where he made another call for bipartisanship on the Hill.
- Listeners Takeout: Listeners give us their tips on how to get healthy and stay in shape.
Friday, January 15, 2010
This week, Google threatened to pull out of China after several Gmail accounts of human rights activists were hacked into by cyber attackers in China. What would it mean for U.S.-China relations if Google really pulls out of the country altogether?
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
By Jess Jiang
Instead of drinking my daily 8 cups of water, I've kept myself hydrated (and warm) this winter with tea. I once thought making tea was as simple as boiling water. Oh, how wrong was I. Everything I now know about tea I learned on Malian Dao, a mile-long street in Beijing exclusively devoted to the wholesale of tea. When my legs were tired, I picked a random store and asked the sales clerk to pin cha or tea taste. What I thought would be a 20-minute errand turned into a three-hour lesson in how to enjoy a cup of tea.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
What's behind the unique relationship that Jewish people have with Chinese food? Jennifer 8 Lee, author of "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food," says there's an long cultural history involving both of these immigrant groups, including similar immigration patterns and non-Christian schedules.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
China faces a serious challenge as its representatives head to the Copenhagen climate talks: how to continue to urbanize and modernize while keeping carbon emissions in check. That tension is in stark relief in the southwestern city of Chongqing, China's largest city and one of the fastest growing. Every day, it adds 1,300 new residents – and their environmental impacts. We check in with the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville, who is watching the developments in Copenhagen from Chongqing.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
President Obama met with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, today for talks that ran the gamut from climate change to Taiwan to global security. Residents of China watched Obama's visit carefully, as did many Chinese-Americans. Shirong Chen is the BBC's China editor; he joins us from London. We're also joined by members of different generations of Chinese-Americans for their take on how Obama did. David Zhang is an associate professor of pathology and oncological sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Jenny Jiang is a junior, studying marketing at the University of Pennsylvania.
Monday, November 16, 2009
President Obama is in China today as part of a weeklong tour of Asian nations. When he meets with government officials, Obama is expected to ask China to revalue its currency. China has long pegged its currency, the yuan, to the U.S. dollar, which means that when the dollar drops — as it did last week — the yuan does also. That ensures that Chinese-made goods remain consistently cheap when compared with American-made products. It's got American manufacturers and some economists up in arms.
For a look at whether or not the president has any bargaining power with the single largest holder of American debt, we turn to David Barboza, Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. Mary Kay Magistad, China correspondent for PRI's The World, has the latest on a town hall meeting that the President held with Chinese students.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Marcus Mabry, international business editor for our partner The New York Times, and Jonathan Marcus, diplomatic correspondent for the BBC, take a look at the week ahead as President Barack Obama continues his trip through Asia, making stops in China and South Korea. They also examine what's ahead this week for health care reform, the start of Hamid Karzai's second term as president of Afghanistan, and the Republican Governors Association's annual conference.
Friday, November 13, 2009
- Washington Takeout: Our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich on a new report from the Business Roundtable, touted by Senate Democrats, that suggests health care costs will skyrocket without reform.
- Movies Takeout: New York Times film critic A.O. Scott previews this weekend's big releases: "2012" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox," but eschews "Pirate Radio."
- Listener Takeout: Listeners tell us why they think China will rule the world.