Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

'Memory' explores our perception of the past and how it affects our present

Sunday, December 31, 2023

NPR's Rob Schmitz asks actor Peter Sarsgaard about making the new movie "Memory" and about the nature of memory itself.

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One reason social media companies aren't doing more to protect children? Ad revenue

Sunday, December 31, 2023

NPR's Rob Schmitz asks Amanda Raffoul of Harvard's School of Public Health about a new estimate of the amount of money social media companies make on advertisements to users 17 and younger.

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2023 was the year of special counsel appointments for cases involving Trump and Biden

Sunday, December 31, 2023

This year two more special counsels joined Jack Smith in leading some of the most sensitive investigations at the Justice Department.

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Bodycam footage was supposed to reform policing — if the public can get a hold of it

Sunday, December 31, 2023

NPR's Rob Schmitz speaks with ProPublica reporter Umar Farooq about his reporting on how often police departments do not release bodycam footage.

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The Israeli army attacked a U.N. aid convoy along a route it designated safe

Sunday, December 31, 2023

NPR's Rob Schmitz talks with Tom White, director of Gaza affairs for the UN Relief and Works Agency. He says his agency's aid workers have been hit several times while operating in Gaza.

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In 'The Storm We Made', the horrors of war are the main character

Sunday, December 31, 2023

NPR's Rob Schmitz speaks to author Vanessa Chan about her new novel "The Storm We Made," about a Malayan mother who becomes a spy for Japanese invaders.

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In a year of gains for the far-right in Europe, Poland became the outlier

Sunday, December 31, 2023

In a year in which the European far-right made electoral gains in several countries, Poland proved an exception. This month the ruling Law and Justice Party left power.

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Poland elects new prime minister, ending right-wing party's rule

Monday, December 11, 2023

Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party leaves government today following its defeat in last month's national election. Donald Tusk will become prime minister.

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Dutch election is a reminder that far-right politics are gaining support in Europe

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Netherlands is the latest country in Europe to give a far-right party the most votes in a national election, though not enough to govern. Concern over migration is often cited as the cause.

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A far-right party has emerged as the biggest winner in the Netherlands' election

Thursday, November 23, 2023

A far-right, anti-immigrant party in the Netherlands has won the most votes in this week's election, underlying the concern over immigration in Europe.

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A proposed bill wants schools in the Netherlands to hold more classes in Dutch

Monday, November 20, 2023

A proposed bill in the Dutch parliament would force universities to conduct more classes in Dutch, rather than English.

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Berlin's famed nightclubs, losing customers, face an uncertain future

Friday, November 03, 2023

Inflation, a weak economy and declining numbers of club-goers all challenge the clubs' viability. Club owners are seeking protected status, similar to what Berlin's opera companies enjoy.

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Where Britain, France and Germany stand on the Israel-Hamas war

Monday, October 30, 2023

Reactions to the Israel-Hamas war vary across Europe, determined by each country's unique history and perspective. Here's what governments are saying in Britain, France and Germany.

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Germany's strict support for Israel, informed by history

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Germany's position in the Israel-Gaza war is informed by its complex past.

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As Europe applauds Poland's election results, civil rights groups prepare to fight

Saturday, October 21, 2023

LGBTQ+ and abortion rights advocates are thrilled Poland's ruling, right-wing Law and Justice party is unlikely to form Poland's next government. But they are skeptical of the commitment of who will.

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Poland's civil rights activists are cautiously optimistic about the new government

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Poland's right-wing ruling party lost the national elections. But activists do not predict the winners will undertake major changes in LGBTQ and abortion policies.

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Exit polls indicate Poland's current ruling party didn't get enough votes to stay

Monday, October 16, 2023

Exit polling shows that Poland's ruling party is unlikely to remain in power which would represent a dramatic shift toward democracy and the EU.

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Poland's populist, right-wing government appears to be on its way out after 8 years

Monday, October 16, 2023

Exit polling shows the ruling Law and Justice party, which has steadily chipped away at democratic institutions, is suffering a dramatic upset.

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On election day in Poland, people express hope for voting out the ruling party

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Poland is holding national elections today in which voters choose between parties with radically different visions of Polish democracy.

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Poland's election could steer EU member further away from democracy or closer to it

Friday, October 13, 2023

Poland holds national elections Sunday with the future of its right-wing government in doubt.

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