Postcards from China
By Christopher Lydon
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Open Source is the world’s longest-running podcast. Christopher Lydon circles the big ideas in culture, the arts and politics with the smartest people in the world. It’s the kind of curious, critical, high-energy conversation we’re all missing nowadays. Be part of the action: leave a voice message to be played on the air; get in touch over Facebook or Twitter; or email us – email@example.com with show ideas, advice, requests and high-quality criticism.
||The Making of Xi Jinping||Evan Osnos writes about international affairs for The New Yorker. On the occasion of a recent profile, we’re speaking about the “ruthlessly pragmatic” rise of Xi Jinping, who Osnos says has “emerged as the most ...||4/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Can China Lead?||The People’s Republic has arrived and is applying for co-trusteeship of the globe. We got a good look at the co-trustee, China’s enigmatic president Xi Jinping, through the deep sourcing of The New Yorker’s Evan ...||4/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||At Peking University: the Rising Generation||What I went least prepared for was the openness of Chinese people in what we call a closed society. So the last audio postcard from this trip is a 10-minute distillation of a conversation that sprang up like music to my ears in a dormitory room with fi.||8/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ai Weiwei, China’s Artist/Enemy #1||Not perhaps since Alexander Solzhenitsyn in the Soviet Gulag has there been a dissenting artist who got to be as famous as the government that hounds him. But Ai Weiwei’s situation is one-of-a-kind.He’s a scathing ...||8/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||China Rising||China is in its own gilded age, says The New Yorker writer Evan Osnos, into a second generation of ultra-modern tech, a still-developing country bristling with billionaires. On the eve of Chris' trip to China,||6/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Peter Hessler’s New China: Is this any way to live?||Peter Hessler, covering the new China for The New Yorker, made himself the rising star of the John McPhee school of reporting. It’s not just that he’d taken McPhee’s writing course at Princeton — known ...||2/25/2011||Free||View in iTunes|