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North Korea’s Market-Savvy Millennials

7/13/2017
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While concerns over nuclear and ballistic missile tests tend to dominate the headlines about North Korea, a story that may be just as consequential has been quietly developing over the past two decades. Private enterprise and sophisticated markets are starting to give the country’s citizens access to a wide array of goods, including illegal foreign media products. Today, the country’s millennial generation is coming of age having grown up with a market mentality and far more foreign media...

Duration: 00:29:17


American Universities in China—Free Speech Bastions or Threat to Academic Freedom?

5/19/2017
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In recent years, American universities have been setting up branches and full degree-granting campuses in China at a time when Chinese leaders are cracking down on so-called “Western values.” This has raised questions back in the States — including in the U.S. Congress — as to whether academic freedom is being compromised. In this episode, we look at the case of NYU Shanghai and what challenges American educational institutions face in China's current political environment.

Duration: 00:53:29


Donald Trump and Asia

1/10/2017
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When Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th president of the United States in November, it sent shockwaves across the world, particularly in Asia. Throughout his campaign, he made pledges that, if acted upon, could fundamentally alter the U.S. position in the region... and even the broader international order. In this episode, we look at the geopolitical hotspots in Asia including China, North Korea, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, and the Philippines, and how President Trump might...

Duration: 00:27:35


North Korea Goes Ballistic

10/25/2016
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In spite of ever-stricter sanctions on North Korea, the impoverished and isolated country continues to produce more sophisticated weapons. Many experts fear North Korea is approaching its ultimate goal of a nuclear ballistic missile arsenal capable of hitting targets around the world. In this episode, analysts describe how the “Hermit Kingdom” is managing to develop these weapons, and what, if anything, can be done to counter them.

Duration: 00:24:30


Women Confront 'Honor Killing' in Pakistan

4/6/2016
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Each year, throughout the world, thousands are killed in so-called "honor killings" for bringing perceived shame onto their families for anything from infidelity to refusing an arranged marriage — or even being raped. The victims of these murders are predominately female, and because of legal loopholes and entrenched ideas about a woman’s role in the family, the practice is especially prevalent in Pakistan. In this episode of the Asia Society Podcast, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who recently...

Duration: 00:14:49


Taiwan’s New Direction

3/14/2016
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In January, Taiwan's voters handed the traditionally pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) a landslide victory, giving it control of the parliament and presidency for the first time ever. The outcome is just the latest of many signals that Taiwanese are growing more skeptical of mainland China, which appears to be failing in its long-running strategy to entice the self-governing island back peacefully. In this fifth episode of the Asia Society Podcast, we explore how Taiwan...

Duration: 00:20:59


Myanmar's Road to Democracy

12/17/2015
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For five decades, Myanmar (also known as Burma) languished under a hardline military junta, with most people living in poverty and any hint of dissent quickly stomped out. But in 2008, a new constitution set in motion a profound set of changes. Then this November, it culminated with something that's long seemed impossible: free and peaceful elections that allowed long-time political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party to take power. In this fourth episode of the Asia Society...

Duration: 00:24:50


Culture Under Terrorist Threat

10/27/2015
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In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, several Middle Eastern countries have descended into violence as terror groups like the Islamic State have gained power. As they’ve seized territory in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere, these organizations have systematically destroyed millennia-old archeological sites and trafficked priceless artifacts, creating a self-perpetuating cycle that provides funding for arms and erodes the region's shared identity. This process — which some experts have deemed...

Duration: 00:15:36


Iran's Political 'Midlife Crisis'

9/8/2015
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In July, after years of negotiations, Iran signed a historic deal with the United States and five other world powers to limit its nuclear capability in exchange for sanctions relief, triggering controversy throughout the world. But regardless of its international perception, the deal signals a major shift in Iran's domestic politics. In this episode, experts on the country discuss the political conflict playing out over Iran's future between aging hardline revolutionaries and a moderate...

Duration: 00:18:17


Xi Jinping’s China

9/2/2015
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When Xi Jinping became China’s top leader in 2012, few had any inkling of the sweeping changes that were to come. Three years later, a clearer picture has emerged, but many questions remain. Is he a reformer bent on curbing corruption at the highest levels of government? Or is he merely concerned with consolidating power within China’s opaque political system? In this inaugural episode, scholars, journalists, and political figures weigh in on the man that some have described as China’s...

Duration: 00:28:18


Another Pakistan: Ashis Nandy and Pakistan's 'Latent Potential'

9/23/2011
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After 1500 interviews with survivors of Partition, leading scholar Ashis Nandy offers another perspective on the tragedy. This is the 21st installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute. Recorded in Pakistan in the Summer of 2011.

Duration: 00:37:18


Another Pakistan: Rashid Rana's Pakistan: 'A Mini-Version of the Globe'

9/22/2011
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Both formally stunning and idea-driven, Rashid Rana's art seems to say: "Look again at Pakistan; it's not a world apart." This is the 20th installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute. Recorded in Pakistan in the Summer of 2011.

Duration: 00:28:27


Another Pakistan: Salima Hashmi: In the Worst of Times, the Alchemy of Art

9/12/2011
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Salima Hashmi is the link between Pakistan's greatest poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, who was her father, and a resilient art scene today. This is the 16th installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute. Recorded in Pakistan in the Summer of 2011.

Duration: 00:33:24


Another Pakistan: Nadeem ul Haque: 'The Country That Can Kill the World'

9/1/2011
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In conversation with host Christopher Lydon, leading Pakistani economist delivers some blunt truths about American aid. This is the 14th installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute. Recorded in Pakistan in the Summer of 2011.

Duration: 00:15:11


Another Pakistan: Ali Dayan Hasan: 'The Rule of Law is Non-negotiable'

8/30/2011
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In Lahore, Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch persists in holding Pakistan's ISI to account. This is the 11th installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute. Recorded in Pakistan in the Summer of 2011.

Duration: 00:22:14


Another Pakistan: Adil Omar: "Paki Rambo," Dropping Beats in Islamabad

8/19/2011
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In Islamabad, host Christopher Lydon meets a rapper sees himself as representing the lighter side of Pakistan. This is the 8th installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute. Recorded in Pakistan in the Summer of 2011.

Duration: 00:23:34


Another Pakistan: Haris Gazdar: Why Is the US in Pakistan — Really?

8/17/2011
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Host Christopher Lydon meets Karachi political economist Haris Gazdar, who likens US-Pakistani relations to a "sleazy affair" requiring plausible deniability. This is the sixth installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute. Recorded in Pakistan in the Summer of 2011.

Duration: 00:27:26


Another Pakistan: Saad Haroon: Pakistan as a Bad Bollywood Comedy

8/16/2011
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What's funny in Pakistan this summer? Host Christopher Lydon meets Karachi comedian Saad Haroon, who tests the limits of what is acceptable public humor in Pakistan. This is part of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute. Recorded in Pakistan in the Summer of 2011.

Duration: 00:21:15


Another Pakistan: Shahrukh Hasan: The Peace That Could Save Pakistan

8/12/2011
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Host Christopher Lydon meets the Pakistani media mogul behind a gutsy campaign to retire official anti-India rhetoric. This is part of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute. Recorded in Pakistan in the Summer of 2011.

Duration: 00:24:30


Another Pakistan: Dr. Geet Chainani, American Doc, Speaking Sindhi, in the

8/10/2011
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Host Christopher Lydon meets Dr. Geet Chainani, an American born in India, raised in New York City, trained as a medical doctor in the Caribbean, treating families in the tent cities of the flood waters of the Indus River, upstream from Karachi. This is part of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute. Recorded in Pakistan in the Summer of 2011.

Duration: 00:18:22

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