Chasing the Dragon: Fentanyl, China, and the Opioid Crisis

ChinaEconTalk | 23 October 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben Westhoff, author of Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic. Describes his investigation of the industry developing and manufacturing recreational drugs in China for export to the West.

Reform and Opening with Soviet Characteristics: Russian Perspectives on China’s Rise

ChinaEconTalk | 15 August 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Miller, a specialist on Russian politics, economics, and foreign policy. Compares and contrasts the Soviet and Chinese economic and political reform programs in the 1970s and 80s. Draws lessons for the future of Chinese politics and the ongoing Sino-Russian relationship.

From Beijing to Cairo: Peter Hessler and the Craft of Foreign Correspondence

ChinaEconTalk | 7 June 2019 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Hessler comparing his time as a foreign correspondent in China and Egypt. Discusses the society, politics, and culture of these two dynamic nations; and considers the similarities and differences in the ways the Chinese and Egyptian people make sense of their respective places in the world based on their rich historical and cultural legacies. Also reflects on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, contrasting it with the 2013 mass protests and eventual coup d’état in Cairo.