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Rob Schmitz

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Latest 18 Jul 2021 | Updated Daily

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Rob Schmitz in the House

Fireside Bears

Robert Schmitz (@robertkschmitz) from Windy City Gridiron joins the guys to talk about the Bears offseason, what he thinks Chicago should do in the draft, draft theories, and more. The guys then breakdown some sleeper prospects to know ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @bearly_pod. Check out Audacia Sports as well: @AudaciaSports.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 8mins

14 Apr 2021

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Street of Eternal Happiness: Rob Schmitz (2017)

Auckland Writers Festival

NPR Shanghai correspondent Rob Schmitz has created an unforgettable portrait of modern China through the eyes of an array of real-life people living along a single street in Shanghai in his book Street of Eternal Happiness. From Zhao the shopkeeper to Auntie Fu, a fervent capitalist, and musician and café owner CK, here are stories that provide a tale of 21st century China, its multi-layered past and the influence of the state on individual dreams. He speaks with Guyon Espiner about his life as a foreign correspondent and the streets of Shanghai.Supported by Asia New Zealand FoundationAUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL 2017

46mins

9 Jun 2017

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SWF Special: Understanding China's Economy With NPR's Shanghai Correspondent Rob Schmitz

Fourth Estate

In the last of our Sydney Writers Festival specials, we spoke USA National Public Radio Shanghai Correspondent Rob Schmitz. Host Olivia Rosenman met with Rob Schmitz to discuss how to report on China's economy when the country's leading politicians admit GDP figures are mostly 'man-made' and why Rob has higher hopes for Chinese millennials than American.

28mins

4 Jun 2017

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Rob Schmitz in conversation with Gene Sherman

Asia Pacific Literature

Rob Schmitz, Shanghai correspondent for NPR and author of 'Street of Eternal Happiness', in conversation with Gene Sherman. Recorded at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), 27 May 2017, in association with the 2017 Sydney Writers' Festival.

1hr 6mins

27 May 2017

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Rob Schmitz in conversation with Gene Sherman

Focus on China

Rob Schmitz, Shanghai correspondent for NPR and author of 'Street of Eternal Happiness', in conversation with Gene Sherman. Recorded at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), 27 May 2017, in association with the 2017 Sydney Writers' Festival.

1hr 6mins

27 May 2017

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Book Launch Interview: Street of Eternal Happiness - Author Rob Schmitz

NCUSCR Interviews

Within the past few decades, China has undergone a series of profound social changes stemming from globalization and its own domestic economic reforms and political development. Cultural attitudes deeply embedded in China for centuries have changed seemingly overnight with the expansion of the Chinese middle class. Perhaps no city in China quite exemplifies this colossal transformation like Shanghai. Once a moderately sized port city, Shanghai has quickly become a sprawling global financial and cultural center rivaling New York and London. The economic promise of Shanghai has attracted millions of Chinese and foreigners alike seeking to partake in the seeming torrent of capital, ideas, and opportunity. One of these dreamers is Rob Schmitz, who traveled to Shanghai as a correspondent for Marketplace. While immersing himself in his neighborhood, Mr. Schmitz encountered a web of individuals whose life stories together portray the mosaic of contemporary China. In his new book, Street of Eternal Happiness, Schmitz narrates the experiences of these everyday people, and the hardships many have endured in their struggle to adapt to an ever-changing China. As he became more involved in their lives, Schmitz made surprising discoveries that reveal a family’s – and country’s - dark past, and an abandoned neighborhood where fates have been violently altered by unchecked power and greed. A tale of 21st century China, Street of Eternal Happiness profiles China’s distinct generations through individuals whose lives illuminate an enlightening, humorous, and at times heartrending journey along the winding road to the Chinese Dream. Each story adds another layer of humanity and texture to modern China. The result is an intimate and surprising portrait that dispenses with the tired stereotypes of a country we think we know, presenting us instead with the vivid stories of the people who make up one of the world’s most captivating cities. Join us as Rob Schmitz launches his book with the National Committee on May 17, in New York City. Rob Schmitz is the China correspondent for American Public Media's Marketplace, the largest business news program in the U.S. with more than 12 million listeners a week. Mr. Schmitz has won several awards for his reporting on China, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards and an Education Writers Association award. His work was also a finalist for the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. His reporting in Japan — from the hardest-hit areas near the failing Fukushima nuclear power plant following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami — was included in the publication “100 Great Stories,” celebrating the centennial of Columbia University’s Journalism School. In 2012, Rob exposed the fabrications in Mike Daisey’s account of Apple’s supply chain on This American Life. His report was featured in the show’s “Retraction” episode, the most downloaded episode in the program’s 16-year history. The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading nonprofit nonpartisan organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States among citizens of both countries.

19mins

24 May 2016

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Covering China - A Conversation with Rob Schmitz

USC U.S.-China Institute Speaker Series

China's economic rise is one of the most dramatic and complex stories of our time. Reporting on the rapid and sweeping changes underway in there and what those changes mean for the Chinese and everybody else is a great challenge. One reporter who does this consistently well is Marketplace's Rob Schmitz. He's helped us understand a wide range of stories from currency debates and stimulus spending to inflation worries and how families seek to prepare their children to compete in the global economy. In March he generated a lot of discussion by reporting that a widely heard and discussed report about conditions at FoxConn factories turning out Apple and other products had been fabricated. His report led to an unprecedented retraction of Mike Daisey's story by This American Life.Schmitz joined Marketplace in 2010. Prior to that, he was the Los Angeles bureau chief for KQED's The California Report. He's also reported for KPCC (89.3), and as a reporter for Minnespota Public Radio. Prior to his radio career, Schmitz lived and worked in China; first as a teacher in the Peace Corps, then as a freelance print and video journalist.

32mins

20 Apr 2012

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Covering China - A Conversation with Rob Schmitz

USC U.S.-China Institute Speaker Series (Audio Only)

China's economic rise is one of the most dramatic and complex stories of our time. Reporting on the rapid and sweeping changes underway in there and what those changes mean for the Chinese and everybody else is a great challenge. One reporter who does this consistently well is Marketplace's Rob Schmitz. He's helped us understand a wide range of stories from currency debates and stimulus spending to inflation worries and how families seek to prepare their children to compete in the global economy. In March he generated a lot of discussion by reporting that a widely heard and discussed report about conditions at FoxConn factories turning out Apple and other products had been fabricated. His report led to an unprecedented retraction of Mike Daisey's story by This American Life.Schmitz joined Marketplace in 2010. Prior to that, he was the Los Angeles bureau chief for KQED's The California Report. He's also reported for KPCC (89.3), and as a reporter for Minnespota Public Radio. Prior to his radio career, Schmitz lived and worked in China; first as a teacher in the Peace Corps, then as a freelance print and video journalist.

32mins

20 Apr 2012