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There's never been a better time to understand what's going on in Asia. That's why we talk to the people who know it best. The Asia In-Depth podcast brings you conversations with the world's leading experts and thought-leaders on the politics, economics, and culture of Asia — and beyond. Subscribe today.

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There's never been a better time to understand what's going on in Asia. That's why we talk to the people who know it best. The Asia In-Depth podcast brings you conversations with the world's leading experts and thought-leaders on the politics, economics, and culture of Asia — and beyond. Subscribe today.

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Great, balanced and in-depth analysis

By Matt Sheehan 马特 - May 22 2017
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Brings a wide range of viewpoints to bear on each issue, digging deep into arguments and counter arguments for everything. Delivered in a clear (and super calming) format. Great podcast.

Awesome podcast!

By No face man - Oct 20 2015
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Well organized, very informative. Able to learn something new from each episode. Btw, love host's voice.

iTunes Ratings

34 Ratings
Average Ratings
27
2
2
0
3

Great, balanced and in-depth analysis

By Matt Sheehan 马特 - May 22 2017
Read more
Brings a wide range of viewpoints to bear on each issue, digging deep into arguments and counter arguments for everything. Delivered in a clear (and super calming) format. Great podcast.

Awesome podcast!

By No face man - Oct 20 2015
Read more
Well organized, very informative. Able to learn something new from each episode. Btw, love host's voice.

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Latest release on Jan 14, 2021

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Rank #1: The Myth of Chinese Capitalism

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Dexter Roberts talks with Tom Nagorski about his new book on China's unequal economic development and assesses the country's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 19 2020

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Rank #2: Kevin Rudd on the 'Avoidable War' Between the United States and China

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Kevin Rudd, the president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former prime minister of Australia, discusses the dangerous year — and decade — ahead in U.S.-China relations with Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski.

Jan 28 2020

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Rank #3: American Universities in China—Free Speech Bastions or Threat to Academic Freedom?

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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.

May 19 2017

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Rank #4: North Korea’s Market-Savvy Millennials

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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 exposure than their parents — something that’s having major social and political implications. In this episode, we trace how this generational shift is changing North Korea from the inside.

Jul 13 2017

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Rank #5: What Happened to Myanmar?

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Author Thant Myint-U and Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski discuss Myanmar's sudden reversal of fortune — from regional darling to international pariah.

Jan 10 2020

42mins

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Rank #6: Donald Trump and Asia

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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 address them.

Jan 10 2017

27mins

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Rank #7: The Economic Impact of the Coronavirus

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Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd and Rhodium Group Founding Partner Daniel Rosen asses what the ultimate impact of the coronavirus will be on the global economy short-term and longer-term.

Mar 12 2020

34mins

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Rank #8: Hong Kong on the Brink

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Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of a new book about Hong Kong's recent protest movement, discusses the territory's perilous future with Jiayang Fan and Susan Jakes.

Feb 20 2020

47mins

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Rank #9: Daniel Dae Kim on Making Hollywood More Diverse — From Behind The Camera

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Actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim and producer Janet Yang discuss their work promoting fresh storytelling with diversity at its center.

Jan 16 2020

19mins

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Rank #10: Fatima Bhutto on the Global Rise of Asian Mass Culture

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The author of the book New Kings of the World discusses the rise of Korean pop music, Indian cinema, and Turkish television dramas and explores why Asian pop culture is having a moment.

Jan 23 2020

57mins

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Rank #11: Is Chinese-Style Surveillance the Future?

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BuzzFeed News reporter Megha Rajagopalan describes how China uses high-tech surveillance to monitor its Muslim minority and assesses whether this technology will soon be ubiquitous among the world's dictatorships.

Dec 05 2019

35mins

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Rank #12: Coronavirus: The Lesson From China

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Bruce Aylward, who led the World Health Organization response to the COVID-19 outbreak in China, talks with Tom Nagorski about what he learned.

Mar 09 2020

32mins

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Rank #13: Pico Iyer on Life and Loss in Japan

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Writer Pico Iyer sits down with James Shaheen, editor of 'Tricycle Magazine,' to discusses his two recent books, 'Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewell' and 'A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations.' During the conversation, Iyer reflects on his life in Japan, his home for over 20 years, and his journey to understand and adopt the Japanese way of living, and how it has influenced the way he thinks, speaks, and writes.

Nov 14 2019

51mins

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Rank #14: Coronavirus: The Impact on China's Economy, Politics, and Relations With the United States

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Kevin Rudd talks with Tom Nagorski about the impact of COVID-19 on the country where the outbreak began.

Mar 26 2020

43mins

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Rank #15: The Coronavirus and Anti-Asian Racism

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Leesa Lin and Charlie Woo discuss the recent surge in attacks against Asians in the weeks since the coronavirus spread from China to the rest of the world.

Apr 09 2020

49mins

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Rank #16: Revisiting Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad

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Days after the 94-year-old was replaced as Malaysia's prime minister, we revisit a conversation he had in 2018 with Kevin Rudd at Asia Society New York.

Mar 05 2020

31mins

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Rank #17: Coronavirus: How South Korea Flattened the Curve

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Jeongmin Kim and John Delury talk with Tom Nagorski about South Korea's successful attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Apr 03 2020

52mins

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Rank #18: Why Did Trade Deals Become So Unpopular?

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For decades, there was a bipartisan consensus that trade between the U.S. and Asia was mutually beneficial. Now, politicians from both parties are arguing the opposite. What changed — and where is this leading to? Veteran trade negotiator and Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Wendy Cutler joins Tom Nagorski for a discussion of how trade became so unpopular.

Nov 01 2019

36mins

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Rank #19: Understanding the Situation in Iran

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The recent U.S. killing of Major General Qassim Suleimani — followed by a retaliatory attack on U.S. military bases in Iraq — has sparked the first major international crisis of 2020. Puneet Talwar, a former special adviser to President Obama, dissects the current situation in Iran and discusses what he thinks will happen next.

Jan 13 2020

29mins

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Rank #20: Novelists Tishani Doshi and Salman Rushdie on Fiction, Poetry, and India

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The two novelists discuss Doshi's new book "Small Days and Nights."

Feb 27 2020

49mins

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