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China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet

On the world’s biggest polluter.

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The Price of Cold

On frozen dumplings, industrial freezers, and what the future could hold after China’s burgeoning refrigeration boom.

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An Investigation Into Xinjiang’s Growing Swarm of Great Gerbils

Tracking a rumored gerbil infestation through China’s bureaucracy.

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Year of the Pigskin

A season with the American Football League of China.

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The Honey Launderers

On the biggest food fraud in U.S. history.

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Death in Singapore

Authorities say an American electronics engineer committed suicide after working on a project involving a Chinese telecom giant. His family believes he was murdered.

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Kafka in Beijing

An alleged rape and one woman’s futile quest for justice in modern China.

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Ice

An impossible hike in Western China.

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Boss Rail

How a high-speed rail disaster exposed China’s corruption.

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Frogs

An obstetrician (and abortionist) makes the decision to marry. An excerpt from Wa, the most recent novel from this year's Nobel Prize in Literature winner.

"Aunty said that in all her years as a medical provider, traveling up and down remote paths late at night, she'd never once felt afraid. But that night she was terror-stricken."

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Inside China's Star-Making Machine

On China’s pop music charm offensive.

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Paddled

An American enrolls in a Beijing ping-pong school. A series of humiliations ensue.

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China’s Black Market City

In mountainous Wenzhou “the emperor is far away” and the freest of markets reign.

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KFC's Big Game of Chicken

How KFC brought fried chicken to China and Africa as U.S. sales slumped.

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Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory

After years of avoiding the uncomfortable truths about how his gadgets are made, a Mac fanboy travels to Foxconn to see for himself.

Update 3/16/12: This American Life retracted this story today after it was revealed to have "contained significant fabrications."
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Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China

“We’re trying really hard to make things better,” said one former Apple executive. “But most people would still be really disturbed if they saw where their iPhone comes from.”

Previously: ”Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class

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China TV Grows Racy, and Gets a Chaperon

On “If You Are the One”, the smash hit Chinese dating show that raised the ire of censors.

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The Xinjiang Procedure

A doctor reveals widespread organ harvesting of prisoners in China.

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The Shadow Superpower

The world’s fastest growing economy isn’t China; it’s the “unheralded alternative economic universe of System D” aka the $10 trillion global black market.

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Three Generations Under One Roof

Portrait of a Chinese-American family living in New York.

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How Fast Can China Go?

On the railways of China and a trip aboard its latest spectacle, a $32 billion line carrying passengers between Shanghai and Beijing at 170 MPH.

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Angry Youth

China’s new generation of neocon nationalists.

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Cramming For College At Beijing's Second High

Inside the lives of students at an elite Beijing high school in the months leading up to gaokao, literally “high test,” the national university admittance exam.

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Enter the Cyber-Dragon

On a decade-long war:

Hackers from many countries have been exfiltrating—that is, stealing—intellectual property from American corporations and the U.S. government on a massive scale, and Chinese hackers are among the main culprits.

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Two CIA Prisoners in China, 1952–73

The CIA’s declassified account of the two decades two young officers spent as captives after being shot down over China during the Korean War.

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Train to the Roof of the World

On riding China’s Qinghai-Tibet Railway just before it opened:

Staring out at the shimmering tracks and concrete-reinforced embankment extending to the horizon, I can’t help but think of the senior Chinese scientist who confessed to me that the rail line he helped build might not be safe for long.

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Agony and Ivory

As China’s growing upper class has pushed the price of ivory above $700/pound, a look at both the supply and demand side of the global trade in (mostly) illicitly acquired elephant tusks.

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The Grand Tour

We ate in our own restaurants, stayed in our own hotels, and hired our own guides. We moved through a parallel Paris—and a parallel Rome, Milan, and so on.

The reporter takes a whirlwind guided bus tour of a Europe with a group of Chinese tourists.

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Welcome to the Far Eastern Conference

On former Knicks savior Stephon Marbury and his post-NBA life playing in China.

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Of Mines and Men

How the tapping of Angola’s natural resources has kept the country a killing field, and made it one of the world’s most glaringly inefficient kleptocracies.

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It’s Not Beautiful

A profile of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

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North Korea’s Digital Underground

The perilous routes through which information—video footage, secret documents, radio broadcasts—flow in and out of North Korea through its porous borders with China.

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The Facebooks of China

How the social networks that popped up in Facebook’s absence—the site is not available behind the Great Firewall—are changing Chinese culture.

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Next stop, Forbidden City

The fever-dream life and death of Chinese poet Gu Cheng.

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Obsessed with the Internet: A Tale from China

On boot camps designed to break kids of their web addiction.

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Home and Away

A profile of Yao Ming published during his second season in the NBA.

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Being Eaten By the Dragon

Western execs on what it’s like to be taken over by a Chinese firm.

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Dirty Coal, Clean Future

America, China, and the case for coal as a vital weapon in the war against climate change.

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The Rise of the Tao

On the religious revival underway in China.

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Can you give my son a job?

On China’s modern-day Communist Party and why foundational myths can never be shed.

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The Online Threat

Are we at war? The U.S. government’s evolving response to cyber security and its impact on privacy.

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As Nations Age, a Chance for Younger Nations

The world’s population is rapidly getting older. How China and other countries stocked with young workers are taking advantage.

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The (Chinese) Gangs of New York

Nicky Louie and the Ghost Shadows.

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All the News That’s Fit to Animate

Jimmy Lai, a Hong Kong tabloid tycoon, thinks he’s found the future of journalism: an animation assembly line that can crank out clips recreating–or anticipating, or imagining–breaking news.

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Inside the Knockoff-Tennis-Shoe Factory

The number one item confiscated by U.S. customs for four years in a row: fake shoes. As brands continue to crack down, counterfeiters continue to up their game.

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The Fall of Randolph Hobson Guthrie III

An American, born into privilege, became a bootleg DVD kingpin in Shanghai and then, in an unprecedented development, landed in Chinese prison.

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China's Cyberposse

When members of China’s massive bulletin-board forums perceive wrongdoing, they form a “human flesh search engine” and seek out real world vigilante justice.

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China’s Arranged Remarriages

Both the Chinese government and private matchmakers are laboring to unite people who lost spouses and children in the earthquake.

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Confessions of an Opium-Seeker

From Hong Kong to Bangkok to the Golden Triangle, the author searches for something everyone says no longer exists: an opium den.

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High Rollers, Triads, and a Vegas Giant

Las Vegas casinos operating in Macau rely on “junkets” to bring in the gambling elite, but the money and murder for hire trails lead straight to the Triads.

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The Snakehead

Working from a tiny shop in Chinatown, Sister Ping helped thousands of Chinese immigrate illegally by boat. By the time one of her ships ran aground, the F.B.I estimated her total profits at $40 million.

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China Storms Africa

China is securing sub-Saharan Africa’s natural resources at a staggering rate. With the buying spree comes contracts, workers, and of course, politics. (Part 1 of a 6 part series, rest here)

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Inside the music business in China

As labels big and small attempt to gain traction in the world’s largest market, they’re learning that selling pop is never simple in the epicenter of piracy.