Beijing Diary Podcast

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31
Jan
Posted in DefaultTag by beijingdiary at 6:17 pm

In this podcast, I discuss the dilemma that Vice President Pence faced on the 6th of January following the tumultuous 2020 election.  Did he really have any option to do other than what he did?  Join me as we consider this question.

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3
Nov
Posted in DefaultTag by beijingdiary at 11:25 am

The polls have been showing Biden ahead.  But on the ground, it feels like Trump is ahead.  What is going on?  

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6
Apr
Posted in DefaultTag by beijingdiary at 2:15 am

What is racism? This word has been so abused and watered down that it seems nobody really knows what it means. Contrary to what many today seem to believe, disagreeing with a person of color is not racism. So what, then, is racism? If you are confused about this question, today's program will clear it up for you.

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29
Feb
Posted in DefaultTag by beijingdiary at 3:39 pm

Why is it that a woman cannot be elected president?  This podcast episode will explain this for you.  But keep in mind, this is not a discussion about whether or not a woman should be able to be elected president.  It is only an explanation for why it is not possible in today's political environment, given the unique nature of the American political system.  

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23
Dec
Posted in DefaultTag by beijingdiary at 7:39 pm

With this episode I am beginning a study of the Gospel of John, the fourth book in the New Testament.  The Gospel of John was written by John the disciple, apostle, and best friend of Jesus of Nazareth. In the first episode we introduce the Logos.

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1
Oct
Posted in Culture, China, Marriage by beijingdiary at 3:10 am

This podcast takes off from an earlier blog post where I discussed the bride kidnapping in the country of Kyrgyzstan. The point of that blog post was to show one extreme example of arranged marriage that I think we can all agree is not appropriate. This present podcast outline what is needed to make arranged marriage acceptable and even helpful.

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20
Jun
Posted in DefaultTag, Hong Kong by beijingdiary at 9:18 pm

Discusses the June, 2019 demonsrations in Hong Kong, with a little history of the colony and current relationship between Hong Kong and the mainland, as well as comparison between these demonstrations and the Occupy Central demonstrations of 2014.

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30
May
Posted in American Society, History by beijingdiary at 9:36 pm

I view the American Civil War as the center point of American history. The burning issue of the day was slavery. But the underlying problem was a sense of ambivalence about whether America was really a country, or a group of independent entities. The Civil War established the idea of America as a single nation.

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30
May

Here are the lecture slides for  the American Civil War lecture (above).  You can watch the slides directly online if you like.  But I recommend that you download them to your computer first.  Then open the .pdf in Adobe, go to the View menu, and select "Full Screen Mode."  Then you can use the arrow buttons to move back and forth.

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16
Apr
Posted in DefaultTag by beijingdiary at 11:51 am

Marian interviewed me for English Sunday, the weekly student radio program here at Chinese Youth University. We had a pleasant conversation. Hope you enjoy it.

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9
May
Posted in DefaultTag by beijingdiary at 2:10 pm

I am beginning a series on the extraordinary communications revolution that has taken place over the span of my life, and how this communications revolution affects China's relationship with the world. This week we are talking about the history of communication (at least as far as my own life is concerned) and specifically how conventional short wave communication compares to contemporary internet radio.

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28
Mar
Posted in Culture, Rural China, China by beijingdiary at 12:33 pm

I recorded this interview a year ago with a friend of mine who was an orthopedic surgeon here in Beijing. For some reason, I have had trouble with my system, making it hard for me to complete the podcast until just recently. The information will be very helpful to you if you live in China, and very interesting if you are interested in comparative medicine. 

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28
May
Posted in Culture, Rural China, China by beijingdiary at 8:17 pm

Several weeks ago, I had a most interesting conversation with Snow's grandmother. The logistics of the thing were a little tricky, because the kind lady did not really speak Mandarin, and certainly not English. But Snow speaks Mandarin, English, her native dialect, Baihua (Beihai area dialect) as well as Cantonese, so she was well able to interpret for me. As the story develops, and we hear about how Snow was adopted, the role of mother and grandmother tend to merge. Snow refers to her as her grandmother, but although Snow was adopted and became part of a peasant family, it was this lady herself who nurtured Snow as an infant.

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18
Apr
Posted in Culture, Travel, Rural China by beijingdiary at 12:00 am

This episode introduces Snow and Fly, a couple young people I met in Beihai. Snow is very interested in English, and really quite good at it, if you consider her background as a poor country kid from the rural area where absolutely nobody speaks English. Snow does not come from a Christian background at all, but she dragged her classmate along to church, probably in hopes of meeting a foreigner. You will enjoy her warm, engaging personality.

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1
Apr
Posted in Culture, Religion, Philosophy by beijingdiary at 1:15 am

Chinese young people talking about what Chinese people believe. There seems to be some ambivalence about this. One young lady said, "I believe in myself." This prompted a discussion started by a man in the group who saw this as an evidence of the current spiritual vacuum in China. Very interesting, warm discussion.

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