Evan Osnos
  • Media Appearances

  • CSPAN
    9.05.2015
    Book Discussion on Age of Ambition
    Evan Osnos talked about his book Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, in which he reports on China’s current political and social landscape.
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  • NPR: Fresh Air with Terry Gross
    9.03.2015
    How White Nationalist Groups Found Their Candidate in Donald Trump
    Reporter Evan Osnos says the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina's state house reinvigorated extremist white-rights groups. Then, he says, "into that moment dropped Donald Trump."
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  • Charlie Rose
    8.20.2015
    Evan Osnos on Donald Trump and the Extreme Right
    Evan Osnos of the New Yorker discusses his latest article about Donald Trump and his fans among America's extreme right.
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  • PBS News Hour
    6.24.2015
    China, U.S. wrap up talks amid growing distrust
    This week, high-level delegations from China and the U.S. met in Washington for their annual talks. Evan Osnos of The New Yorker joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the meeting and the tension between the two nations on issues like cyber espionage.
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  • Nieman Storyboard
    5.15.2015
    Annotation Live! The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos and Richard M. Daley
    National Book Award winner talks about access, ledes and regret
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  • Fareed Zakaria's GPS on CNN
    4.22.2015
    What are China's intentions?
    Fareed sits down with former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Evan Osnos to ask whether China is friend or foe to the United States.
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  • Charlie Rose
    3.31.2015
    Evan Osnos on Xi Jinping
    Evan Osnos, author of "Age of Ambition" discusses his latest reporting on President Xi Jinping.
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  • PBS NewsHour
    11.25.2014
    Author Evan Osnos explores rapid changes underway in China in 'Age of Ambition'
    What began as reporting for the New Yorker turned into “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China,” an in-depth look at China’s recent changes by Evan Osnos. Jeffrey Brown speaks with this year’s winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction at the Miami Book Fair about the “Chinese Dream” and the changes the Chinese are still undergoing.
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  • PRI's The World
    06.17.2014
    Evan Osnos' new book shows a China that will surprise you
    When New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos thought about publishing his new book in China, he wasn't surprised to learn authorities had plans to censor about one out of every four pages he'd written. So Osnos gave the idea a thumbs down. There is no Chinese edition of his book "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China."
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  • Harvard Magazine
    06.16.2014
    “Chorus of Soloists”
    What Osnos relates with such clarity, however, is that among the myriad acts of self-transformation unfolding in China today, many—including those of Qi Xiangfu or Michael Zhang—display utter indifference toward the state, the Communist Party, and every other official articulator of the “Chinese Dream.” The party state may control the symphonic melody, but Chinese society is grooving to a decidedly different beat. Today’s China is less martial music than Miles Davis. And that, in a sense, is why the possibilities for China’s rise truly are bound only by the limits of human imagination…or ambition.
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  • The National Interest
    06.13.2014
    The Contest for China's Soul
    With his new book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, Evan Osnos, a New Yorker writer, has jumped in with aplomb. The author spent eight years reporting from China, and has put his keen insight and intrepid research skills to use in his exploration of the internal intellectual and spiritual infrastructure of China’s rise. He has provided a set of answers to a crucial question: how have various subcultures in China responded to the country’s explosion in wealth, power and prestige?
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  • WBUR: Arts, Ideas & Politics with Christopher Lydon
    06.12.2014
    Evan Osnos on China’s “Age of Ambition”
    On the verge of my own first plunge into China, I’m in conversation with Evan Osnos of The New Yorker. He’s been eight years in the new China, reenacting the role of the foreign correspondent on the grand scale: covering an impossibly big story of politics and culture, police stories and natural disasters, with bold strokes and a novelist’s eye.
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  • The New York Times Style Magazine: Chinese Edition
    06.11.2014
    A Young Chinese Reads "Age of Ambition"
    “Ambition” is the book’s keyword, and to most Western readers and reviewers, it’s a good one to describe China’s stunning economic miracle and political realities over the last thirty years. But for people like me -- the generation born in the 1980s, who have personally experienced the tide of China’s social development over the last ten years -- “reality” may be an even better word to sum up this book.
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    In “Age of Ambition,” I read this "reality" of life in China. During China’s transformation, people have pursued fortune, truth, and faith in many ways; at the same time, they have borne the pressures and distresses that come from those pursuits. When young people work hard to find opportunities and survive, they also look for ways to express themselves, or for places to focus their spirit. China’s population of individuals can make the country seem complicated and unpredictable. Evan Osnos collected stories, examined their main characters, and attempted to record the narrative of China’s development as it has happened. While it may be impossible for him to write about China as a whole, the individual stories in the book have let me read the road that I’ve taken.

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  • The American Scholar
    06.09.2014
    China, Up Close
    Like any good reporter, Osnos asks pertinent questions, so we urged him to ask six for the Scholar about the future of China, the rise of which has been called the world’s biggest story of the past 25 years.
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  • NPR: Fresh Air
    06.03.2014
    A 'New Yorker' Writer's Take On China's 'Age Of Ambition'
    On the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, author Evan Osnos discusses his new book that explores the tensions between China's economic expansion and its commitment to authoritarian rule.
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  • The Economist
    05.31.2014
    Wild at heart: How the country—and the people—are changing
    For those new to China, Mr Osnos beautifully portrays the nation in all its craziness, providing a ringside seat for the greatest show on earth.
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  • Financial Times
    05.30.2014
    The Tiananmen Square massacre, 25 years on
    [Osnos] provides a fluent, cohesive view of the country that goes to the heart of the conflict between Party control and the rise of the individual.
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  • Time Magazine
    05.30.2014
    China’s Culture of Compliance Is Crippling the Country
    The question is, can that juxtaposition last another 25 years—or even another five? It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, particularly as I delve into New Yorker writer Evan Osnos’ very interesting new book on China, “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China” (FSG). The core premise of the book is that individual ambition and authoritarianism in countries like China will inevitably come into conflict with one another. As people get richer, they want more freedom, and they put pressure on their governments to deliver it. The problem is that these governments are often much better at delivering wealth than they are at delivering anything close to liberal democracy.
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  • San Francisco Chronicle
    05.30.2014
    Review: 'Age of Ambition,' by Evan Osnos
    "Age of Ambition" is by far the most thoughtful and well-crafted work on China written by an American journalist in recent years. What sets it apart from other reportage on China is the combination of fascinating storytelling, elegant writing, ingenious contextualization and deep insights.
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  • KCRW's To The Point
    05.29.2014
    China's rapid evolution is giving citizens the chance to demand what they want
    In his book, he tells the story of this “warp speed transformation” through the lives of young bloggers, ordinary workers, dissident artists and millionaire entrepreneurs.
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  • The New York Times
    05.25.2014
    Striving for Wealth and Truth in China, in Face of Monolithic Government
    “Age of Ambition” is, Mr. Osnos writes, “an account of the collision of two forces: aspiration and authoritarianism.” It is also a riveting and troubling portrait of a people in a state of extreme anxiety about their identity, values and future. Mr. Osnos paints a China rived by moral crisis and explosive frustration, whose citizens are desperate to achieve wealth, even as they are terrified of being left with nothing.
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  • Mother Jones
    05.24.2014
    From the Mao Generation to the Me Generation: Tales From the New China
    New Yorker correspondent Evan Osnos answers questions about censorship, street sweeping poets, and his new book on the world's most populous country.
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  • The New York Times Sunday Book Review
    05.23.2014
    An Inconvenient Past
    Osnos shows that the kaleidoscope of Internet abuse, jokes and cynicism displays a depressing picture of “a train with a limited number of seats.” Those with seats were happy. Those without seats “could run as far and fast as their legs would carry them, but they would only be able to watch the caboose shrink into the distance.”
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  • NPR: On Point with Tom Ashbrook
    05.21.2014
    Evan Osnos On China’s ‘Age Of Ambition’
    The US accuses China’s military of industrial espionage. We’ll talk with the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos – longtime Beijing correspondent – about China’s “Age of Ambition.”
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  • The Wall Street Journal
    05.19.2014
    Book Review: 'Age of Ambition' by Evan Osnos
    "Age of Ambition" is a splendid and entertaining picture of 21st-century China, painted by a young American who moves with ease around the country rather like one of Mao Zedong's proverbial fishes. With a sharp eye and a keen nose, Mr. Osnos, a well-connected writer for the New Yorker, introduces us to the people living in a country undergoing "a transformation one hundred times the scale, and ten times the speed, of the first Industrial Revolution, which created modern Britain."
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  • Politico
    05.18.2014
    Five Myths About China (That I’m Sorry I Helped Spread)
    "So, which is it: Is China the world’s next great power or a political antique or an economic powder keg? The answer: Yes."
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  • Squawk Box on CNBC
    05.16.2014
    China's age of ambition
    Evan Osnos, "Age of Ambition" author, discusses how he was able to cut through the mythology surrounding China and discover the country's underlying realities.
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  • The Street
    05.16.2014
    Communist Party and Chinese People on Collision Course
    The single most powerful force operating in China today is that of "aspiration", says Evan Osnos, author of "Age of Ambition". Osnos says there is a growing tension between Communist Party rulers and ambitious Chinese citizens seeking to express themselves.
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  • The Washington Post
    05.15.2014
    Review: ‘Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China’ by Evan Osnos
    In “Age of Ambition,” Osnos takes his reporting a step further, illuminating what he calls China’s Gilded Age, its appetites, challenges and dilemmas, in a way few have done.
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  • HuffPost Live
    05.15.2014
    'Age Of Ambition' Author Evan Osnos
    As The New Yorker's Beijing correspondent, Evan Osnos had a front row seat for China's world-altering growth. His new book "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China" looks at the balance between aspiration and authoritarianism.
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  • Charlie Rose
    05.14.2014
    Age of Ambition
    Evan Osnos of the New Yorker on his book 'Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China.'
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  • Asia Society
    05.14.2014
    Evan Osnos: China's 'Age of Ambition'
    New Yorker correspondent Evan Osnos discusses his new book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, based on eight years of living in Beijing, with Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations.
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  • Kirkus Reviews
    05.14.2014
    Interview with Evan Osnos
    “In the beginning there is this temptation, because China is so vast as an idea and as a place, to look at it in really broad terms, and I did that—that’s what I was trying to do. The longer I was in China, the more I looked at the smaller details. Why China became so thrilling to me is because of the sheer unpredictability of people’s lives.”
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  • OnFaith
    05.14.2014
    Five Things You Need to Know about Faith in China
    Nothing has caused more upheaval in the last hundred years of Chinese history than the battle over what to believe.
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  • Time Out Beijing
    05.14.2014
    Interview: Evan Osnos
    Age of Ambition documents the decline of collectivism in China.
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  • The Leonard Lopate Show
    05.13.2014
    Change and Conflict in Modern-Day China
    Evan Osnos, Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, describes the profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval occurring in China. In Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, Faith in New China, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control.
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  • Marketplace Morning Report
    05.13.2014
    New book tells of China's modern awakening
    If someone forced you to name the biggest economic and social transformation of the last 35 years, what would you say? The internet, probably. But what about China, where more than half a billion people have moved up from poverty? Like so much good writing about vast topics, New Yorker writer Evan Osnos tells it from the grassroots. Osnos' new book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China is out today.
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  • Morning Joe on MSNBC
    05.13.2014
    Capitalism and communism: Inside ‘New China’
    The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos joins Morning Joe to discuss his new book, “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China.”
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  • The New York Times: Sinosphere Blog
    05.13.2014
    Q & A: Evan Osnos on the ‘Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China’
    In an interview, he described why China today feels like a Gilded Age and how the lives of Chinese and Americans are growing more similar even as their countries appear increasingly unable to get along.
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  • C-SPAN: Q&A
    05.11.2014
    Q&A with Evan Osnos
    Evan Osnos talked about his book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, in which he describes the rising conflict between the individual and the Chinese government.
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  • Chicago Tribune
    05.09.2014
    Review: Osnos offers a compelling history of China's Gilded Age through stories of its people
    China's Gilded Age has been every bit as fascinating, colorful and tragic as our own — and Evan Osnos offers an engrossing account of it.
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  • Los Angeles Times
    05.09.2014
    Review: Evan Osnos observes China's split personality in 'Age of Ambition'
    Osnos has adeptly chronicled the remarkable changes in the personal lives of the Chinese populace over the last 35 years, the tension that now animates the public-state relationship and the ideological stalemate bogging society down.
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  • The Wall Street Journal Blog: China Real Time
    05.06.2014
    Writing China: Evan Osnos, ‘Age of Ambition’
    China Real Time interviews Evan Osnos about Age of Ambition, "a rich store of narratives to draw on, spanning singles in search of soul mates, hungry students who approach English learning with a religious fervor and entrepreneurs—and dissidents—who throw caution to the wind."
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  • The New York Times
    05.03.2014
    Op-Ed: China's Censored World
    Altering the proportions of a portrait of China gives a false reflection of how the country appears to the world.
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  • South China Morning Post
    04.20.2014
    The complications and contradictions of China in a time of great change
    Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker, recently left China after eight years covering the country, but not before writing a book on China's Age of Ambition, due to be released in early May. He spoke to Kit Gillet.
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  • PBS NewsHour
    04.16.2014
    Are new regulations tough enough to prevent another West Virginia chemical spill?
    Three months ago, a storage tank leaked up to 10,000 gallons of the chemical MCHM in Charleston, W.Va., where more than 300,000 people were exposed to one of the worst cases of drinking water contamination in U.S. history. To examine the regulations that have been passed in its wake, Judy Woodruff talks to Evan Osnos of The New Yorker and Ashton Marra of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
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  • Publishers Weekly
    04.04.2014
    Brave—and Anxious—New World: PW Talks with Evan Osnos
    In his first book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos explores China’s astounding social transformation, and its discontents.
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  • NPR: Morning Edition
    04.03.2014
    Chemical Spill In West Virginia Tests Tolerance For Big Coal
    Linda Wertheimer talks to Evan Osnos about his New Yorker piece in which he explores how the coal industry has become a political player in the state, and what that could mean for future regulation.
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  • Fareed Zakaria's GPS on CNN
    03.30.2014
    Evan Osnos on China's Role in the Search for MH370
    Fareed goes 1-on-1 with the New Yorker's Evan Osnos to discuss China's response to missing Malaysian Flight 370.
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  • NPR: Weekend Edition Sunday
    03.23.2014
    Michelle Obama Convenes 'First Wives Club' in China
    Michelle Obama is making an official visit to China — but it's not supposed to be political. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with writer Evan Osnos in Beijing about the geo-politics of her vacation.
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  • Publishers Weekly
    03.17.2014
    Age of Ambition Review: "Scintillating Reportage"
    Two potent, antagonistic forces—a swelling individualism and a political structure intent on controlling it—shape a rising superpower in this revealing journalistic portrait. New Yorker staff writer Osnos, the magazine’s former Beijing correspondent, hangs his panorama on vivid first-hand profiles of artists, writers, editors, economists, Internet dating entrepreneurs, conservative nationalists, liberal students, and dissidents, including imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and exiled lawyer-activist Chen Guangcheng.
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  • Asia Society
    11.07.2013
    A 'Heavy Lift' Ahead for Xi Jinping
    New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos suggests the concept of the "Chinese Dream" could backfire against President Xi Jinping, while former U.S. Ambassador to China J. Stapleton Roy explains why Xi doesn't want to become a "Chinese Gorbachev."
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  • PBS NewsHour
    10.21.2013
    Chinese citizens losing patience with air pollution
    Jeffrey Brown talks to Evan Osnos of The New Yorker about the ramifications of China's air quality problems.
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  • Politics and Prose
    07.17.2013
    Wealth and Power
    Evan Osnos moderates a conversation with Orville Schell and John Delury about their book, Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the 21st Century.
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  • Charlie Rose
    10.15.2012
    Growth in China
    Evan Osnos, reporter for the New Yorker Magazine on his article about Chinese growth: “Boss Rail: The Disaster that Exposed the Underside of the Boom.”
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  • Fareed Zakaria's GPS on CNN
    10.19.2012
    Evan Osnos on China's Upcoming Transition
    Evan Osnos talks with Fareed Zakaria about the upcoming leadership transition in China.
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  • The Leonard Lopate Show
    08.02.2012
    Backstory: Burma's Transformation
    Over the last few years, Burma has been transformed from a repressive dictatorship to a developing democracy. But unlike other revolutions, this has been a top-down change.
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  • The New York Times
    07.20.2012
    Dissent as Art Project, and Film Subject
    Inside the Documentary ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.’
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  • Pandodaily
    07.16.2012
    How Sina Weibo Changes Lives in China
    A chat with Evan Osnos about how China's popular microblogs are affecting the flow of information in China.
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  • PBS NewsHour
    05.02.2012
    After Leaving U.S. Custody, What's Next for Chen Guangcheng?
    Jeffrey Brown, Xiao Qiang of The China Digital Times and The New Yorker's Evan Osnos discussed the blind activist's unclear fate and how his saga has affected U.S.-China relations.
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  • Fareed Zakaria's GPS on CNN
    04.27.2012
    How Corrupt is China?
    The Bo Xilai scandal has gone from being an Agatha Christie story to a Chinese version of Watergate. The New Yorker’s Beijing correspondent Evan Osnos sits down with Fareed to explain the larger ramifications.
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  • Charlie Rose
    04.25.2012
    Elite Politics in China
    Evan Osnos of The New Yorker on the continued investigation into the ousting of Bo Xilai from the Chinese Communist party.
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  • NPR: On Point with Tom Ashbrook
    12.19.2011
    What’s Next For North Korea
    Death of a dictator. North Korea’s Kim Jong Il is dead. We’ll look at what’s ahead for his country and the world.
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  • The Colbert Report
    03.01.2011
    Interview with Evan Osnos
    Evan Osnos believes America needs to be working as hard as China if it wants to come up with the next big technological idea.
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  • C-SPAN: Q&A
    04.28.2009
    Q&A with Evan Osnos
    Evan Osnos believes America needs to be working as hard as China if it wants to come up with the next big technological idea.
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  • FRONTLINE
    06.24.2008
    Jesus in China
    Evan Osnos reports on the growing Christian population in China.
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  • The Colbert Report
    07.30.2007
    Interview with Evan Osnos
    Evan Osnos argues that the American demand for cashmere has caused pollution clouds to travel from China to American soil.
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