Focus - October 29, 2010

Vietnam: Rising Dragon

The eyes of the West have recently been trained on China and India, but Vietnam is rising fast among its Asian peers. A breathtaking period of social change has seen foreign investment bringing capitalism flooding into its nominally communist society, booming cities swallowing up smaller villages, and the lure of modern living tugging at the traditional networks of family and community. Yet beneath these sweeping developments lurks an authoritarian political system that complicates the nation’s apparent renaissance. In Vietnam: Rising Dragon, experienced journalist Bill Hayton looks at the costs of change in Vietnam and questions whether this rising Asian power is really heading toward capitalism and democracy.

Focus - October 28, 2010

Winner-Take-All Politics

Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class

With Paul Pierson, Ph.D. (the John Cross Professorof Political Science, University of California, Berkeley; Book Co-Author)

Focus - October 23, 2010

Enjoying Outdoor Illinois

With Michael R. Jeffords, Ph.D. (Entomologist; Free-Lance Photographer and Writer; Retired Education/Outreach Director, Illinois Natural History Survey; Co-Director, the Illinois of Wilds Institute for Nature), and Susan L. Post (Retired Research Scientist, Illinois Natural History Survey; Photographer and Free-Lance Writer; Co-Director, the Illinois Wilds Institute for Nature)

Focus - October 22, 2010

All Cakes Considered

All Cakes Considered: A Year's Worth of Weekly Recipes Tested, Tasted, and Approved by the Staff of All Things Considered

With Melissa Gray (a Producer for National Public Radio's All Things Considered)

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