Friday, 4 June 2010

Today on Beyond Beijing - June 4th - Women and Leadership

There was a joke doing the rounds at the start of the global financial crisis: If the company at the center of the crisis had been called Lehman Sisters instead of Lehman Brothers, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are now. It raised a smile at the time, but how much truth is there in the humour? How much different would the world be if more women were pushing the levers of power in business and politics?

Xu Qinduo, Julia Broussard, Yang Jia, Helen Zhang, Chris Gelken

We put that question and many more to a very impressive line up of guests:

Ripa Rashid, Senior Vice President, Center for Work-Life Policy

Helen Zhang, Managing Director, ChinaTime Inc and author of 'Think like a Chinese"

Prof. Yang Jia, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Vice Chair, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Member, of Women's Federation Division of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

Julia Broussard, Country Programme Manager, Project Office in China, UNIFEM

Julia Broussard and Helen Zhang in the Today studio

In the words of one of our colleagues who was listening to the show outside in the newsroom, "It was inspiring." If you only download one podcast this week, this should be the one.

If you are in the mood to be inspired, listen to Women and Leadership on Today!

Xu Qinduo, Julia Broussard, Yang Jia, Lv Xiaohong, Helen Zhang, Chris Gelken

And since the show was all about women taking responsibility and a leadership role, we thought it only right and proper that our producer, Lv Xiaohong, join us for another show photograph!

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Thursday, 3 June 2010

Today on Beyond Beijing - June 3rd - Sexual Harassment

What might be considered an encouraging pat on the back to one person, could be considered offensive and threatening to another. When it comes to sexual harassment there are some pretty obvious boundaries - and in today's show we're investigating how much those boundaries can shift depending on an individual's perception and sensitivity.

Xu Qinduo, Zhang Weiwei, Chris Gelken

Our distinguished panel included:

Joy Chen, former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, now a global executive recruiter and blogger at

Zhang Weiwei, Attorney at Law; Project Manager of Beijing Zhongze Women's Legal Aid Center

Michael Zhang, US-based Attorney at Law

Zhang Weiwei in the Today studio

You might be surprised by some of the advice offered - but you will certainly be well informed. For the full story, listen to Sexual Harassment on Today!

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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Today on Beyond Beijing - June 2nd - Organ trafficking

It is the stuff of urban legend. Unsuspecting tourist wakes up in a bathtub full of ice with a terrible pain in his back – the victim of kidney thieves. It is a myth, but it does highlight the darker side of a life-saving medical science – organ transplants and the trade in black market organs.

Today studio

Explaining the fact and fiction surrounding the global trade in organs Chris and Qinduo had the pleasure to host:

Debra Budiani-Saberi, Ph.D., Director and Founder Coalition for Organ- Failure Solutions (COFS). Research Associate, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania.

Denis Campbell, Editor and CEO, UK
  • More than 100,00 registered on wait-list for organ donations in the US
  • Denis Campbell says "opt-out" program for organ donation would help resolve the organ shortage program
For the full story, listen to Blackmarket Organs on Today on Beyond Beijing

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Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Today on Beyond Beijing - June 1st - The Development of Artificial Life

Last month the J. Craig Venter Genomics Research Institute announced that it had created the first totally man made synthetic organism. The institute claimed it was a potential breakthrough in our understanding of how complex life began and said its implications for industries such as pharmaceuticals and agriculture were immense.

Xu Qinduo, Qiu Renzong, Chris Gelken

Widely applauded for its innovative science, the development has not been without critics who've accused the institute and other scientists involved in synthetic biotechnology of trying to "play God".

Qiu Renzong in the studio during the panel discussion

We put the questions of science and ethics to our distinguished panel:

Qiu Renzong, Professor of Bioethics, Institute of Philosophy/Centre for Applied Ethics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Centre for Bioethics, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences/Peking Union Medical College Hospital

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania

Eckard Wimmer, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Stony Brook University, New York. Led a team that in 2002 created the first synthetic virus.

For the full and fascinating story listen to The Development of Artificial Life

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