CHP-257-Emily "Mickey" Hahn
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Not to be confused with the Emily Hahn, the voice of Bonnie in Toy Story 3 who got to live happily ever after with Woody and Buzz, Emily Mickey Hahn (1905-1997) was a woman who lived a long and interesting life. Her writings from her years in China from 1935 to 1943 and the dispatches she sent back to the The New Yorker Magazine were essential reading for those hungry to learn about China during a time when the world was becoming smaller and more dangerous.  She experienced first hand the desolation and ravages of Japanese invasion and occupation. Besides her journalistic contributions to early American understanding of China, she was an early feminist patron saint, living life to its fullest and ignoring the conventions of her day that still demanded women know their place.

Deep Dive from The Japan Times
Deep Dive from The Japan Times
The Japan Times
75: What will a Joe Biden presidency mean for Japan?
Our guest is Sheila A. Smith, a senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of books including “Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power” and “Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance.” Sheila joined us from Washington earlier this week to give her take on what a Biden presidency might mean for Japan going forward, where the U.S. and Japan might find new areas for cooperation, and the growing pressure on the alliance from an increasingly demanding China. Read more: After sending congratulatory note, Suga ponders his approach to Biden ( (Satoshi Sugiyama and Jesse Johnson, The Japan Times) Suga says he got Biden's backing on Senkakus in first phone talks ( (Satoshi Sugiyama, The Japan Times) Blunt claim on Senkakus overshadows progress in China-Japan meeting ( (Satoshi Sugiyama, The Japan Times) Japan’s ‘misunderstanding’ about a Biden administration ( (Shin Kawashima, The Japan Times) Japan looks to past ties with Trump and Biden for glimpses of the future ( (Eric Johnston, The Japan Times) After unpredictable Trump, Biden may keep Japan in trade quagmire ( (Kyodo via The Japan Times) On this episode:  Sheila A. Smith: Twitter ( | Website ( Oscar Boyd: Twitter ( | Articles ( | Instagram ( Announcements: Sign up to the Deep Dive mailing list and be notified every time a new episode comes out. Get in touch with us at Support the show! Rate us, review us and share this episode with a friend if you've enjoyed it. Follow us on Twitter, and give us feedback. This episode of Deep Dive may be supported by advertising based on your location. Advertising is sourced by Audioboom and is not affiliated with The Japan Times. Photo: Then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech in front of people affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, at Sendai Airport on Aug. 23, 2011. | KYODO
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The Zedonk Problem
Today I learnt that tigons and ligers are what you get when lions and tigers interbreed?!’ surprised listener Jamz G tells the doctors. ‘What determines whether species can interbreed?’ Geneticist Aoife McLysaght studies molecular evolution. She explains the modern definition of a species, built on ideas from Aristotle, Linnaeus and Darwin: a species is a group of organisms capable of interbreeding to produce fertile offspring. Hybrids – such as ligons and tigers – are usually infertile, because their common ancestors long ago diverged into the lions and tigers we know today. However, this definition isn’t absolute, and there are many ways a new species can be formed. Hybrids also offer rich study subjects for scientists. Mathematical biologist Kit Yates discusses why he’s been reading research papers about hebras and zorses (horse x zebra) as their patterns offer insights into how cells spread and develop into organisms, building on a prediction made by codebreaking mathematician Alan Turing. And it turns out that these hybrids are even more intriguing. As speciation and evolution expert Joana Meier explains, hybrids are not always infertile. Hybridisation can lead to successful new species arising, such as in Lake Victoria’s cichlid fish, who it seems have been having a wild evolutionary party for the last 15,000 years. And the picture gets even murkier when we discover that modern genetics reveals our human ancestors successfully mated with Neanderthals. Presenters: Hannah Fry & Adam Rutherford Producer: Jen Whyntie
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Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters
Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters
Mark Leon Goldberg
Legendary US Diplomat Thomas Pickering Explains How the US Can Get Its Multilateral Groove Back
Ambassador Thomas Pickering is a legendary retired US foreign service officer. He had a four decade career in diplomacy, including serving as ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, El Salvador, among key postings. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed him US Ambassador to the United Nations where he played a critical role in marshaling broad international support against Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. The diplomacy that accompanied the international effort to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait in the early 1990s is considered to be a high water mark for US multilateral engagement. This is why I was curious to learn from Ambassador Pickering about what opportunities may exist for the incoming Biden administration to re-establish US global leadership and multilateral engagement? We kick off discussing the Trump administration's approach to multilateralism before having a broader conversation about the changing nature of the UN and ways the Biden administration can productively work with with allies and adversaries to advance American interests and the global good. Today's episode is produced in partnership with the Better World Campaign as part of a series examining the opportunities for strengthening multilateral engagement by the new Biden-Harris administration and the incoming 117th Congress. To learn more and access additional episodes in this series, please visit
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