We at the Sinica podcast know how to roll with the punches. When a technical glitch resulted in what should have been last week’s show being irretrievably lost to the ether, we simply went back into the studio and recorded not one, but two makeup shows. One of those shows was focused on the North Korea issue, and I did not participate. But interested listeners can get it here. The second one revisited several of the topics from our lost show, including more Wikileaks, “crazy bad”, the woman sentenced to a labor camp for a tweet and the devastating Shanghai apartment fire. For a redux, it was a damn fine show if I may talk my book, as it were. It also featured part II of the Sinica debut of excellent Public Radio International Beijing correspondent Mary Kay Magistad (part one being the other show recorded that session). The official write up:
Kaiser’s despair on learning that last week’s Sinica episode had been lost in a freak weather accident turned quickly to plotting. “We’ll simply have to make up for it somehow,” he mused. Which is how today’s special show came about: a better, stronger and perhaps even genetically-modified weekend version of everyone’s favorite Chinese podcast. But no worries – our same off-the-cuff and no-holds-barred rules apply.
And we have a full house in the studio too. Joining Kaiser are Sinica stalwarts Jeremy Goldkorn of Danwei fame, Gady Epstein of Forbes and renowned China public relations expert Will Moss. Mary Kay Magistad of Public Radio International also joins the crew as they kick around more juicy tidbits from the Wikileaks data-dump, take delight in the US Embassy’s new and unofficial moniker for Beijing air quality, and talk about some of the topics we meant to bring you last week.