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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Pro-democracy protesters hold umbrellas under heavy rain in a main street near the government headquarters in Hong Kong late Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP)

China, democracy and Hong Kong. They’re in the streets in Hong Kong with their “Umbrella Revolution.” What now?

 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 10:00 AM
In this June 11, 2014 photo, Jack Ma, right, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group arrives for a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (AP/Andy Wong)

It may be the biggest Wall Street IPO in American history, and it’s not even an American company. We’ll look at China’s tech giant Alibaba going public in the U.S.A.

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Friday, May 23, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell addresses his supporters following his victory in the republican primary Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Mariott Louisville East in Louisville, Ky. (AP)

The President and theVA scandal. Establishment Republicans win over the Tea Party. US Cyber-theft charges against China’s military. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, centre right, and China's President Xi Jinping, centre left, walk to open joint naval exercises, in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP)

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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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
Jack Ma, chairman of China's largest e-commerce firm Alibaba Group, gestures during a conference in Hong Kong Wednesday, March 20, 2012. Ma's company filed for a hotly anticipated US IPO on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

In case you hadn’t noticed, Chinese tech giant Alibaba is finally filing for an IPO in the US. We talked with Quartz reporter Lily Kuo to figure out what all the fuss is really about.

 
Friday, May 2, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Harlee Branson, 13, uses a broom to help clean up storm rubble on her grandparents' property near a Vilonia, Ark., neighborhood Thursday, May 1, 2014. A tornado struck the town late Sunday. (AP)

Donald Sterling banned from the NBA. Deadly twisters across the South. China’s economy to be number one.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 11:00 AM
A worker walks in the main building of Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba.com, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Shanghai. China. (AP)

China’s Alibaba – its Amazon – prepares an American IPO. We’ll look at the booming Internet landscape on the other side of the world.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Argentina Economy

“Emerging markets” around the world — Turkey, Argentina, South Africa, more – were supposed to be the next big wave of economic energy. Now, they’re in trouble. We’ll ask why.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 10:00 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, speaks with his country's Trade Representative Michael Froman, as New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, second left, speaks with his Trade Minister Tim Groser, left, at the Trans-Pacific Partnership meet in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Leaders of the dozen countries involved in the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership met in Bali after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to work on plans for a free trade area they hope will eventually encompass the entire region. (AP)

President Obama is pushing for two big new trade deals – in the Pacific, with Europe. Democrats are resisting. We’ll dig in.

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Oct 1, 2014
Pro-democracy protesters hold umbrellas under heavy rain in a main street near the government headquarters in Hong Kong late Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP)

China, democracy and Hong Kong. They’re in the streets in Hong Kong with their “Umbrella Revolution.” What now?

Oct 1, 2014
Actress Eva Longoria, center, Henry R. Munoz III, co-founder of the Latino Victory Project, left, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, are seated at an event launching The Latino Victory Project, a Latino political action committee, at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP)

Latino America. It is very large and growing very fast. How will it move the country?

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Sep 30, 2014
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, examines a new high-performance industrial robot at the company's Atlanta facility.  (AP)

Nicholas Carr says automation, all over, is turning us into zombies. Out of touch with the world. He’s with us.

 
Sep 30, 2014
St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014

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Friday, Sep 26, 2014

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