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The Madeleine Brand Show for April 30, 2012




Chinese paramilitary guards march from the US embassy in Beijing on April 30, 2012. Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng is in the US embassy in Beijing but is not seeking asylum, fellow dissident Hu Jia said raising the spectre of a drawn-out China-US diplomatic standoff.
Chinese paramilitary guards march from the US embassy in Beijing on April 30, 2012. Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng is in the US embassy in Beijing but is not seeking asylum, fellow dissident Hu Jia said raising the spectre of a drawn-out China-US diplomatic standoff.
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Can the case of one individual alter the US- China relationship? David Lampton from Johns Hopkins updates us on the escape of Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident who is reportedly in US custody. The struggle for space- why charter schools in California are sharing campuses with traditional schools- Alex MacInnis reports. Sanden Totten profiles the California physicist behind the wildly popular videogame, Angry Birds in Space. And, tired of your same old dinner dishes? Try a medieval dish! Author Anne Willan joins the show to talk about her new book, "The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook."