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Published on: February 9, 2016
Episode 104: China’s Stall and the Reagan Enigma

 Relevant Reading:

The Great Stall
Martin Wolf

Reagan as History
Kiron K. Skinner

Good evening, listeners! We’ve got a great episode for you this week, as our host Richard Aldous welcomes Martin Wolf onto the program to discuss China’s “Great Stall,” before speaking with Kiron K. Skinner about the challenges of chronicling the life of Ronald Reagan.

First, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times Martin Wolf takes stock of the current state of the Chinese economy, and looks ahead to whether China can maintain the extraordinary growth rates it has put up since the late 1970s—and how things might go seriously wrong for Beijing. Don’t miss this expert analysis.

Then, Kiron K. Skinner, the director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, discusses her review of H.W. Fields’ new biography of President Ronald Reagan, entitled Reagan: The Life. She explains why Ronald Reagan has historically been difficult to write about, and why Fields’ recent attempt—while important—is incomplete, a trait it shares with every other biography of the enigmatic former president.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes where you can also leave a review, and follow our host Richard Aldous @RJAldous, Martin Wolf @martinwolf_, and Kiron Skinner @KironSkinner on Twitter.

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