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This edition: Falling Firewall of China

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 9, 2014.

First aired: October 15, 2014.

First, despite Beijing's censors, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong speak their own language on Twitter that deceives government suppression. Does this mean that the days of China's control of expression in media is waning? Joining us to discuss, Perry Link, emeritus professor of East Asian studies at Princeton University and author of "Restless China."

Then, in our public intellectual segment, a new study shows that governments are falling behind when it comes to using social media for messaging during crises. Our guest researched Twitter data from the U.S. and South Korea in the 24 hours following the 2013 North Korea nuclear attack as a sample. So how does information flow? To discuss, lead author Kyujin Jung, a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas.

Next, last summer the city devoted more than $600,000 to the "war on rats." This came with the statistic that there are twice as many rats as New Yorkers. But is that so? Our guest, Jonathan Lyle Auerbach says not so. He won the Young Statisticians Writing Competition of 2014 for using city open data to recount the rats.

Then, in our new series "Bottom Line Politics," Greg David, columnist for Crain's New York addresses Mayor de Blasio's goal of building 200,000 new units of affordable housing.

And finally, Archtober, a month long celebration of New York City's architecture in images. To take us on the tour, Cynthia Kracauer, the managing director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter.

Guest List

Jonathan Lyle Auerbach PhD Candidate, Statistics, Columbia University

Greg David Director of Business and Economics Reporting, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Kyujin Jung PhD Candidate, University of North Texas

Cynthia Kracauer Managing Director, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter

Perry Link Emeritus Professor of East Asian Studies; Author, Princeton University; “Restless China”

Dr. Han Woo Park Professor, Media & Communication, YeungNam University