"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”
The Beijing Summer Games begin Friday. Diane and a panel of experts discuss what the Chinese government hopes gain from hosting one of sports biggest spectacles.
- Minxin Pei professor of government, Claremont McKenna College; adjunct senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
- Melinda Liu Newsweek Beijing Bureau Chief.
- John Hoberman Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He's the author of the July/August Foreign Policy article "Think Again: The Olympics"
- Philip Pan Foreign correspondent and former Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post. He is the author of the recently released Out of 'Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China.'
- Jeffrey A. Bader director of the John L. Thornton China Center, and senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution; former director for Asian Affairs and the National Security Council and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs
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