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A Green Spotlight on the Olympic Games

Andrew Smeall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Smeall

Unlike many of the issues seeking political spotlight at the Games, greenhouse gases do not recognize national borders.

Bryant May Steal Yao's China Spotlight

Meghan Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Meghan Peters

Naturally I assumed China would be rooting for him during the Games. But I've met several Chinese people here who are backing the U.S. basketball team hands down.

Is the IOC Helping Beijing Hide Its Pollution?

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alex Pasternack

When I was out on the pale white moonscape of the Olympic green on Monday, my throat had the particular tickle of particulates. It wasn't just the intense heat -- and I wasn't even running the 10,000 meter.

Sponsoring the Olympics Is Bad for Business

Sophie Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sophie Richardson

The 12 biggest Olympics sponsors may soon learn that government-fanned waves of nationalism are bad for business. The sponsors are only shooting themselves in the foot -- and paying to do so!

My Conversation with Bob Woodruff

Charlie Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charlie Rose

2008-08-06-woodruffrose.jpgI spoke with Woodruff on the new documentary China Inside Out airing tonight on ABC.

Taxi Cab Confessions: Why Beijing Drivers Don't Speak English

LiLi Tan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
LiLi Tan

Though I told every one of my drivers that he or she could practice their English with me, only one took advantage. "Light turn! Leff turn! Stop!" one driver exclaimed.

Beijing's Air Is Fine, Outside Of Pollution, Pollen, Heat And Humidity

New York Times | Gina Kolata | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

And it is hard to dismiss the cautionary tales. Tom Fleming, who won the New York Marathon in 1973 and 1975, is an experienced runner and coach. He wa...

My Beijing 2008: Arrival in the Host City

Andy Miah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Miah

At each of the five Games I've attended, I've found myself beguiled by trying to work out what it all means for the host nation. For China, it's a slightly different story.

US Olympic Cyclists Fly Into China Wearing Face Masks

Reuters | Doug Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

BEIJING - Some members of the U.S. cycling squad arrived for the Olympic Games on Tuesday wearing black respiratory masks, apparently concerned over r...

Beijing's Olympic Pollution Forecast: Hot Air

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alex Pasternack

For an idea of what kind of air athletes and spectators can expect during the Olympics -- and what Beijingers can expect for some time to come -- the past week has offered telling indications.

The Eight DO Asks: Dubious Questions Beijingers May Well Pose to Olympic Tourists

LiLi Tan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
LiLi Tan

Here are eight questions Chinese locals have asked me, which I believe should actually concern the government.

Your Guide To Swimming At The 2008 Beijing Olympics

Telegraph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

At the first modern Olympics in 1896, events were held in the Bay of Zhea, off Piraeus. The early Olympic events included a 200m obstacle race, in whi...

The Beijing Olympics and Chinese Women

Hongmei Li | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Hongmei Li

The contradictions in the way Chinese women are portrayed for the Olympics symbolizes the confusion and complexities of what Chinese femininity means in a globalizing world.

Beijing Haze Bearable -- Even for Joggers

Meghan Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Meghan Peters

I set out on a light run Saturday morning. I jogged for about 40 minutes straight and had no problems at all. There was no shortness of breath or wheezing. On Sunday my throat was sore.

No Blacks, Mongolians Allowed At Beijing Bars: Report

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Hong Kong's English newspaper The South China Morning Post reported Friday that Chinese authorities have issued a secret ban on blacks, Mongolians and...

"Today" Show Moves To Beijing, Will Report On Darfur, Human Rights

Huffington Post | David Flumenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Monday morning, the Today show begins broadcasting from Beijing where NBC's morning show will be for the duration of the Olympic Games. Matt Lauer i...

Shanghai Shows Olympic Excitement

Meghan Peters | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meghan Peters

Despite being nearly as far from Beijing as San Francisco is from Seattle, Shanghai had the same "Beijing 2008" signs that are scattered throughout China's capital.

Beijing Builds Walls In Front Of "Unsightly" Businesses, Homes

New York Times | Jake Hooker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BEIJING -- Tourists leaving the west gate of the Temple of Heaven next month will probably not notice Song Wei's home across the street. Nor are spect...

Navigating the Olympics, One Character at a Time

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

The ChinesePod Olympics website includes interactive maps to allow users to search venue and national names in English, Chinese, and pinyin Romanization and match venues with the games scheduled there.

In Last Ditch Effort for Clean Olympic Air, Beijing May Ban 90 Percent of Cars

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alex Pasternack

Beijing is inside a "bowl" formed by mountains to the north that help to trap pollution over the city. And because athletes will be ingesting more air than an average person, the hazard for them is even greater.

Beijing Says Traffic Measures Cut Emissions By 20%

Xinhua | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

An official at the capital's environmental regulator has shrugged off the notion of wearing masks in Beijing for fear of poor air quality, saying mask...

Beijing's Eiffel Tower, Of Sorts

McClatchy | Tim Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

London has Big Ben, Paris has the Eiffel Tower , San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge and now Beijing has an iconic structure that's likely to ide...

Homestay Away from Home

Meghan Peters | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meghan Peters

Nearly 600 Beijingers will open their homes to overseas visitors as part of an Olympic homestay program established by the city's tourism administration.

The Triumph of the Normal: Overwhelming Olympic Imagery Swamps Dissonant Voices

Monroe Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Monroe Price

A bonanza of advertising narratives, hardly critical of China, are now about to appear globally -- including ads illustrating how Coca Cola connects China benevolently to other cultures by using the Olympics as a bridge.

Why Can't the Chinese Authorities Allow a Little Space for Protests During the Olympics?

Susan Brownell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Brownell

At the Beijing Olympics, will activists attempt to carry out public protests and demonstrations, and how will the Chinese authorities react if they do?