Preparing Stories for Broadcast

We've spent the past few days in Chengdu, putting together the stories that you're going to hear this coming week. I have to get back to the tape momentarily (actually, it's not tape anymore but wav files!), but I wanted to give you a short preview of the stories we'll be airing Monday.

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Visitors leave flowers at a spot on a hillside overlooking the ruined Beichuan County seat. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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First off, we head to Beichuan County - one of the places worst hit by the earthquake. Anthony Kuhn went there a few days after the quake, traveling by motorcycle and foot to reach the county seat. It's since been fenced off and we could only view it from a spot on a hillside. The aerial view of the destruction is pretty unsettling. Our story this year talks about plans for the new Beichuan county seat, which is being built 15 miles south. A county official tells us of the pressures he's under, saying Beichuan is no longer just Sichuan's Beichuan, it's China's Beichuan, and even the world's Beichuan.

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12 year old Huang Meihua Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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Our second story on Monday is a profile of a remarkable 12 year old from a mountain village in Beichuan, and the challenges she's facing post-earthquake. I'll leave it at that for now. Do tune in if you can, or listen online.



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