China and the Olympics


Rob Gifford NPR Beijing Correspondent

Susan Brownell Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri Author, Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic (University of Chicago Press, 1995)

Susan Brownell Official Spokesperson, IOC in North America Former, Professor of Olympic Games History, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Harry Wu Executive Director of the Lah-o-gHAi Research Foundation (Chinese human rights organization) Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

China want to host the Olympics 2008. The International Olympics Committee meets (IOC) next week to decide on China's bid. Opponents of human rights policy say China bid should be rejected. Supporters say a Beijing Olympics is just the sort of event to open up political space in China. Should China's politics keep it from hosting the world's premier sporting event. Join guest host Lynn Neary for a look at the controversy about China bid for the 2008 Olympics.



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