About this episode

November 22, 2017

Evan Osnos

Hosted by Douglas Blackmon

Today, China has joined—and, by some reckonings, surpassed—the United States as a superpower. Yet even as the two titans wrestle with whether to collaborate or compete for supremacy, a shared threat is forcing cooperation: nuclear-armed North Korea. Tensions between the United States and North Korea have devolved steadily into coarse insults between the nation’s two leaders. And China faces the possibility of a major upheaval on its border. So how big is the risk of North Korea? How does the US-China relationship affect that risk? And what does a world with two superpowers competing look like 26 years after the end of the Cold War? Joining us this week is EVAN OSNOS, a staff writer for the New Yorker and author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, which won the National Book Award. A few weeks ago, he spent four days in North Korea, detailing his on-the-ground observations in the expansive New Yorker piece “The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea.”


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