Saturday 11 August 2012
Photo above: Mao Tse-tung on the Long March, 1935.
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Saturday 905P Eastern Time: The Accidental Capitalist: A People's Story of the New China by Behzad Yaghmaian; 1 of 2
Saturday 920P Eastern Time: The Accidental Capitalist: A People's Story of the New China by Behzad Yaghmaian; 2 of 2
On 16 October 1934, a force of 130,000 soldiers and civilians under Bo Gu and Li De attacked the line of Kuomintang positions near Yudu. More than 86,000 troops, 11,000 administrative personnel and thousands of civilian porters actually completed the breakout; the remainder, largely wounded or ill soldiers, continued to fight a delaying action after the main force had left, and then dispersed into the countryside. Several prominent members of the Chinese Soviet who remained behind were captured and executed by the Kuomintang after the fall of Ruijin in November 1934, including Qu Qiubai and the youngest brother of Mao Zedong, Mao Zetan.... In February 1935, Mao's wife, He Zizhen, gave birth to a daughter. Given the harsh conditions of the retreat, the infant was left with a local family (Two Europeans retracing the Long March route in 2003 met a woman in rural Yunnan province, said by local officials to be Mao and He Zizhen's long-lost daughter).
Saturday 1005P (705P Pacific): The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor; 1 of 2
Saturday 1020P (720P Pacific): The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor; 2 of 2
Saturday 1105P (805P Pacific): Bowing to Beijing: How Barack Obama is Hastening America's Decline and Ushering A Century of Chinese Domination by Brett M. Decker and William C. Triplett II; 1 of 2
Saturday 1120P (820P Pacific): Bowing to Beijing: How Barack Obama is Hastening America's Decline and Ushering A Century of Chinese Domination by Brett M. Decker and William C. Triplett II; 2 of 2
Deng Xiaoping, Party boss who inherited the ruin of Mao's massacres, 1976. In the summer of 1919, Deng Xiaoping graduated from the Chongqing Preparatory School. He and 80 schoolmates travelled by ship to France (traveling steerage) to participate in the Mouvement Travail-Études, (a work-study program in which 4,001 Chinese would participate by 1927). Deng, the youngest of all the Chinese students in the group, had just turned 15. Wu Yuzhang, local leader of the Mouvement Travail-Études in Chongqing, enrolled Deng and his paternal uncle, Deng Shaosheng, in the program. Deng's father strongly supported his son's participation in the work-study abroad program. The night before his departure, Deng's father took his son aside and asked him what he hoped to learn in France. He repeated the words he had learned from his teachers: "To learn knowledge and truth from the West in order to save China." Deng Xiaoping knew that China was suffering greatly, and that the Chinese people must have a modern education to save their country.[12 After studying French for a year, Deng departed with other Chinese students from Shanghai. On 19 October 1920 they arrived in Marseille, then traveled to Paris by train. He briefly attended middle schools in Bayeux and Châtillon, but he spent most of his time in France working; first at the Le Creusot Iron and Steel plant in central France, then as a fitter in the Renaultfactory in the Paris suburb of Billancourt, a fireman on a locomotive and a kitchenhand. He barely earned enough to survive. Many of these jobs had very harsh and dangerous working conditions, with workers frequently being injured. Deng would later claim that it was here where he got an initial feel for the evils of capitalist society.
Saturday 1135P (835P Pacific): Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China by James Palmer; 1 of 2
Saturday 1150P (850P Pacific): Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China by James Palmer; 2 of 2
Saturday/Sun 1235A (935P Pacific): People's Liberation Army Navy: Combat System Technology, 1949-2010 by James C. Bussert and Bruce A. Elleman; 1 of 2
Saturday/Sun 1250A (950P Pacific): People's Liberation Army Navy: Combat System Technology, 1949-2010 by James C. Bussert and Bruce A. Elleman; 2 of 2
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Music (times from East Coast broadcast)
9-hr: Shaolin; 10-hr: Snow Flower and the Secret Flower; 11-hr: Painted Veil; midnight hr: Avatar.
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Photo below: Tiger Leaping Gorge during the Long March, 1934-35. On November 19, 1935, the Second Red Army set out on its own Long March. He Long's force was driven further west than the First Red Army, all the way to Lijiang inYunnan province, then across the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain massif and through the Tibetan highlands of western Sichuan.