Frank Langfitt http://wuwm.com en Rare Panda Triplets Born At South China Wildlife Park http://wuwm.com/post/rare-panda-triplets-born-south-china-wildlife-park <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Rare+Panda+Triplets+Born+At+South+China+Wildlife+Park&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This is the introduction of a news report, in which part of our job is to interest you in the story that follows. In this case, we've got one word for you - pandas.<p>DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Better yet, two words - panda triplets. Weeks after birth, they are still alive. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:44:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 38224 at http://wuwm.com Autobot$ Rule: Why Transformers 4 Is China's Box Office Champ http://wuwm.com/post/china-transformers-capture-box-office-record This summer, <em>Age of Extinction</em>, the fourth installment in the Transformers series, demolished box office records in China, the world's second-largest film market behind the U.S.<p>Although the movie got poor reviews on both sides of the Pacific, it managed to unseat China's former top-grossing film, <em>Avatar</em>, and haul in more than $300 million. People like Wang Yitao, a 32-year-old Shanghai government worker, are a big reason why.<p>Wang remembers the moment he saw his first Transformers action figure. It was 1990. He was 8-years-old and the toys were on sale at the No. 1. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:26:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 38046 at http://wuwm.com Autobot$ Rule: Why Transformers 4 Is China's Box Office Champ What Happens When A Beijing Man Invites Women Into His Lamborghini? http://wuwm.com/post/what-happens-when-beijing-man-invites-women-his-lamborghini Earlier this summer, a man drove around one of Beijing's nightlife districts trolling for women in an $800,000 Lamborghini convertible. At one point, according to hidden-camera video, he pulled up to a woman wearing a black skirt.<p>"Beautiful woman," he said, "are you alone? Is it convenient to go eat something together?"<p>"OK," answered the woman, who promptly climbed in, no questions asked.<p>"You got in my car. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 37862 at http://wuwm.com What Happens When A Beijing Man Invites Women Into His Lamborghini? China Indicts GlaxoSmithKline Investigators http://wuwm.com/post/china-indicts-glaxosmithkline-investigators Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Prosecutors in Shanghai have charged a British detective and his American wife with illegally buying and selling personal information about Chinese citizens. They were working for a company that was already under scrutiny from China's government. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Last year, someone inside British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline alleged that the company's China office was bribing Chinese doctors and hospitals to use their medicines. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 35956 at http://wuwm.com China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide http://wuwm.com/post/chinas-booming-real-estate-market-finally-begins-slide After years of stunning growth, China's go-go real estate market is now in retreat.<p>Prices fell last month in 79 out of 100 cities, according to the China Real Estate Index run by SouFun Holdings, a real estate website. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 35672 at http://wuwm.com China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again http://wuwm.com/post/beijing-hardship-post-plum-assignment-and-back-again As <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/12/07/143214875/clean-air-a-luxury-in-beijings-pollution-zone">Beijing's notorious air pollution continues to take a toll on people's health</a>, it's also making it much harder for foreign firms to attract staff there these days. Some companies are now offering more money, more vacation and shorter stints to lure people to China's capital. What was once a plum assignment for expatriates is increasingly seen as a hardship post.<p>Ask Micah Truman. He came to Beijing in 1994 and thought he'd never leave. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 34530 at http://wuwm.com Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic http://wuwm.com/post/how-bath-salts-drug-made-china-wreaked-havoc-us There were times a few years back when the emergency room at SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse looked like a scene from a zombie movie. Dr. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 33850 at http://wuwm.com A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic Want Time Off To Watch The World Cup? China Has Just What The Doctor Ordered http://wuwm.com/post/want-time-watch-world-cup-china-has-just-what-doctor-ordered Need time off from work to watch the World Cup? If you're in China, no problem. Online stores there are providing fake doctor's notes — even extensive falsified medical records — to get you days of sick leave so you can enjoy your favorite teams.<p>The service may be particularly appealing, given the time difference with World Cup host Brazil. China is 11 hours ahead of Rio. So if you want to catch opening matches, you have to start watching at midnight, Shanghai time.<p>I'm not a big soccer fan, but I wanted to order my own doctor's note just to see how the process works. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:36:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 33595 at http://wuwm.com Want Time Off To Watch The World Cup? China Has Just What The Doctor Ordered Chinese Soccer Fans Sick Over World Cup Time Difference http://wuwm.com/post/chinese-soccer-fans-sick-over-world-cup-time-difference Need time off from work to watch soccer? If you're in China, problem solved. Online stores can provide fake doctor's notes to get you days of sick leave. In China, the daily openers begin at midnight. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 33565 at http://wuwm.com As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered http://wuwm.com/post/myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered Decades of socialism and military rule kept Myanmar — or Burma, as it was known — poor and isolated.<p>There was one upside, though. The economy was so lousy, there was no drive to demolish the big British colonial buildings in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, and replace them with the glass and steel towers that now define much of the skylines in East Asia.<p>Today, downtown Yangon looks refreshingly different from practically every other sizable city in Southeast Asia. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 32973 at http://wuwm.com As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered