The Bridge

The Bridge

Welcome to THE BRIDGE, the radio show that closes the gap between people of the world, one episode at a time. This historic program connects East and West, and has as its goal, the building of cultural ties between the United States and China. The Bridge goes beyond the headlines to the lifelines, with conversation that informs, entertains and inspires listeners to a greater awareness of the common connections shared between our two cultures.... Show More

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February 25, 2021 55 min

When the first ten minutes of the show is about stationary in all its various forms and designs, you know it's going to be an interesting episode. From there the conversation goes to the things of life that makes us happy. John shares his most recent purchase for his studio collection, a full-size replica mask from the horror classic "Creature from the Black Lagoon." Heyang shares about the Chinese version of horror sto...

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February 24, 2021 55 min

It was supposed to be a serious show about debt, but it quickly turns into a discussion on how the media influences our choices. John shares his thoughts about a recent ad at the Super Bowl, that featured Bruce Springsteen, in an attempt to "reunite" America, while driving his Jeep, but the 2-minute spot, backfired big time on many levels. Then they discuss the business side of radio, the pros and cons of teeth whitening an...

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February 23, 2021 55 min

It's party time! BeiBei has been waiting months to ask Cimcie and John about the American tradition of "partying." Cimce shares her thoughts-that are more in the direction of dancing the night away, John is an old school guy, worked as a bouncer for a few years, and did his share of time at the door of a saloon, as well as sipping a few beverages in his time. Matter of fact, John and Pope Francis have something in commo...

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February 22, 2021 55 min

Don Wilson and Bob Bogle first met in 1958, when Bogle was looking to buy a car from a used car dealership in Seattle owned by Wilson's father. Finding a common interest in guitars, the two decided to play together, while Wilson joined Bogle performing masonry work. They bought two used guitars in a pawn shop for about $10 each. Their goal was to make extra money by playing at weddings, but instead they became the foundation of...

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February 21, 2021 55 min

BeBei starts the show with a cryptic question for John, asking if he's ready to meet a new woman, and after a little back and forth BeiBei introduces Li Ziqi, a Chinese vlogger, entrepreneur, and internet celebrity. She is known for creating food and handicrafts, preparation videos in her hometown in rural Sichuan, China, often from basic ingredients and tools using traditional Chinese techniques. She was orphaned at a very you...

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February 20, 2021 55 min

Annie Crawley is an internationally known, award-winning producer, underwater photographer, author, and motivational speaker. "Ocean Annie" joins John and BeiBei to discuss her commitment to educating people all over the world, so they become more connected to the blue planet we call home. Incredibly, John and Annie went to the same high school in Chicago and BeiBei shares her fears about the underwater world that came from...

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February 19, 2021 55 min

BeiBei insisted that Gregg Fraley make an immediate return visit to The Bridge, as she ran out of time in the previous episode. The conversation continues, as the three take a much closer look at how creative problem solving can be a major force for change in the world. They apply various remedies to everything from student loans to the major gap in careers related to structural engineering to the latest news that the USA is now ra...

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February 18, 2021 55 min

John and BeiBei welcome best-selling author and internationally known creative consultant Gregg Fraley to the show. John met Gregg when they both spoke at TEDxNASA in 2009, and have stayed in touch over the years. BeiBei is ready with a slew of questions for Gregg, digging deep for what sparks creativity, how can it be applied and how anyone from the regular person on the street to a major corporation, can benefit from creativity, ...

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February 17, 2021 55 min

The pandemic has forced some serious changes on the worldwide human population. In this episode BeiBei and John begin by discussing how some businesses and individuals have learned new survival skills as a result of Cyrus The Virus. The conversation then goes to what steps might be taken by anyone who is looking to make a change in their life career-wise, and how each generation has its own challenges, that are often opportunities ...

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February 16, 2021 55 min

Super Producer Cimcie makes her weekly appearance on The Bridge. It's a wide-ranging conversation that starts out with some of the foods enjoyed during the Chinese New Year, to John's admission of his difficulty in dealing with the loss of more friends in the past year, than in any other year of his life, and BeiBei offers some insight into making micro-adjustments in order to stay centered. John also shares his experience ...

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February 15, 2021 55 min

As a kick-off to the Spring Celebration in China, Heyang offers a powerful piece entitled "Prelude to Spring" performed by the Beijing Symphony Orchestra as well as music from George Benson and Whitney Houston. John offers up songs from Frank Sinatra, from George Benson (a double play)  and the full-length version of "American Pie" by Don McLean. Finally, Heyang closes the show with a "feel good" song-that c...

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February 14, 2021 55 min

The announcement on Super Bowl Sunday that 35 new EV (electric vehicles) will be hitting the market in the next year sparks a conversation around the effectiveness of this emerging technology. BeiBei shares her thoughts as China has been using EVs for years, and they both discuss the challenge of switching over from an old power sources like oil, to the newer concepts of solar, wind, electric and alternative fuels. Included is anot...

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February 13, 2021 55 min

Originally from Xian, China, Linda Yu moved to Hong Kong with her family at the age of three, later migrating to the United States in 1951. Upon arriving in the States, Linda only spoke only Mandarin; knowing just two words of English ("hello" and "thank you"). Her family finally settled in California when she was 12, and Yu graduated from the University of Southern California, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in j...

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February 12, 2021 55 min

Kiran Maharaj is the past President of the Trinidad & Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA), having served three consecutive terms formerly as President. She is also the Managing Director of Caribbean Lifestyle Communications Media Network which is comprised of four radio stations and two production companies. Kiran shares her incredible journey with John & Heyang, from working a summer job that led her to ...

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February 11, 2021 55 min

It's the official start of Chinese New Year and Heyang shares her thoughts on the biggest celebration in China. John tosses a few questions to Heyang regarding traditions and customs and she explains how important the Spring Celebration is.

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February 10, 2021 55 min

At one time Vera Lopez was a successful banking professional but one trip to Peru changed her life dramatically. She joins BeiBei and John to share some of her insights, the "Law of Reciprocity" and how important it is to shut out the noise, so we can pay more attention to our lives. Vera is the co-author of the book "Shamanic Mysteries of Peru."

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February 9, 2021 55 min

It's Tuesday, and Super Producer Cimcie makes her weekly appearance, bringing Valentine's Day greetings. BeiBei shares the Chinese story about their version of Valentine's Day, and then John shares a memory from 2014, when he was substitute teacher for 2nd graders, the day just before Valentine's Day. Predictably the subject of food comes up and discussion on what a romantic Valentine's Day meal would include.

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February 8, 2021 55 min

One of the most successful songwriters and composers of the last 25 years, Steve Dorff has penned over 20 Top 10 hits for pop and country artists around the world, including Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, George Strait,  Ringo Starr, and Garth Brooks. Steve shares his favorite memories with John & Heyang, and the show features songs performed by Anne Murray, Eddie Rabbitt, Vanessa Williams and Kenny Rogers. 

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Writer, poet and author of the new release "Dear 3 a.m." Lieselle Davidson has been a writer and editor for the online publication Elephant Journal and has facilitated workshops on meditation, finding and fulfilling life purpose, and enhancing and applying inherent intuition. Lieselle has a life-long penchant for prose and a deep-seated desire to see people fulfill their creative potential and heart's desires. She joins...

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February 6, 2021 55 min

Kickstarting the show, BeiBei talks about how the monkey is her "companion animal" and John responds with how his "totem beast" is the rhino. The conversation then steers towards conservation efforts to save the northern white rhino, of which there are only two females left in the world. BeiBei shares about her journey to South Africa, and the powerful impact the trip made on her. John adds his own experience of bei...

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