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.

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July 23, 2021 55 min

Following up on the previous conversation about mushrooms, John has dug up more info on the fungi. As it turns out a study of mice given a serious number of mushrooms helped them to alleviate depression. If that's not enough, another study in Singapore shows great promise in offsetting memory MCI (mild cognitive impairment) when 600 Chinese seniors ate copious amounts of various mushrooms and finally, John shares the story of t...

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It's been unseasonably rainy in Beijing and BeiBei has an unintentional mini-science experiment growing on her back porch-as a broom is becoming a terrarium of sorts. Comparing weather notes, John shares that mushrooms are sprouting in his yard from the soggy soil. BeiBei says that she and her daughter did a mushroom growing project at home, and that brings them to some of the severe weather experiences they've had. BeiBei ...

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July 21, 2021 55 min

Millions of people around the world, have been tuning in to TED Talks for well over a decade and BeiBei has taken notes on one in particular from David Brooks of the New York Times titled "The Lies Our Culture Tells Us About What Matters." The discussion is of the highest order, as BeiBei shares some of the main points from Mr. Brooks, and John weighs in on from his perspective as one who's given two TED Talks, and the ...

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July 20, 2021 55 min

Mindfulness and meditation are the themes that run through the show, when Super Producer Cimcie checks in from LA. From apps, to mountain escapes to guided meditation, how do we find peace among the chaos of the world? BeiBei talks about how she keeps her mind calm at the end of the day, and John keeps things moving along some of his own insights to keeping his "bubble in the middle" on the level of life.

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July 19, 2021 55 min

They're the most popular episodes on The Bridge: the weekly songfest that drops the needle on the universal language, music. Heyang starts the show with a powerful song by Tan Weiwe that focuses on domestic violence called "Xiao Juan" from 2020. In a major switching of gears, John loads up "Running Down A Dream" from the late, great Tom Petty. From there you'll hear music and more from Linkin Park, Blue Swed...

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July 18, 2021 55 min

John & Liu Yan start the show discussing the impact that The Bridge has had on each of them, as the program has amassed over 300 episodes. John shares some thoughts on the experiences he's had around Chinese medicine when his daughter was young. The rest of the show includes music from Peter Gabriel, stories from The Good News Network and some literary commentary about writing books and the responsibility of sharing informa...

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July 17, 2021 55 min

John's just back from a few days off, and shares his thoughts about "bugging out" to the Northwoods, and how it's the best way for him to recharge his batteries. Liu Yan uses tennis to settle himself when he needs a break, and Cimcie also uses nature to reconnect, and then shares the news that her sister Ashlee, just finished up post-production work on the CBS show "Celebrity Renovation" and the conversation...

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July 16, 2021 55 min

The human brain is the most powerful computer we have at our disposal, but most of us don't use but a small portion of the potential this incredible organ contains. BeiBei has been watching a TEDx talk from Dr. Daniel Amen, who has much to say about how the brain works, and things that we can do to enhance its efficiency. John shares some of his thoughts regarding his concerns about damage done to the brain from sports, and he ...

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BeiBei is all about finding ways to create a fulfilling life, and shares her thoughts about the nature vs. nurture concept, that the formative years contribute greatly to our long-term wellbeing. John has the long view as a parent, and adds his thoughts about how his children made their way through life, to which BeiBei shares about some of her experiences with her daughter and other children she knows, and how challenging it is to...

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July 14, 2021 55 min

With cicadas providing the background sound effects from BeiBei's back yard, the discussion is about the ups and downs of creating a garden, and how John has stewardship over his little plot of land. Shifting gears, there's commentary on the impact of books on kids, as BeiBei shares her thoughts as a mom. Finally, the deeper subject of how difficult it is for humans to discern reality-from produced reality.

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July 13, 2021 55 min

Super Producer Cimcie shows up with a message for BeiBei-that they are officially "Elder Millennials." The conversation covers the gamut of generational labels, which puts John in the "Baby Boomer" bracket, and how we all have been put into boxes and files only adding to the distance between people. Finally, Cimcie shares about a pair of shoes she's bought, made totally from recycled plastic, taking the show in ...

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July 12, 2021 55 min

Time for the weekly songfest as Heyang introduces music from Jam Hsiao, Alex Parks, Travis and James Blunt. John drops the needle on The Beach Boys, Gladys Knight & The Pips and country supergroup Alabama. Bringing the world together, one song at a time... on The Bridge.

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This is one of those episodes of The Bridge that have John & Liu Yan talking about anything and everything that comes to mind. From John sharing how he feels being the "hub" of the wheel, with Liu Yan, BeiBei, Heyang and Cimcie the "spokes" of the radio wheel, to the concept of "The Gaper's Block" which is a traffic phenomenon when it comes to car accidents, a metaphor that Liu Yan understands as it ...

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Liu Yan is back after a couple of weeks off, and it's a serious conversation right out of the starting gate about the challenge of dying with dignity, as John shares the story of a friend of his that chose to die on her own terms after a diagnosis of cancer with no chance of recovery. Shifting gears, KT Tunstall is the topic of conversation, as John recalls his off air "tech-check" conversation before her guest appearan...

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July 9, 2021 55 min

BeiBei talks about how she sleeps under a mosquito net, and had to do battle with a pesky blood sucker very early in the morning. John shares a few thoughts about how his dad used to use gasoline to wipe them out back in the day, and how his summer nemesis has been the horsefly. As the conversation continues, BeiBei admits she was in a bikini photo shoot in Thailand for a magazine, much to John's amazement. As it turns out, Bei...

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July 8, 2021 55 min

Internationally known ocean educator and photographer Annie Crawely stops by to share her latest underwater musings with John & BeiBei, including giant manta rays, swimming in a school of hammerhead sharks and a dog that can smell orca scat for a mile, which helps researchers gather more information on an endangered orca pod. BeiBei shares the journey of a man who has collected garbage for years and turns into highly sought-aft...

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John's taken a few days off and is just back from the Northwoods of Wisconsin, BeiBei is curious about his mini-vacay experience, so John shares his thoughts about going off the grid for a few days, the magical moments of the forest lit up by fireflies and how his vacations as a boy shaped his love for the All-American Road Trip. BeiBei shares her side of taking time off, and both agree that a little R&R is vitally importan...

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July 6, 2021 55 min

Super Producer Cimcie is back on board The Bridge and it's a bit of a free-for-all. BeiBei introduces the team to the story of "The Monkey King" then Cimcie starts bringing in headlines that might have been missed, including an asteroid that was on its way to Earth and was worth more than a quadrillion bucks, and how her dad signed up for a one-way ticket to Mars, which prompts conversation around Jeff Bezos and Elon Mu...

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July 5, 2021 55 min

KT Tunstall first gained attention with a 2004 live solo performance of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" on Later with Jools Holland.
The name of her debut album, Eye to the Telescope was inspired by her childhood experiences at her father's physics laboratory at University of St. Andrews. Released in 2004, this album launched her music career. That album inspired her nomination for the Mercury Prize in 2005, B...

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John starts the show sharing his amazement that he's doing a radio show on the 4th of July with BeiBei in Beijing, something he couldn't have possibly imagined when he was staring at the Tall Ships off of Navy Pier during the American Bicentennial in 1976. BeiBei brings up the fact that while Chinese history is thousands of years old, China as a nation state, is only 70 years old. Once again, John revisits history a bit, an...

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