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31 January 2019

Episode 381

30 minutes


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We meet the author of new book called ‘Choked’ that takes a fresh approach to air pollution, look at super typhoons in Hong Kong and sing the praises of the creator of the humble AC unit.

31 January 2019

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Chapter 1

5 minutes


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Chapter 1

US: the polar vortex

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The US is shivering because of a polar vortex – a rush of cold air that pushes temperatures so low that you can get frostbite on exposed skin.

5 minutes

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Chapter 2

11 minutes


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Chapter 2

Air pollution

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We all know that city air is not the healthiest but are we aware of the terrifying impact air pollution has on our bodies? We speak to Beth Gardiner, the author of ‘Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future’. 

11 minutes

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Chapter 3

4 minutes


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Chapter 3

Typhoons

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How do cities deal with storms and hurricanes? Our bureau chief in Hong Kong, James Chambers, tells us how every year the city braces for a typhoon – and why it’s remarkably good at it.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

The AC unit

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There is one particular creation that truly transformed modern city living: the air conditioning unit.

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