In our broadcast this week, we showed how some Chinese drivers are opting for knockoff electric cars that are non-polluting and cheap -- but the electricity that these vehicles use is generated by coal, which increases air pollution and greenhouse gases. We take a deeper look at China's battle against air pollution, courtesy of the Asia Society's China Green multimedia project.
Edward Lincoln, Director of the Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies at New York University, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the economic fallout for Toyota as it grapples with recent recalls. He estimates they may cost Toyota one billion dollars. Lincoln says the company can probably weather the crisis -- but not without damage to its reputation.
In North Korea, radio signals are jammed, internet connections blocked and cell phones monitored. Outside news organizations pay underground stringers to smuggle news out. Read how U.S. newspapers treat this info, and see our list of North Korean news websites.
According to the World Health Organization, while cigarette consumption is declining in some countries, the number of smokers worldwide is on the upswing. Those smokers also consume more cigarettes than ever. Explore our maps of smoking rates around the globe.
Worldfocus producer Gizem Yarbil writes about an Oscar-nominated documentary which follows the undercover reporters of Burma who put their lives at risk to defy government censorship.
Toyota admits that some Prius models -- considered by many to be the pride of the company's fleet -- may have faulty brakes. The announcement comes one week after it suspended the production and sale of 8 other models because of a sticky gas pedal problem. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation is widening its investigation. Divya Gopalan of Al Jazeera English has more.
In China, we meet a modern-day Thomas Edison who helped give birth to the country's "knockoff" electric car industry. Chinese consumers in second-tier cities can't get enough of these small, cheap electric cars that require 6 hours of charging to go 75 miles -- at a maximum of 35 mph. Video journalist Jimmy Wang produced the video for TIME and the Asia Society.
The automobile industry, hard hit by the recession, is facing a fundamental shift in direction. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Vijay Vaitheeswaran, a correspondent for The Economist and the co-author of "Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future," about what he calls the coming "end of the age of oil."
On Saturday, a huge rally took place in Tokyo at which many called for an end to the American military presence in Okinawa. U.S. diplomats are working to preserve an agreement that would allow the troops to remain by moving them to a less populated part of the island. Tom Metcalf of Al Jazeera English reports, and Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Weston Konishi.
Over the past few weeks, Vietnamese courts have convicted several dissidents of subversion, sentencing them to prison terms of up to 16 years. For more insight into what's happening, Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the political situation in Vietnam.