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Fallows to Discuss Book on China’s Aerospace Industry

Journalist and author James Fallows is coming to Louisville this week to discuss his new book, China Airborne.

In the book, Fallows explores the growth of the Chinese aerospace industry, and its role in helping the country develop and modernize other areas of its economy.

He says in many ways the growth is comparable to the building of America’s transcontinental railroad in the 19th century.

“We’re talking about an infrastructure boom that’s unlike anything the U.S. has seen in quite a long while. For example, in the entire continental U.S., there are a couple of airports being built now. In China, there are more than 100 that are now under construction,” Fallows told WFPL.

Fallows says China is in the midst of a $250 billion plan to jump start its aerospace industry. His book also explores how that investment will affect the U.S. and the rest of the world.

He’ll be at the main Louisville Free Public Library Wednesday at 7:00pm.

Listen to the complete interview with James Fallows:

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Primary Election Preview; Spate of Shootings; Sustainable Energy: Today on Byline

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1:06: We preview Tuesday’s primary election in Kentucky, with WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey, KPR’s Kenny Colston, and Joe Sonka from LEO Weekly.

1:20: WFPL’s Devin Katayama and Phillip M. Bailey covered yesterday’s shootings in West Louisville. They join us to talk about what is known and what remains unknown about the incidents, and what’s been said in the flurry of press conferences in the shootings’ wake.  In other Metro Area news, we discuss the proposed merger of MSD and the Louisville Water Company, the latest with the landmarks dispute, and review the Barbara Shanklin flap this week.

1:35: The Atlantic’s James Fallows talks about his new book, China Airborne, in which he looks at the possible future of China’s aerospace industry.

1:40: WFPL’s Erica Peterson talks to former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, Sue Tierney, about “sustainable energy,” and what it means.

1:50: WFPL’s Erin Keane joins us with the week’s art news, including the Flyover Film Festival lineup and what’s going on in town this weekend.

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Cleaner Coal Could Be Future of Energy, Says Renowned Journalist

Journalist James Fallows is in Louisville today to speak at the Kentucky Chamber’s annual meeting. Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a former editor of U.S. News and World Report, and delivered a speech based on a recent article on the future of coal.


Last December, The Atlantic ran Fallow’s piece “Dirty Coal, Clean Future,” based on research he observed while on assignment in China. In the piece, Fallows argues that coal is such a significant source of the world’s energy, that it won’t be going away anytime soon.

Instead, he says the world should focus on developing cleaner ways to use coal.

“I know that the arguments here can become very polarized whether you’re either for coal or you’re against coal and there’s a war on coal and whatever,” he said in an interview. “I really wish that on that issue we could move beyond that rhetoric. Coal will be an important part of America’s energy mix and the world’s, so we should use it better.”

He tries not to use the term “clean coal,” which is controversial. But he says coal can and should be made cleaner.

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Noted Writer to Deliver Coal-Related Keynote at Chamber Meeting

National correspondent for The Atlantic James Fallows is in Louisville this week. As WFPL’s Erica Peterson reports, Fallows is a keynote speaker at the Kentucky Chamber’s annual meeting.

Fallows will deliver a speech based on his recent article “Dirty Coal, Clean Future.” The story, which was published in December, examines the future of coal in the United States. Fallows argues that coal will be necessary as a fuel for years, but the country needs to work more diligently to research ways it can be mined and used more cleanly. He cites China as an example—that country is experimenting with underground coal gasification. In this process, air and chemicals are injected into coal seams, effectively vaporizing the fuel, which can then be harvested as a gas.

Fallow’s address is tomorrow. Legendary journalist Bob Woodward is also a keynote speaker.