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Wanted by China

Samuel Chu is a U.S. citizen protesting China’s crackdown on Hong Kong. And now, there’s a warrant for his arrest.

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Episode Notes

One day last month, Samuel Chu woke up to the news that the Chinese government wanted him in jail. Chu doesn’t think he’s in danger – he’s a U.S. citizen, living in Los Angeles. So how did he wind up on the wrong side of Chinese authorities? Simple: He’s lobbying Congress to support democracy in Hong Kong.

Guest: Samuel Chu, founder of the Hong Kong Democracy Council.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Danielle Hewitt, with help from Daniel Avis.

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.