Guest: Frank Langfitt
When FRANK LANGFITT was NPR’s Shanghai correspondent in 2011, he saw a country going through incredible economic change. But knowing how this new China was affecting ordinary people proved difficult – because no one wanted to talk to a reporter. So Langfitt came up with an original idea. He offered free taxi rides around Shanghai in exchange for conversation. While he drove his passengers around the city – and sometimes beyond — they shared their personal lives and struggles, and their views on all kinds of issues – the economy, censorship, corruption, Donald Trump. Langfitt, who is now NPR’s London correspondent, comes in to talk about his new book based on that experience, The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China. We’ll also talk to him about what’s happening with Brexit.