China, the USA and Chile

Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers from around the world - presented by Pascale Harter. In this edition:

Betting on success - but for how long?

The unprecedented economic boom in China has been accompanied by a building boom, too. All around its cities, whole new suburbs and gleaming new skyscrapers spring up. But even the flashiest town can be brought back down to earth with a bump when economic growth starts to falter.

Justin Rowlatt, visiting Las Vegas, asks whether its recent fortunes have any lessons for China - and wonders how long China's own winning streak might hold.

Forget the palms - think pines and penguins

It's a fair bet that Daniel Defoe got inspiration for his novel 'Robinson Crusoe' from the real-life tale of castaway Alexander Selkirk. This 18th century Scottish sailor really did spend four years, marooned, alone, on a tiny island. But it was in the south Pacific, a world away from the Caribbean of Defoe’s book.

The 'true' site is now called Robinson Crusoe Island, and Gideon Long - based in Chile - travelled 700 kilometres westward out to sea, to measure fact against fiction.

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Fri 28 Sep 2012 03:50 GMT

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