1. Klaus Bardenhagen – “Nobody is waiting for stories from Taiwan.”

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    The Conversation:

    Klaus Bardenhagen is a German freelance journalist living in Taiwan.  Klaus discusses the Taiwan foreign journalist scholarship, working as a foreign freelance journalist, the German media, German interest in China, and Taiwanese reception to foreign journalists.

    http://www.taiwanreporter.com/

    Questions:

    Why is it difficult to find programs or editors for stories from Taiwan?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/KlausBardenhagen0171.mp3|titles=KlausBardenhagen0171]

    Is most of your work done in German or do you also do English reports as well?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/KlausBardenhagen0172.mp3|titles=KlausBardenhagen0172]

    How has it been for you making professional Taiwanese connections here?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/KlausBardenhagen0173.mp3|titles=KlausBardenhagen0173]

    Vocabulary: scholarship journalist freelance stumbled consulate correspondent entail stipend presidential elections journalistic voting station booth ceremony inauguration discontinued media audience public foreign affairs convince angle probable region dissidents human rights noteworthy ideal proposition security connections barrier

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  2. Chris Leroux – “The idea from the beginning..was to do something selfless.”

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    The Conversation:

    Chris and his wife Natasha co-founded Bark! Taiwan, an animal welfare organization.  Chris discusses the vision behind Bark!, the changes it has gone through, Catch Neuter and Release (CNR),  what he learned from the organization, and the status and future of Bark!.

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    How has the vision changed over the last five years?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/chrisleroux0161.mp3|titles=chrisleroux0161]

    What is the status of Bark! ? Do you think it will continue after you are gone?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/chrisleroux0163.mp3|titles=chrisleroux0163]

    If you could go back five years would you do it again?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/chrisleroux0164.mp3|titles=chrisleroux0164]

    Vocabulary: operation original vision rescued bunch paycheckfinancially feasible dent bummed outneutered potential multiple facets fund-raising level revenue aggressive mission pool resources response following co-founders causes involvement participate animal welfare collaborate policies challenges issues law enforcement cultural analogy operate leaky tap adoption rate pure-bred exponentially shelters choking expenses refuse responsibility installations enclosures roof cram feces ongoing battle minimal approach revamped CNR umbrella tackle pack demographical population stabilizes decrease reactive proactive root reducing firm litter birth strictly support criteria fending grace period non-profit organization veterinarians language barrier private similar generous involved channel magnetize stray overpopulation legislation procedures abuse neglect agencies enforce act breeding law political landmark discouraging conclusion finances sponsors vehicle backward rapport collaboration handicapped established equipment cages legacy ideal selfish outcome drastically

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  3. Graham Dart – “There’s never enough time in a day to get everything done that needs to get done.”

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    The Conversation:

    Graham Dart is co-owner of the Brickyard. Graham and I sat down to talk business; the challenges of running a bar, the importance of staff, marketing and advertising through Facebook, and the difference between Taiwanese and foreigner customers.

    Questions:

    How do you and your partner delegate tasks?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Graham0151.mp3|titles=Graham Dart]

    Has Facebook been an important tool for marketing and advertising?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Graham0152.mp3|titles=Graham Dart]

    Has Facebook also played a role in attracting bands and DJs?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Graham0153.mp3|titles=Graham Dart]

    Vocabulary: prioritize checklist tasks delegate staff booking adequately basis operations advertisingmarketing promotions skill-sets issue location tagging resource role ton event capture popular continuously database bounce rate

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