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ROB SCHMITZ is the Shanghai correspondent for National Public Radio and author of Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road (Crown 2016). From 2010 to 2016, Schmitz was the China correspondent for the public radio business program Marketplace. He has reported on a range of topics illustrating China's role in the global economy, including trade, politics, the environment, education, and labor. In 2012, Schmitz exposed fabrications in Mike Daisey's account of Apple's Chinese supply chain on This American Life, and his report headlined that show's much-discussed "Retraction" episode. The work was a finalist for the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. He has won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards and an award from the Education Writers Association for his reporting on China. Schmitz first arrived to the country in 1996 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Sichuan province. His NPR stories can be heard at http://www.npr.org/people/493268904/rob-schmitz His Marketplace stories can be heard at http://www.marketplace.org/people/rob-schmitz . Street of Eternal Happiness (Crown/Random House 2016) is his first book. Follow him on Twitter @Rob_Schmitz.