The Old GDR
March 30, 2021 Exploring New Europe, #7
I love this part of eastern Germany along the tranquil Neisse river. It was a less than 50-mile ride to the Czech border but the towns of Rothenburg, Gorlitz and Ostritz were charming.
March 30, 2021 Exploring New Europe, #6
Geographically Poland is the biggest land in New Europe. I entered from Kaliningrad and crossed diagonally to the old German Democratic Republic across the Neisse river.
March 30, 2021 Exploring New Europe, #5
Russia’s Kaliningrad district is a fascinating part of northern Europe. It is essentially the biggest chunk of formerly German East Prussia. During my bike journey across Europe, I was a bit scared about Kaliningrad. But it turned out to be just fine and I met several wonderful people.
The November 3 US Presidential Election, Who Will Win?
October 19, 2020 Center for Risk Analysis, Johannesburg, South Africa
Barry discusses the likely outcome with CRA chief executive David Ansara.
Zimbabwe: Africa’s Shame and Opportunity
April 15, 2019
This Cato Institute event in Washington featured Barry, Johns Hopkins professor Steve Hanke, and Liberian analyst Gyude Moor discussing Zimbabw’e financial and economic problems.
Can Commercial Fishing and Residential Development Coexist on Sarasota Bay?
April 10, 2019
The century-old A.P. Bell Fish Company is a treasure, its fleet of vessels, processing plant and restaurant in Cortez, Flordia still run by the family. But residential development is crowding in, leading some to think commercial fishing and development are incompatible.
South Africa: Universities in Turmoil
March 21, 2019
The Rhodes Must Fall movement in 2015 triggered upheaval in South African universities. Stellenbosch, until recently the citadel of Afrikanerdom, has become largely English speaking but further changes are underway, as Barry found out from a week-long visit.
Africa’s Great Hotels
March 19, 2019
The Mount Nelson in Cape Town and the Polana in Maputo are the finest, most venerable old hotels in southern Africa. They were designed by the acclaimed British architect Sir Herbert Baker. Barry recently visited both hotels.
David Rubenstein’s Investing Mistakes
November 18, 2018
Famed investor and philanthropist David Rubenstein in Washington, D.C. tells Barry about the big mistakes he made in not buying Facebook and Amazon when they were first going public.
Wonderful Klaipeda and Curonian Spit
August 9, 2018
Travelers who visit Nida, the fishing and resort village on the Curonian Spit, often go away thinking this can’t be Europe. It’s so remote, so natural and so rustic. One hundred years ago Nida (then called Nidden) was an artists retreat that attracted Freud, Thomas Mann, and before that Richard Wagner. In my journey across Eastern Europe, Klaipeda (Memel) and the Curonian Spit are the places to which I want to return again and again.
Riding to Riga
July 23, 2018
This is the story of an 80-mile ride with a heavily laden Cannondale hybrid from the Latvian border with Estonia to Riga. This ride is part of Barry’s book, Exploring New Europe.
Vojvodina, Northern Serbia that Was Hungary
April 29, 2018
April 28, 2018
After a ten-year absence Belgrade is looking good. The problem is Serbia’s exclusion from the European Union and the corresponding lack of investment and opportunity for the young and skilled.
Tesla in Hong Kong
Tesla cars are exceedingly popular in Hong Kong, with more electric vehicles per capita than anywhere else. This short January 2018 video was done outside of one of four Tesla showrooms Hong Kong.
Central European University, Budapest
Slovakia’s Immense Progress
Positive Results from the IMF
Hamburg’s G20 Summit
Warren Buffett’s First Business
Debt Crisis–Greece and the US
September 21, 2011
“Warren Buffett is wrong, the US could experience a Greek-style debt crisis.” This was the topic of Barry’s September 21st, 2011 talk at the advanced academic program symposium at Johns Hopkins University, School of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC.
Last Major US Bicycle Maker Outsourcing to Asia
April 27, 2009
Bedford, a small town on the Juniata River in southern Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, has been the manufacturing center for the Cannondale Bicycle Company, the biggest remaining producer of bicycles made in the USA. But VOA’s Barry Wood reports from Bedford that a big change is in the works, and it is not a good one.
General Motors, America’s Biggest Car Company, Struggles to Survive
April 6, 2009
Buffeted by the global credit squeeze and the worst recession in 60 years, the world’s car companies in recent months have seen their sales plummet by 40 to 50 percent. VOA’s Barry Wood reports that no company has been hit harder than General Motors, the US-based industrial behemoth that manufactures vehicles on five continents.
Legendary Investor Warren Buffett Upbeat for Long-term
January 16, 2009
The world’s richest man, Warren Buffett, tells VOA’s Barry Wood that despite a deep financial and economic crisis, he believes American stocks are cheap and he is optimistic about the longer-term future.
Detroit Struggles to Halt Decline
October 7, 2008
Detroit, Michigan –the home of America’s big three car companies– is where the world’s auto industry was born. But along with the car companies it depends on, this Midwestern city is experiencing hard times. VOA’s Barry Wood reports from Detroit about the formidable challenges confronting the city.
Car Sales Fall 27 Percent
October 3, 2008
The US credit crunch is keeping American consumers out of car showrooms. In September, US car sales were down a stunning 27 percent. VOA’s Barry Wood reports from Detroit, the home of the US auto industry.
Henry Ford’s Model T Debuted 100 Years Ago
October 2, 2008
One hundred years ago, at a three-story factory in Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford completed his first Model T. It became the world’s most popular car, a distinction that lasted until the 1970s when it was finally outsold by the Volkswagon Beetle. VOA’s Barry Wood reports from Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit.