Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola welcome Carl Zha, the host of "Silk and Steel," which is a weekly podcast on the history, culture, and current events of China and the Silk Road. Zha provides a primer on what has unfolded with the protests in Hong Kong. He describes how they started, the role an extradition bill has played, the poverty and inequality fueling protests, and the protesters' demands. He also provides a thumbnail history of the colonial history around China and Hong Kong. He goes on to recall some of the incidents and flashpoints that have occurred, including violence that has been committed by Hong Kong protesters. The National Endowment for Democracy and the Oslo Freedom Forum have provided tactical support. Zha addresses the way in which the U.S. government and U.S. groups are aiding Hong Kong protesters and what that means for the protests. Later in the episode, Zha discusses the nativism inherent in the protests that is directed against mainland Chinese people, and he also highlights the controversy that erupted around the NBA in the past week.