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Then I'll Be Free To Travel Home-the Legacy of the New York African Burial Ground (Series)

Produced by ERIC V. TAIT, JR.

Most recent piece in this series:

Episode 1. "Then I'll Be Free To Travel Home"

From ERIC V. TAIT, JR. | Part of the Then I'll Be Free To Travel Home-the Legacy of the New York African Burial Ground series | 59:00

Family_small Traces the historical arc of the long African-American battle against northern slavery and for full, first-class citizenship. It chronicles the contributions the original Africans who founded the New York African Burial ground - and their descendants - made to the survival and development of New York and the nation from the 1600s to the New York City Draft Riots of 1863. It is also a history of larger-than-life "freedom fighters" on many levels and of many races, who challenged slavery to change the course of this nation from it's earliest Colonial days. This is that story as it unfolded primarily on the eastern part of what would eventually become the United States of America.

Rivers That Were (Series)

Produced by Barbara Bernstein

Most recent piece in this series:

Beaver Taught Salmon How To Jump (Part Two)

From Barbara Bernstein | Part of the Rivers That Were series | 54:31

Rivers_that_were_small_small Beaver Taught Salmon How to Jump , Part Two of Rivers That Were , recreates the once natural and free-flowing tributaries and mainstem of the Columbia River, the Great River of the West. The river that was is contrasted with today's industrialized landscape of culverted urban creeks, hardened riverbanks and inundated waterfalls and rapids.

Intelligence Squared U.S. (Series)

Produced by Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Most recent piece in this series:

DEBATE: All Hail the Driverless Car?

From Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates | Part of the Intelligence Squared U.S. series | 54:00

Driverlesscar4x3__small What if the next car you buy or taxi you hail drives itself? Driverless cars, also known as autonomous or self-driving vehicles, are currently in test-drive mode around the globe. Proponents claim this innovation will drastically improve our lives, with fewer auto accidents, less traffic congestion and carbon emissions, as well as greater accessibility for the elderly and those with physical limitations. Opponents, however, argue that autonomous vehicles will increase traffic, render current infrastructure obsolete, and jeopardize millions of auto-related jobs. Worse yet, they say, these cars are nothing more than a computer-on-wheels, meaning an error in programming by developers, or hacking by nefarious actors, could lead to disaster. Should we proceed with caution? Or embrace the driverless car? 

MOTION
All Hail The Driverless Car! 

FOR THE MOTION
Amitai Bin-Nun, VP of Automomous Vehicles, Securing America's Future Energy 
Chris Urmson, Co-Founder & CEO, Aurora

AGAINST THE MOTION
Meredith Broussard, Data Journalist & Author, "Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World" 
Ashley Nunes, Senior Research Associate, Harvard Law & MIT

2015 Re:sound Specials, from the Third Coast Audio Festival (Series)

Produced by Third Coast International Audio Festival

Most recent piece in this series:

Re:sound - The Tight Spaces Show

From Third Coast International Audio Festival | Part of the 2015 Re:sound Specials, from the Third Coast Audio Festival series | 59:00

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This hour we look and the ups and downs of confinement. 

Picture A Box

by Nate DiMeo (The Memory Palace, 2012)
Sometimes the only way to get out of a tight space is by getting into an even tighter one. Henry Brown did just that when he sealed himself in a very tight space. 

Tunnel 57
by Roman Mars & Daniel Gross (99% Invisible, 2014)
In 1961, East Germany closed its border to West Berlin with a wall. But this isn’t a story about the the Berlin Wall. This is a story about how to get through it — or really, underneath it.

Elbow Room
by Elizabeth Arnold (Stories From The Heart Of The Land, 2007)
Alaska, China and Mongolia ~ How much land does a person need? Elizabeth Arnold, who lives in Alaska, goes in search of even more wide-open space—and ends up with a case of claustrophobia in Outer Mongolia.

The Isolation Solitude Confinement Happiness Freedom Domain
by Jon Tjhia and written by Toby Fehily (Radiotonic from ABCRN & Paper Radio)
A day spa isn't the first place you'd expect to find a think tank. And yet beyond the spray tans and skin needling, the head massages and body sugaring, Toby Fehily finds himself stripping off and stepping into a darkened capsule filled with warm, salty water. With the lid tightly shut, Toby merges into the purest blackness, coming to his senses via the most senseless route possible.