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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: Will Automation Crash Democracy?

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

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Around the world, technology is disrupting the workforce, with automation poised to displace humans in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and beyond. Will the rise of robots fuel a new wave of “us versus them” populism capable of undermining democracy?

For some, the answer is yes. They argue that as people lose jobs to robots, the gap between the rich and poor widens, distrust in government and democratic institutions grows, and populist ideas become more attractive to those who feel left behind. The importance of work trumps the importance of democracy, leaving a clear path for authoritarians to rise under nationalist messages that pit groups of people against one another. But others paint a different picture: They argue that humans have adapted to – and benefited from – new innovations for centuries. From the advent of water and steam power to computers, work has changed, but never disappeared. And as automation drives higher productivity growth, humans can reach their full potential and pursue societal innovation, allowing more citizens to feel fulfilled and strengthening democracy on the whole.

MOTION
Automation Will Crash Democracy 

FOR THE MOTION

Ian Bremmer, Founder and President, Eurasia Group

"Today, automation-driven and AI-driven algorithms are dividing liberal democracies. They're ripping apart the fabric of society. We live in something close to an information dystopia."


Yascha Mounk, Lecturer, Harvard University & Senior Fellow, New America

"What will automation do? It'll systematically increase the cost of tolerating democracy for elites and decrease the costs of quashing democracy. The biggest cost to elites is sharing wealth through progressive taxation, through distribution. The more inequality, the more demand there is for redistribution."


AGAINST THE MOTION

Andrew Keen, Internet Entrepreneur & Author, How To Fix The Future

"The nature of the human condition is to break things and then fix them. We've proved it in the industrial age and we will prove it in the age of automation."

 
Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Brookings Institution

"Democracies are built on openness, plurality, resilience. We have a huge comparative advantage here. Only in democracies can citizens mobilize, activate, and push their political leaders to get through the kinds of social policies that will make this difficult and challenging adjustment period much smoother and easier."  

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.