Full episode - September 09, 2016
Scene from Nina Khrushcheva's New School office
Emotional events are opportunities for people in power with an agenda, and Nina Khrushcheva, great-granddaughter of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, now a US citizen and New School professor who teaches propaganda, says the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks was such a time. She talks here about what Americans need to know about propaganda, at home as well as abroad, and about her own experience, growing up in the Soviet Union.
Full story - August 25, 2016
Kochi (formerly Cochin), part of Kerala, which has embraced the Fab City movement
From a storied past as spice market and trading hub, India’s southwestern state of Kerala now aims to become a hub for the Internet of Things. It has joined the Fab Lab network, started by MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, and was the first region or state to sign on as a Fab City.
Full episode - August 25, 2016
Kerala Technology Innovation Zone, coming soon, aims to be an Internet of Things hub
Aiming to help everyone make almost anything, Fab Labs have opened around the world, and Fab Cities are taking the movement big-scale. Featuring Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT's Center of Bits and Atoms, talking about the movement he started, and a visit to Kochi, formerly Cochin, a former ancient Indian trading port turned aspiring Internet of Things hub, and the first state or region to sign on to the Fab Cities movement.
Full story - August 09, 2016
Shenzhen Maker Faire mobile display
The Maker Movement was made in the USA, but it's now gone global, to dozens of countries, encouraging people to (re)discover the joy and satisfaction that comes from making something with your own hands, to go from just consuming to also producing. But what if you've already been making for decades, as the factory of the world? Chinese makers embrace the fun and creativity in the movement; the government sees it as a tool to increase China's innovation and drive economic growth. They want to add structure and control. But what if unstructured fun is a path to innovation?
Full episode - August 11, 2016
Shenzhen Maker Faire, June 2015
The Maker Movement started to reconnect Americans with the creativity and joy that comes from making things with your hands, after years of outsourcing manufacturing jobs. It's now been embraced by dozens of countries, including China. And in China, factory of the world for decades, what does the Maker Movement mean? Depends whether you're a Maker, or a government official — and therein lies the rub.
Full story - July 27, 2016
China's PLA
Conspiracy theories can appeal to the cynical, the distrustful and the anxious. They've been woven through the past century of China-US relations, on both sides, more often at some times than others. Here's a look at one of them, that starts with a young American missionary turned military intelligence operative, and the myth and reality behind why a staunch anti-Communist group decided to make him their patron saint, with Terry Lautz, author of "John Birch: A Life."
Full episode - July 28, 2016
John Birch
Conspiracy theories thrive amidst distrust — distrust of power, distrust of the "other," distrust of the unknown. They can limit what's possible, and create conflict when none is necessary. One story, about a young Baptist missionary-turned-US military intelligence officer in China during World War II, killed in action, spun conspiracy theories into anti-Communist activism and suspicion. Terry Lautz, author of "John Birch, A Life," talks conspiracies, China-US mutual perceptions, and the myths and realities in the brief life of the real John Birch.
Full story - July 11, 2016
Scene from Minnesota State Fair
The future of work in America is likely to be more flexible, possibly more precarious, for many people, as the gig economy expands. Why is this happening, how can more people thrive in this transition, and what does it mean for America's place in the world in this century? Economic historian Louis Hyman of Cornell University, author of "Debtor Nation" and "Borrow: The American Way of Debt," weighs in.
Full episode - July 14, 2016
Summer scene
Living the "American Dream" is getting harder, as prices rise faster than average wages, and work itself shifts toward a gig economy. How and why did this happen, and how might things change from here? Economic historian Louis Hyman, an associate professor at Cornell University, and author of "Borrow: The American Way of Debt," and "Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink," talks about the emerging gig economy and what it might mean for America's future.
Full story - July 01, 2016
A man carries an EU flag after Britain voted to leave the European Union, outside Downing Street in London.
As the Brexit dust settles, listen to these takes from thoughtful people in Berlin, Dublin and London, about what it all means — for them personally, for their country and for the region. And if you like Beethovan's Ode to Joy, listen to the end.