What on Earth is Going on?

29 EpisodesProduced by Ben Charland

Your weekly podcast for a world in flux. Globalization and climate change. The rise of social media and the decline and fall of Blockbuster Video. AI and VR. Donald Trump and Flat Earthers. The world is changing so fast that we can't get a grip on how we got here, let alone where we're headed. Joi… read more

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...with Public Art (Ep. 29)

November 16th, 2018


Public art can make cities beautiful, inviting, inspiring and thought-provoking. It can bind communities together not just in what the art …

...with the Erosion of Empathy (Ep. 28)

November 9th, 2018


In his acclaimed thriller, Butcher, Canadian playwright Nicolas Billon asks, how do we punish the unpunishable? How can there be true justice when …

...with Wheelchair Fencing & the 'Appeal' (Ep. 27)

November 2nd, 2018


Disability can change everything, and many of us have a hard time understanding what it means for a curb to be too high, or an electrical socket too low. For Rossana Pasquino, who has spent most of her life in a …

...with Racism (Ep. 26)

October 26th, 2018


Complete show notes are below the description.

Racism has been a sad part of the human story for a long time. After slavery was finally abolished in …

...with Water (Ep. 25)

October 19th, 2018


Water is foundational to human life. Many of us live in places where it is clean, cheap and flows freely from the tap, and where it can be taken for granted. But a billion people go without adequate access to clean …

...according to "The Knowledge Illusion" (Ep. 24)

October 12th, 2018


“How is it possible that people can simultaneously bowl us over with their ingenuity and disappoint us with their ignorance? How have we mastered so …

...with the Decline of American Soft Power (Ep. 23)

October 5th, 2018


We all know hard power: tanks, planes, guns, even cyberwarfare units. But since the end of the Second World War, the normal method for a country to achieve its goals has been through openness, dialogue and mutual …

...with City Planning and Design (Ep. 22)

September 28th, 2018


Cities are the principal engines of growth and innovation, not just in the west but all over the world. Crowded and sprawling, manic and beautiful, …

...with the Movies (Ep. 21)

September 21st, 2018


The #MeToo movement struck hard and fast in the film industry, capturing international attention for much more than a few news cycles. It exposed some of the men who abuse their power, and highlighted what women have …

...with Social Change (Ep. 20)

September 14th, 2018


Institutions and norms, both written and unwritten, underpin our rule-of-law, human rights-respecting democracies. Some of these have evolved to …

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