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Globalization and climate change. AI and VR. Donald Trump and the 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. This is your weekly podcast for a world in flux. Join Ben Charland to peel back the headlines and ask, what are the forces, people and ideas that shape the human story today? Have things always been this nuts, or are they getting crazier by the day? Just what on Earth is going on?

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Blog for Episode 31: Reconciliation

Nov 30, 2018

Today’s conversation is, I think, extremely important. We’re talking about life and death situations for First Nations people in Canada, and the precarious position that many indigenous people are in because of inadequate government services. You’ve probably heard many times that Canada, a prosperous and advanced...


Blog for Episode 27: Disability, Empowerment and Dialogue

Nov 2, 2018

I’m fascinated by the exchange of ideas, culture, story and language that occurs when someone like Rossana Pasquino not only visits but lives in a different country, even if just for a few months. After the recording, Rosanna talked about a habit that she got into while here in Canada. Frequently for lunch she would...


Blog for Episode 10: VR, Cognition and the Illusion of Self

Jul 6, 2018

One of the most compelling subjects I want to tackle on this show is virtual reality. Because VR goggles have been around for decades now, we can see what’s going on behind them as an ongoing fad – we’re told, again and again, that the change will be overwhelming. But a brave new world of augmented reality...


Blog for Episode 8: Apples, Oranges and Radical Ideas

Jun 22, 2018

Now, there are some big forces at play in our world. Certainly, one of the biggest is our changing environment – which might be better described as, our changing habitat. Not just global warming, but environmental degradation, overstretched and underprotected natural resources, the shifting geopolitics and,...


Blog for Episode 6: Political Literacy

Jun 8, 2018

Almost nobody is out there claiming that we should put an end to democracy for good, that we should scrap elections altogether, that we should just install a dictator or an AI overlord. Donald Trump’s claim this week that he has the absolute power to pardon himself may indeed place him above the law, like a king or...