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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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May 25, 2018

Part 2 of 2.

For his bicentennial in May 2018, it's a good a time as any to re-evaluate the life, work and ideas of one of the most influential philosophers and economists of the modern era, Karl Marx. Following from last week, we delve deeper into not just Marx's ideas, but how they have evolved and been interpreted...


May 18, 2018

Part 1 of 2.

May 5 was the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth. Over the past few years there has been a surge of interest in the 19th century philosopher and economist, who challenged capitalism and predicted that it would eventually destroy itself. But his diagnosis has turned out to be more accurate, insightful...


May 11, 2018

In the Digital Age, the Internet and social media have utterly transformed the way we live and perceive the world, and there is certainly more to come. But when we started upending norms in the media less than a generation ago, we couldn't perceive the consequences which are now becoming apparent. What on earth is going...


May 4, 2018

Donald Trump is in power in America. Doug Ford is headed that way in Ontario. The alt-right seems ascendant everywhere, while liberal democracy is in crisis. Journalists are being demonized as "fake news" at best and "enemies of the people" at worst. Pax Americana faces an assault from within as its leaders...