In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the United States’ greatest vulnerabilities and its most profound injustices. Now, in an effort to become more resilient and equitable, leaders in business and government are making fundamental changes to the way they operate—and how they interact with one another. What will our country look like on the other side of these great transformations?
The second season of American Metamorphosis, the podcast from Boston Consulting Group and Atlantic Re:think, the branded content studio within The Atlantic, explores that question. In conversations with leaders in the public and private sectors, Emmy-nominated journalist Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani examines how rules are being rewritten, maps redrawn and structures redesigned—and how those shifts will impact the way we live, work, and create in the years ahead.
The pandemic underscored the shortomings of our infrastructure. A new episode of American Metamorphosis, the podcast from Atlantic Re:think, the branded content studio within The Atlantic, and BCG, looks at how we can do better. Shawn Dunwoody, an artist and activist in Rochester, New York, explains how the removal of a midcentury highway is transforming city life. Professor Norman Garrick describes the history of the Interstate Highway System. And BCG's Rich Davey discusses how we can make infrastructure more sustainable and equitable.
Red Light, Green Light
Toilet paper. Medical supplies. Computer chips. During the pandemic, shipments of critical goods slowed, and many Americans understood for the first time the importantce—and fragility—of global supply chains. A new episode of American Metamorphosis, the podcast from Atlantic Re:think, the branded content studio within The Atlantic, and BCG, explores how leaders in business and government are rethinking the systems that make our lives possible. Dmitri Rumschlag of Z Cycle Shop in Denver discusses the pandemic bicycling boom. Harvard Business School Professor Willy Shih explains how supply chains became so complicated. And BCG's Justin Rose explores how supply chains could change in the future.
Bridging the Gap
When K-12 public schools all across the US closed their doors at the start of the pandemic, the scale of the digital divide was abruptly unmasked. Many states and districts swiftly mobilized to address the needs of their digitally underserved students—purchasing devices, hot spots, and other resources—but an estimated 12 million students remained inadequately connected at the start of 2021. Black, Latinx, and Native American students and those from lower-income households were disproportionately affected, a fact that will undoubtedly inhibit the long-term success of these students as they look to their futures.
In this episode, we show how the global pandemic highlighted inequity in the classroom and is inspiring experts and lawmakers to focus on closing the digital divide in US education for good.
During the pandemic, a lack of trust in government has made it harder to solve problems. A new episode of American Metamorphosis, the podcast from Atlantic Re:think, the branded content studio within The Atlantic, and BCG, explores what we can do about it. Jorge Fanjul and Kevval Hanna, of BCG's Centre for Public Impact, explain why trust in government is near historic lows. Khalil Shahyd of the Natural Resources Defense Council describes how participatory democracy boomed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And BCG’s Rajive Mathur explains how public officials can repair America's fractured social contract.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the impossible juggling act that working mothers and caregivers face every day. A new episode of American Metamorphosis, the podcast from Atlantic Re:think, the branded content studio within The Atlantic, and BCG, explores how we can remove some of that pressure. In the episode, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani introduces her Marshall Plan for Moms. Historian Soraya Chemaly explores the history of universal child care. And BCG’s Gabrielle Novacek explains why organizations need to accommodate the full spectrum of women’s experiences.
A New Transition
In the second season of American Metamorphosis, we explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to examine—and possibly reimagine—just about every aspect of our society. In our first episode, we take a close look at the future of work. Food studies professor Amy Bentley explains how the Industrial Revolution created our tradition of eating three meals a day, and why that tradition might no longer make sense. Scholar Jonathan Malesic describes why burnout happens and what we can do about it. And BCG's Brooke Bollyky discusses how the pandemic has inspired employers and employees to rethink how and why we work.
Season 1: Fascinating storytelling
A deep look into the presidential transition process that interconnects historic events and modern metaphors to unveil a fascinating story.
Insightful & stimulating!
This is the kind of show that makes you say, “ Wow, I hadn’t thought of it that way,” and then bring the conversation to the dinner table, walks with friends, etc. It’s so insightful and challenges you to think of things from new perspectives. Absolutely worth a listen!
Excellent, balanced arguments. Really like the cyber episode.