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A podcast about the bigger picture. Host Spencer Bailey calls on leading minds, from scientists and technologists to artists and climate activists, to zoom out and look at some of the planet’s most pressing issues from a whole-earth, long-view perspective.

At a Distance The Slowdown

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 110 Ratings

A podcast about the bigger picture. Host Spencer Bailey calls on leading minds, from scientists and technologists to artists and climate activists, to zoom out and look at some of the planet’s most pressing issues from a whole-earth, long-view perspective.

    Sarah Jaquette Ray on Navigating the Emotional Havoc of Climate Anxiety

    Sarah Jaquette Ray on Navigating the Emotional Havoc of Climate Anxiety

    Sarah Jaquette Ray, author of the new book “A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet” and a professor of environmental studies at Cal Poly Humboldt, discusses the importance of leveraging negative emotions for political change, the ties between the climate crisis and our own inner suffering, and how thinking differently about the world can lead to more positive feedback cycles.

    Episode sponsored by Grand Seiko. https://www.grand-seiko.com/us-en

    • 38 min
    Hans Joachim Schellnhuber on Applying the Intersectional Thinking of the Bauhaus to Today

    Hans Joachim Schellnhuber on Applying the Intersectional Thinking of the Bauhaus to Today

    Atmospheric physicist and climatologist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, the founder of Bauhaus Earth, talks with us about reforesting the planet and “re-timbering” cities, the potential for the built environment to become a “hero” in climate restoration, and the vast number of solutions to be found by looking to nature and Indigenous cultures.

    Episode sponsored by Grand Seiko. https://www.grand-seiko.com/us-en

    • 48 min
    Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò on the Inextricable Links Between Colonialism and the Climate Crisis

    Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò on the Inextricable Links Between Colonialism and the Climate Crisis

    Philosopher Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, author of the books “Reconsidering Reparations” and “Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics,” speaks with us about why future decision-making will be driven by the state of climate politics, considering the deep presence of the past within the current moment, and what a planetary “solidarity economy” could look like.

    Episode sponsored by Grand Seiko. https://www.grand-seiko.com/us-en

    • 32 min
    Moshe Safdie on Architecture as a Means to Uplift the Spirit

    Moshe Safdie on Architecture as a Means to Uplift the Spirit

    Israeli-born, Boston-based architect and urban planner Moshe Safdie, author of the new book “If Walls Could Speak: My Life in Architecture,” discusses approaching architecture with humility and in service to society, the staying power of his Habitat 67 housing complex in Montreal, and his vision for creating the Yad Vashem memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in Jerusalem.

    Episode sponsored by Grand Seiko. https://www.grand-seiko.com/us-en

    • 37 min
    Alec Nevala-Lee on the Enduring Legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller

    Alec Nevala-Lee on the Enduring Legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller

    Alec Nevala-Lee, author of the new biography “Inventor of the Future: The Visionary Life of Buckminster Fuller,” talks with us about what Fuller has in common (and doesn’t) with Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, the myth of the start-up founder, and why design solutions also need to take politics into account.
    Episode sponsored by Grand Seiko. https://www.grand-seiko.com/us-en

    • 40 min
    Suzanne Lee on the Circular, Lower-Impact Potential of Biomaterials

    Suzanne Lee on the Circular, Lower-Impact Potential of Biomaterials

    Fashion designer Suzanne Lee, the founder of Biofabricate, speaks with us about a new era of materials that could lead to more circular and regenerative systems, misunderstandings around the term “biomaterials,” and leaning into biology as a means of pushing the parameters of fashion forward.

    Episode sponsored by Grand Seiko. https://www.grand-seiko.com/us-en

    • 29 min

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110 Ratings

110 Ratings

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