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"Whose Century Is It?" explores ideas, trends and twists shaping the 21st century, through a global lens. Host Mary Kay Magistad, a former NPR and PRI East Asia correspondent, offers interviews, stories and perspectives from around the world.

Whose Century Is It?: Ideas, trends & twists shaping the world in the 21st century Mary Kay Magistad

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    • 4.7 • 44 Ratings

"Whose Century Is It?" explores ideas, trends and twists shaping the 21st century, through a global lens. Host Mary Kay Magistad, a former NPR and PRI East Asia correspondent, offers interviews, stories and perspectives from around the world.

    On China's New Silk Road Podcast Preview

    On China's New Silk Road Podcast Preview

    If you like Whose Century Is It?, check out this preview of my new limited series podcast with the Global Reporting Centre, On China's New Silk Road. I've teamed up with great local journalists on almost every continent to explore how China's global ambition is seen around the world, and at the impact Chinese investments in one of the biggest global infrastructure efforts ever, are having on the ground. 

    • 3 min
    Slavery in your grocery cart

    Slavery in your grocery cart

    Next time you sip your tea or bite into a bar of chocolate, or load up your grocery cart with other treats, spare a thought for the underpaid or unpaid workers who made it possible. Modern slavery comes in many guises, and politics professor Genevieve LeBaron of the University of Sheffield in England, who's done field studies on the subject, is here to tell you how it happens, and what you might want to look out for as you shop.

    • 35 min
    Wizards, Prophets & the Fate of the Earth: Innovation & Conservation in an age of climate change

    Wizards, Prophets & the Fate of the Earth: Innovation & Conservation in an age of climate change

    We're pretty clever, we humans, but we ignore unintended consequences at our peril -- like climate change, after a couple of centuries of fossil fuel-driven growth and innovation. Can we innovate our way out of that growing crisis, or must we conserve? Or both? Charles Mann, author of 1491, 1493 and The Wizard & the Prophet, tells the tale of these two competing approaches through the lives of the 'wizard,' Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, and the 'prophet,' ecologist William Vogt.

    • 39 min
    Sci Fi Future

    Sci Fi Future

    In the imagined world of novelist Eliot Peper's near-term future in such books as Bandwidth and Borderless, San Diego's burning, polar ice caps have melted, everyone's got their heads in their digital feeds, and a powerful social media company called Commonwealth controls --well, seems like just about everything. Eliot talks to host Mary Kay Magistad about writing speculative fiction, about the value of sci fi in helping us all think through current crises and possible futures, and about what sci fi has seen coming, and what it's gotten just plain wrong. 

    • 37 min
    Why half the world's languages may disappear in this century

    Why half the world's languages may disappear in this century

    Embedded in each language is a reflection of life as lived by its speakers, over thousands of years. When a language disappears, that's all lost. As the world becomes more connected, and dominant cultures push their own languages for wider use, half of the world's 7,000 languages could be gone by century's end. The good news is, linguists are on it, like this episode’s guest Laura Welcher, who oversees the Long Now Foundation’s Rosetta Project in San Francisco.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ethnic cleansing, human tragedy & the future few saw coming for Burma: What the Rohingya Muslim purge reveals about Myanmar's challenges in building real democracy

    Ethnic cleansing, human tragedy & the future few saw coming for Burma: What the Rohingya Muslim purge reveals about Myanmar's challenges in building real democracy

    Not so long ago, Myanmar (Burma) was a good news story, with democratic reforms, a booming economy and falling poverty rates. Then came ugly military-led attacks on Rohingya Muslims, who killed, raped and burned houses, and forced some 700,000 Rohingyas to flee to camps in Bangladesh, with little pushback from pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. What does this mean for Myanmar's democratic future? Khin Ohmar, an exiled Burmese human rights and democracy activist for 30 years, shares her thoughts.

    • 44 min

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4.7 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

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Thought Provoking

I listen to these podcasts a couple of times - each time seems to get my mind wandering into new places...

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Episodes on global issues are interesting

I found the first several episodes on China, Technology and other issues to be informative. The drift toward the obvious political biases of the podcaster in more recent episodes is much less interesting. Please get back to focusing on global issues.

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