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Back from Seattle, KD reflects briefly on urban vitality, urban decline, and the dubious future of the whole political-economic System as we know it. Then, in a brilliant informal talk (a Q&A session), cultural historian Morris Berman discusses these issues and more--including digital technology, today's youth, and the failures of the "mainstream" media.
Thanks to Robin Upton, producer of "Unwelcome Guests," for the audio.
Back in November 2013, we broadcast a lecture by Berman that preceded this Q&A (NWN #297, "The Hollow Men"). But Berman's remarks today--lightly edited by KD--stand nicely on their own.
New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "yum-yum tree") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.
Which would you choose: legal marijuana or good weather? Both arrived in Seattle at the same time, in the first half of July, 2014. During my visit, I didn't hear anybody say anything at all about pot, but EVERYONE was marvelling at 5 consecutive days without rain. To a New Englander, the Pacific Northwest takes a little getting used to. . . .
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