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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.
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. Thanks to Robin Upton, producer of Unwelcome Guests, for the audio.
Thought experiment: 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 five consecutive days without rain! To a New Englander, the Pacific Northwest takes a little getting used to. . . .
More Berman: Want to hear more of Morris Berman? Here are two past installments featuring him. Right-click to download:
(Note actual sunshine.) Photo by Kenneth Dowst.
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