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What Kind of World Do We Want to Create Post-Pandemic?

'Very Biggest Questions'

Originally Aired: Thursday, May 21, 2020

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Overview

Taking a pause from the relentless push of modern living, while painful at times, has also made time for important self-reflection — on ourselves as individuals, as family-units, as neighborhoods and beyond. When we finally descend the apex of COVID-19 and begin a return to normal society, what kind of “normal” do we want to return to?

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The pandemic has exposed deep inequalities in our healthcare system and economy, and how deadly those can be. It’s also shown us how truly essential many of our lowest-paid and least-appreciated workers are — from delivery people to cashiers to nurses and beyond. And strikingly, our natural world has responded to decreased human activity with a sense of renewal, from birdsong sweeping through NYC to clearer skies in some of the most polluted cities.

For this show, host Angélique Roché invites policy makers, activists, thinkers and a futurist to weigh in on what values might guide our thinking as we reactivate society and the economy. How can we move forward and incorporate learnings from this time to make our cities, states and nation healthier, happier and better prepared?

Guests include author and speaker Charles EisensteinRohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala, head of Urban Systems at Sidewalk Labs and Brown University professor and rap artist Sammus.

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