Our co-producer, Miles, gives a talk about San Francisco’s hidden nature that is simultaneously informative, funny, surprising and slightly uncomfortable (you’ll know what we mean when you get there). From the gold rush to the bay to the delicious food, Miles tries to explain why humans ever came to the Bay Area… hint: it involves geology. The talk was given as part of a collaboration between the California Historical Society and the Odd Salon.
Hello Gen Anthro fans! Today’s episode is a little bittersweet because we have to announce two things: 1) producer Leslie will be leaving the show (at least for a little while) while she travels across the country to learn how to become an even better producer! 2) Generation Anthropocene will be going on hiatus for the next few months as producers Mike and Miles complete their PhD programs. We will be back! But it might be a few months.
BUT, before this happens, team GenAnthro got together for one final story! As part of KCRW’s Radio Race event, we completed a story about “the last thing you’d expect.” At the turn of the century, an American General lines the streets of a major American city with barrels of dynamite. This is the story of what happened when he lit the fuses. We call the story Fire with Fire and we hope you enjoy! Thank you for all of your support and we’ll see you soon!
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ps. If you like our show, and you’d like to give Leslie a shout out for all of her amazing work and give her best wishes as she continues to be an awesome producer, please send those along to GenAnthropocene <at> gmail <dot> com.
Today, we discuss the future of the automobile and all of its possibilities with Sven Beiker. Sven discusses car specialization and why the “Swiss Army Knife” car just won’t work. We also talk about changing driver patterns, connecting your car to the internet, how changing cars might change our roads as well, along with a brief exploration of how the idea of our cars as a symbol of freedom might be shifting. We also take a second to figure out how to say the plural of the Toyota Prius.
Rebecca Solnit, a writer and native of the Bay Area, provides a brief history of San Francisco’s transformation from a working class port city to a center of technology after the dot com boom. We discuss foodies, Silicon Valley tech culture, the spike in real estate prices, and the gentrification of the city. Rebecca explains her work with historic maps that depict California as an island, and how that metaphor applies today beyond cartography as California moves from the edge to the center of the world.