Critical Mass: A documentary on global population

Filmmaker Mike Freedman explains the creative process behind his debut documentary, Critical Mass. His film explores how the growing population alters the social and psychological environment, and the challenges of equality in a world of 7 billion people.

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Life in the Post Natural World

Curator for the Museum of PostNatural History in Pittsburgh, PA and assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon, Richard (Rich) Pell describes a new way for us to view how humans control the evolutionary path of other organisms – the growing field of PostNaturalism.  Pell walks us through his museum, explains how he arrived at the concept of postnaturalism, and shares some of the surprising reactions his visitors experience along the tour.

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The elephant in the warming room: food & climate

Food security expert David Lobell takes us around the world to give us a taste of the global food production system.  He discusses the wide range of problems our changing climate will have on agriculture and the prospects for creating a sustainable food system in the future.  And whenever you’re a visible figure and dealing with sensitive issues like food and climate change, there’s always a chance you end up getting hate mail… at 7am.

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Emerging infectious disease in the Anthropocene

Biological anthropologist James Holland Jones explains how diseases typically spread from animal to human populations and how that might change as our planet continues to warm.  He also discusses how we might prevent future epidemics with limited vaccines by looking to community structure and identifying the key bridge populations.  Without getting too apocalyptic… ok fine, getting a little apocalyptic… Jones also looks to diseases of the past to pick the one that is most likely to be a serious problem in the future, hemorrhagic fever hopefully not included.  Hypochondriacs beware, it’s all infectious disease on this episode of Generation Anthropocene!

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