Nationalism is experiencing a resurgence. Global cooperation is under attack. Xenophobia is ascending from all corners of the Western world. “Populists” speak openly about returning to the past. What happened to the future? What happened to the optimistic vision of overcoming the differences between us, coming together, and building a better world? Wouldn’t you like to hear someone make that case? Better yet, we found someone who’s investing real money to make it happen.
In this episode, philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen shares his vision of a progressive, cooperative future where people and technology work together to build an inclusive, intelligent society.
Continue reading “Our American Discourse, Ep. 19: Imagining a Future That’s Better Than the Past”
Americans are fed up. The government is not living up to their expectations. Trust is deteriorating every year.
Donald Trump rode this wave of dissatisfaction all the way to the Oval Office. But does he really understand why citizens are dissatisfied? Do citizens themselves understand why the government appears to be failing them?
In this episode, we question these perceptions — and the solutions they imply — with Gregg Van Ryzin, Professor and Interim Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark.
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“Our American Discourse” is produced by Aubrey Hicks, Jonathan Schwartz, and myself, and mixed by Corey Hedden.
Audio excerpt from President Trump’s Inaugural Address courtesy of VOA News.