Our modern public life is replete with so-called news, but the subjects behind those headlines are anything but fresh. There is skirmishing over how to pay for government services, nervous rumbling about possible war, hand wringing over how we get information, and bafflement over what the kids are up to these days. It’s a collection of tropes that can be found in your news feed easily enough, but it may as well have come from old newspapers on a microfiche in the dusty cabinet of some library. The actors and even the stages are different, but the play is the same.
There is dramatic change in the world, to be sure, but the roll out is rarely accompanied by an equally dramatic unveiling for the cameras. It just shows up one day and before long, the world seems to revolve around it. You live long enough, and it occurs to you that cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence. The cleverly juiced up email platform known as Twitter lay dormant for years, then played a pivotal role in a presidential election. We can only wonder what will happen tomorrow – perhaps the robots will come for this very podcast.
This program is both a psychological step back from the maelstrom of modern life and an effort to shine the spotlight on those who seek to break our public policy out of the same old arguments. It will most likely not be a forum for the famous and the celebrated. We aim to find and speak to the people who are anonymously trying like hell to build the world you will one day live in. We’re looking for answers, for thoughtful yet outrageous conversation on how we might navigate our modern lives together, and most importantly, for a great idea so crazy it just might work.