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The Next Chapter

Series produced by Allen Hundley

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The Next Chapter is a weekly one-hour public affairs program that looks at where we are going as a species, do we really want to go there, and what are our options. The program features interviews with academics and scientists about future trends in society, politics, economics, science, and technology.

The Next Chapter examines such controversial, cutting edge ideas as the Seldyn Paradigm, the Strangelove Paradox, Martin Ford's description of a society where virtually all the work is done by machines, the Singularity of Ray Kurzweil and others, and philosopher Nick Bostrom's theory of reality as a simulation by a super civilization. These ideas are the often discussed among the educated elite. They are likely to shape the future of humanity in the 21st Century.

The Next Chapter looks at their political and social implications while bringing these ideas to a far broader audience. Is this the direction we as a species really want to go? What will happen to traditional family life, to religion and spirituality, and to the political liberties we enjoy today? Are there other options and if so what are they?

Of particular concern is how to solve problems common to many of the major world powers. While each has a distinctive history, culture, and political system they all appear to suffer from endemic corruption of the political process, a creeping erosion of civil liberties, and excessive concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a small elite.

Can we direct our future? Tune into The Next Chapter to find out.

All programs are free and can be downloaded directly from radioalexandria.net website. Hide full description

The Next Chapter examines such controversial, cutting edge ideas as the Seldyn Paradigm, the Strangelove Paradox, Martin Ford's description of a society where virtually all the work is done by machines, the Singularity of Ray Kurzweil and others, and philosopher Nick Bostrom's theory of reality as a simulation by a super civilization. These ideas are the often discussed among the educated elite. They are likely to shape the future of humanity in the 21st Century. The Next Chapter looks at their political and social implications while bringing these ideas to a far broader audience. Is this the direction we as a species really want to go? What will happen to traditional family life, to religion and spirituality, and to the political liberties we enjoy today? Are there other... Show full description


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Futurist Ari Wallach suggests three ways to prepare for the (very) long term. Ted Fellow Anab Jain explains why we need to imagine different futur...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2017
  • Length: 57:52
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More signs point to a sharp economic downturn in the near future. Five ways to maintain a positive outlook when times are tough. A synthetic biol...

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 57:55
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Several leading financiers warn of growing threats to the world economic system. Philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch talks about improving decision-...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2017
  • Length: 57:54
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An Ivy League political scientist speaks forthrightly about the real reason for the rise of populism: Millions of Americans and Europeans have suf...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 57:52
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A new gene editing technology presents both opportunities and dangers. A social psychologist talks about the meaning of wisdom and how to use it in...

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  • Added: May 31, 2017
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New research on the effects of a nuclear electromagnetic pulse or EMP indicate that some effects may be less devastating than previously believed w...

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  • Added: May 24, 2017
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The 'wanacry' ransom cyber attack illustrates the vulnerability of complex, interconnected systems. Are US decision-makers underestimating North...

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  • Added: May 17, 2017
  • Length: 57:55
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Billionaire Industrialist and futurist Elon Musk describes some of his new projects for improving life for humans including building high speed tun...

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  • Added: May 10, 2017
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Mosquito borne diseases are set to cause major infections in the US this summer. A leading expert on North Korea and WMDs assesses the danger to i...

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  • Added: May 03, 2017
  • Length: 57:55
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Power outages hit three American cities almost simultaneously, raising fears of a cyber attack. A British political analyst forecasts the structur...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2017
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A thought experiment about the Scitechs and the Rustics in a post apocalyptic world. British author Matt Ridley talks about when ideas have sex. ...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2017
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In an extended interview with Roland astronomer Lord Martin Rees talks about global catastrophic risks that represent threats to the continued exis...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2017
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Dr. Ben Goldacre talks about the ways incompetent journalists, sensationalist media outlets, and big pharma threaten the health and well being of a...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2017
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Just how serious a threat is artificial intelligence to humankind? We hear Ted talks by experts on opposite sides of the debate. Then Roland weig...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2017
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Remembering a speech that changed world history. Author Erik Fogg talks about trends dangerous to the future of democracy in modern nations and th...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
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Wealthy New Yorkers plan their escape from Manhattan. People in rural areas are the most likely to survive a global pandemic. Science tackles the...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2017
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Radio Alexandria launches Global English project. Author Erik Fogg talks about the forces driving the deepening political divisions in the US. Th...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2017
  • Length: 57:53
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Experts rank a global pandemic among the greatest threats to humankind. Author Simon Sinek talks about how to motivate people to action. How to f...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:10
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The medical community worries about three candidates for the next global pandemic. A techno-progressive talks about artificial intelligence and it...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2017
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Futurist Caleb Chace talks about the challenges of a future without jobs because of artificial intelligence. The European Centre for Disease Preve...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2017
  • Length: 57:54
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