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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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Power outages hit three American cities almost simultaneously, raising fears of a cyber attack. A British political analyst forecasts the structur...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2017
  • Length: 57:54
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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
  • Length: 57:54
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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
  • Length: 57:55
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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
  • Length: 57:56
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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
  • Length: 57:55
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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
  • Length: 57:56
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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
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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
  • Length: 57:53
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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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Artificial intelligence experts discuss how to prevent AI from getting out of control. The Centers for Disease Control seeks greatly expanded powe...

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2017
  • Length: 57:52
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Bird flu strains spread in unprecedented numbers, increasing the risk of a global human pandemic. The super rich prepare for Armageddon. Scientis...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2017
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Continuous attacks by the mainstream media on the new Trump administration raise doubts of objectivity, even in the minds of nonpartisans. A Stanfo...

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 57:55
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The World Economic Forum meets amid fears of populism. Science writer David Biello explores the many ways humans are altering the Earth's ecospher...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2017
  • Length: 57:49
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A new book describes how basic principles taught in college economics courses are distorted for political purposes in ways that promote inequality....

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2017
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New data on home ownership show disturbing evidence of neo-feudalism. A short National Science Foundation quiz on scientific literacy seems to sho...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2017
  • Length: 57:54
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Plug and Play Solar is a technology whose time has come. A high energy particle physicist wonders, are we asking the right questions? Roland asks,...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2016
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GCRI director Seth Baum talks about international politics and catastrophic risks to humanity. New research indicates that even a regional nuclear...

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  • Added: Dec 20, 2016
  • Length: 57:51
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Media coverage of some recent events reinforces popular beliefs that the media is biased. A political scientist describes how populism can lead to...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2016
  • Length: 57:56
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