Owning the Future

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January 02, 2016

Why are we so obsessed with the future? Is it because we can't handle the present and all of our current problems, like climate change, racism and terrorism? That's one theory. We explore our fascination with the future in this hour.

Gazing into the future, forever
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Canadian cultural critic Hal Niedzviecki makes the case that as a culture, we may for the first time in history be more focused on what is going to happen in the future than on what is happening right now.

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10:19
A crystal ball
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There's no shortage of forecasts about the future these days. But did you know that ordinary people can out-predict the pros? 

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10:51
A portal to the future
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Science journalist Claudia Hammond unlocks the weirdness of how we experience time — including our fixation on the future — in a book called "Time Warped."

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12:58
General Electric dial
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Kurt Vonnegut joined his brother, Bernard, at General Electric in the late 1940s. Ginger Strand explains how Kurt's time at G.E. influenced his fiction.

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14:28
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Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D Major (Music From Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five", Glenn Gould)
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