Future of bioengineering, History of the shopping mall

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Dairy cows graze on a Wisconsin farm
Dairy cows graze at the Paris Farm in Belleville, Wisconsin in 2018. Finn Ryan/University of Wisconsin-Madison

Humans have been bioengineering the world around them for thousands of years. We find out what scientific advances mean for the balance of different ecosystems in the future. We also talk with an author about the rise, fall, and resurgence of the shopping mall.

Featured in this Show

  • Should we fear the development of biotechnologies?

    Humans have been influencing evolution on Earth for tens of thousands of years. We survey some of this history, and discuss how with new biotechnologies our species could make the world a better place.

  • 'Meet Me by the Fountain' explores the cultural history of the American shopping mall

    Architecture and design writer Alexandra Lange thinks shopping malls haven’t been seriously studied, so she wrote a book about them. We talk with Lange about her book, which chronicles how malls’ architecture and design play an important role in their cultural significance.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Clara Neupert Producer
  • Beth Shapiro Guest
  • Alexandra Lange Guest

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