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Shaky Ground: Exploring the Global Turbulence of 2016

November 3, 201647 min
Coming up on today's show:
The world is going through a turbulent period. Are we're currently experiencing an unstoppable shift in power from the West back to the East? Peter Frankopan, historian at Oxford University and author of "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World," weighs in.

Is rising inequality and the death of American manufacturing just an effect of an increasingly globalized world economy? The Takeaway checks in with Matthew McManus, a 26-year-old voter in West Virginia's "Working Class Country," and Branko Milanovic, an economist at the City University of New York and author of "Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization" and "The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality."

Why has 2016 produced an environment of extreme racial anxiety? The Takeaway speaks with Nell Irvin Painter, who argues that the rise of Donald Trump and racist ideology is a backlash to the presidency of Barack Obama.
Selina Leem is just 19-years-old and is watching her home quietly disappear. She lives in The Marshall Islands, a place that will soon be lost to climate change. She joins The Takeaway to explain how she is saying goodbye. 
Peter Pomerantsev, senior fellow at the Legatum Institute in London and the author of "Nothing is True and Everything is Possible," argues that we are now living in a “post-fact” environment, where people create their own narratives, no matter what the reality of any given situation might be.
How are all of these factors affecting American democracy, and what does the 2016 election say about where we are in terms of longterm sustainable governance? Jenny Mansbridge, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and the author of "Beyond Adversary Democracy," weighs in. 

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