Imagine if cars could suddenly go four times as fast, allowing you to drive from New York to Los Angeles in just a day. And imagine that trucks carrying goods could also speed at 300 miles an hour. How would our world change, how would it shift how we lived and worked, what we bought and consumed? Two centuries ago this kind of radical transformation occurred on the high seas. This episode features Dr. Bill Fowler, Honorary Professor of History at Northeastern University and author of Steam Titans.
Steam Titans is published by Bloomsbury Press
What's New is hosted by Dan Cohen, Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration at Northeastern University. It is produced by Thomas Bary and engineered by Jonathan Iannone in Snell Library’s Recording Studios, with assistance from the Library’s Podcast Team: Evan Simpson, Debra Mandel, Jon Reed, Debra Smith, Sarah Sweeney, and Brooke Williams. Our thanks to the news@Northeastern team, as well as the advice and input from Northeastern's College of Arts, Media, and Design.
It's been a decade since the rise of Facebook and Twitter began to replace our shared news consciousness with personalized social media. Today’s college freshmen were just eight when the iPhone was released, destined to become a constant companion with these new sources of information. What is next generation's view of the news like? How good are they at separating fact from fiction? This episode features John Wihbey, Assistant Professor of Journalism and New Media at Northeastern and Alison Head, Project Information Literacy's Executive Director and Lead Researcher.
How do people and cities respond during and after major disasters such as terrorist attacks or the destructive hurricanes so many communities have recently endured? Stephen Flynn, Professor of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, talks about what happens during the worst of times, and how the best of humanity sometimes emerges in the most stressful moments.