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Quarantime! takes its inspiration from the feverish activity going on across the innovation landscape, yet  under the radar of the national media. Cable News provides a breathless feed of White House statements, public health statistics, and Federal Reserve actions. We want to focus on the contributions of scientists, artists, social entrepreneurs, and communities from which we all can learn. The show is entertainment and showcase of our collective ingenuity and innovation, curious and connecting. It’s built for a moment when our human, social, emotional and media needs are different than they were only yesterday. Its aspiration is to build a foundation and connections for a more resilient tomorrow that can emerge once this crisis ends and we build our future.

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November 2020

Episode 49: From Common Ground to Higher Ground: A Profoundly Hopeful Moment for America

November 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

We convene this Friday night at a moment of liminality in America: We're on the verge of a new administration, but with as much polarization as ever. Our democracy survived (so far) an election in the midst of a social media storm and a pandemic... but our challenges are as great as any time in history. Tonight were joined by American History scholar Cordell Carter from the Aspen Institute to consider how we govern, seek compromise, and build going forward. What can…

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Episode 50: The Future of You: Wellbeing’s Exponential Frontier

November 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Today marks the 50th episode of our Quarantime-capsule! The Nation is struggling through a 3rd wave of a pandemic that is a harbinger from this biological century. Healthcare workers, individuals, & communities are facing a breaking point in their ability to cope with their inner landscape, and the actions they must to take to stay safe and sane. Our guests today are world-leaders in wellbeing and human flourishing. Today we frame time-capsule of 2020 through the tensions of crisis and…

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December 2020

Episode 51: Digital Infrastructure Meets Physical Reality: How a Bridge is Crossing the Widening Gap Between Citizens, Robots, Trust, and Tech

December 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Join Alec Shuldiner @biggreenbrother from @autodesk, & Dr. Beth Coleman, author of "Hello Avatar," as the rise of the “Internet of Infrastructure” wakes up & starts to have opinions, & potentially can take action for, with, or against our citizens.  We stand at a chasm between that new form of Infrastructure & the centuries old and evolved classical infrastructure of today. We take our existing infrastructure for granted. It's had hundreds or thousands of years to evolve based on a…

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Episode 52: Archives, Memory and Ephemera: Quarantime’s Holiday Spectacular

December 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

You're invited to Quarantime’s Holiday Party: an evening of Urban Ephemera and Lost Landscapes. Our holiday show explores the hidden richness in forgotten films w/guests Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Archives @footage & Lisa Hurwitz, producer of @AUTOMATmovie! Rick is the nation's leading collector and curator of ephemeral films: home movies, corporate visions of the future, industrial propaganda, snapshots all of our daily lives and aspirations. The Prelinger archives has over 60,000 such films, many online at the Internet Archive.…

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Episode 53: Marshall Plans for America: The League of Audacious Leaders Imagining a Green Century

December 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Just about now America needs some pretty big ideas for economic recovery, industrial transformation, and how to tackle climate change while driving inclusive growth. Today on Quarantime! a report of the boldest approaches to economic development in our nation today, hot off the press, direct from the visionary teams creating them. 1 A Marshall Plan for Middle America. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto famously committed his city to the Paris Climate Accord when the US government pulled out & believes that…

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Episode 54: Quarantime’s Yule Log Christmas Companion

December 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

On December 25th, join Quarantime! as we revisit the dawn of virtual Christmas celebrations: the 1966 Yule Log telecast from Gracie Mansion on New York’s WPIX. Long before America went virtual in 2020, New Yorkers knew their only option for a Christmas fireplace was a cathode-ray tube. We turn to the archives this holiday and honor this hearth that could be everywhere and nowhere all at once. A virtual yule log with a very special home: Gracie Mansion, the residence…

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January 2021

Episode 55: Deplatforming, Deprogramming, and Democracy

January 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Today we examine the ethical dilemmas and moral hazards of Deplatforming, a la Parler, and Twitter this week. What are the vectors and mechanisms of disinformation spread? And why are cults of personality breaking out across the globe? What does all this portend for the internet regulation policy conversations to come in (the recently mob attacked) House and Senate? 1) First Skirmish. First meet Yael Eisenstat, former CIA officer and national security official who ran election security for Facebook — before blowing the whistle…

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Episode 56: Endless Frontier: Science, Possibility, and Progress in the New Administration

January 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

This week Biden elevated the Presidential Science Advisor to a cabinet position for the first time in U.S. History. In his appointment of Eric Lander (human genome project lead) as science advisor and leader of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Biden refers back to the first presidential science advisor, FDR’s Vannevar Bush. In 1945 Bush prepared a postwar report for FDR “Science the Endless Frontier.” It laid out the vast possibilities, economic growth and human improvement that the…

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Episode 57: Populists Storm Wall Street! GameStop, Reddit, and the rise of Meme Stocks

January 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Just when you thought you’d seen everything populist in America, what was last week’s political mob took on hedge funds and Wall Street at their own game this week. Game stop. Was it the ultimate liberation of the retail investor? The elevation of bubbles to high art on Reddit with the emergence of meme stocks? Or, the most public exposure of Wall Street corruption and manipulation in all history, experienced as an ARG on Robinhood. Today on Quarantime we dive…

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February 2021

Episode 58: Building Back Better: Revitalization and Regenerating Main Street

February 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Today we’ll be exploring an ongoing topic of ours around cities, change, and how we build back better. Peter will provide a report from the front lines of change going on in San Diego and Atlanta with an organization called CoPlace who you may remember from our urban prototyping episode #25 in June of 2020.  Peter will share what he saw on the streets and what he heard from community members as they work to rebuild at the dawn of 2021, in the midst…

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Episode 59: Grand Challenges at the Center of Health, Design, and Society

February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Context is decisive. What if evidence-based design research could be combined with how we shape the context of the places we go when we’re sick, or face physical or mental health crises, or expectantly prepare for new beginnings, when we yearn for graceful transitions, or bittersweet endings over our lives? That was the question the Center for Health Design was created to ask and has helped answer for more than 25 years. Today it has become the global community and…

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Episode 60: Code as Creative Medium

February 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Artists who work in code explore the “Distant Early Warning Line (DEW line) of culture. Today they play in the medium of privacy, surveillance, AI, robots, 3D printed stem cells, and body mods. During this global pandemic, when we’ve lived so virtually, we’ve come to realize that virtual interfaces are as real and present and have as many governance issues as the real world does. There is a there there. When we see scientists ”rip“ the DNA of a virus…

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