Innovation Hub

Megacities: Our Urban Future

By Kara Miller

Part 1:

Part 2:

The skyline of Singapore, a completely urbanized city-state. (chooyutshing via Flickr)

Our guest this week says that, although humanity has tried living in many ways, we are drawn back to cities, in part because of what they can offer us: More social interaction, more money, more productivity -- even a longer life.

Edward Glaeser, the author of Triumph of The City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, And Happier, says we are now entering the golden age of the city, because they enable us to learn from each other in a complex world, building on each others' ideas and powering humanity's progress.

But cities present problems, too: Confronting their residents with stark inequalities and creating an intensive draw on scarce resources.

We'll talk about the possibilities and explore some of the challenges of our urban existance. 



About Innovation Hub

Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

About the Host
Kara Miller Kara Miller
As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

Podcast: iTunes | XML

Browse our past programs

Podcast: iTunes | XML


Sign Up

Sign-up for WGBH News updates, WGBH promotions, and previews of what's coming up on WGBH TV.




Support for WGBH is provided by:
Become a WGBH sponsor