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Special Hour: After 2020, What's Next? The Future Of Technology, Architecture, And More48:59
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All is quiet on April 5, 2020, in the Seaport where construction activity has ceased. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
All is quiet on April 5, 2020, in the Seaport where construction activity has ceased. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

On the final day of 2020, we look at how the pandemic has changed us forever, and what's next as we move forward. Our host is Tiziana Dearing.

  • We begin with a conversation with Debora Spar, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and author of a number of books, including her latest, "Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny." She explains how technology has always shaped our relationships, and how the pandemic sped up our next steps.
  • We hear from architect Michael Murphy, who argues that the pandemic exposed structural design flaws in our buildings and public spaces. He says architecture either helps or hurts us, but is never neutral, and that the pandemic has offered an opportunity to reset the way we think about our public spaces.
  • There is no denying that some of the steps taken for the sake of public health have had a significant negative economic impact. So as we make our way out of the pandemic, how do we help the economy recover? Susanne Althoff, assistant professor at Emerson College and author of "Launching While Female: Smashing The System That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back," says that empowering women entrepreneurs is crucial to our economic recovery.
  • The pandemic has changed a number of industries in the short-term, but what about the long-term future? Ty Burr, film critic for The Boston Globe, believes the pandemic may have changed the way we watch movies forever.

This program aired on December 31, 2020.

Tiziana Dearing Twitter Host, Radio Boston
Tiziana Dearing is the host of Radio Boston.

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