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Containers

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Containers is an 8-part audio documentary about how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. Host and correspondent Alexis Madrigal leads you through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes. At a time when Donald Trump is threatening to toss out the global economic order, Containers provides an illuminating, deep, and weird look at how capitalism actually works now.

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Containers is an 8-part audio documentary about how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. Host and correspondent Alexis Madrigal leads you through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes. At a time when Donald Trump is threatening to toss out the global economic order, Containers provides an illuminating, deep, and weird look at how capitalism actually works now.

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415 Ratings
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By plrtexas - Jul 11 2018
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Smart, in-depth reporting. The world is a nuanced place - this is a good way to tell that story.

good podcast

By Pistolwhipp - Apr 12 2018
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Great in depth story about the changing face of shipping in the US and world.

iTunes Ratings

415 Ratings
Average Ratings
375
14
12
7
7

More! More!

By plrtexas - Jul 11 2018
Read more
Smart, in-depth reporting. The world is a nuanced place - this is a good way to tell that story.

good podcast

By Pistolwhipp - Apr 12 2018
Read more
Great in depth story about the changing face of shipping in the US and world.
Cover image of Containers

Containers

Updated 6 days ago

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Containers is an 8-part audio documentary about how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. Host and correspondent Alexis Madrigal leads you through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes. At a time when Donald Trump is threatening to toss out the global economic order, Containers provides an illuminating, deep, and weird look at how capitalism actually works now.

Rank #1: Episode 2: Meet the Sailors

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What is life like as a modern sailor, a tiny person on a huge ship in a vast ocean? Here is your answer. Episode 2 brings you a rare look into the lives of two Filipino sailors, fresh off a trip across the Pacific Ocean. These are regular people doing heroic work to support their families. And without them, the global economic order doesn't work.

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Mar 07 2017

25mins

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Rank #2: Episode 3: The Ships, The Tugs, and the Port

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You know you’ve always wanted to ride in a tugboat as it pushes around a huge cargo ship, right? Well, that’s what we do in Episode 3. We go inside working life on the San Francisco Bay to see how brutal competition among shipping companies threatens the viability of the small businesses that ply the waters. Meet a tugboat dispatcher, a

skipper, and the first female captain of an American freighter. It’s a case study in how globalization works and our first look at the challenges the port faces.

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Mar 14 2017

29mins

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Rank #3: Episode 8: Robots, Piers Full of Robots

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In the conclusion of this series, we peer into the future of human-robot combinations on the waterfront and in the rest of the supply chain. We’ll hear about the strange future of cyborg trucking and meet the friendly little helper bots in warehouses. The view of automation that sees only a battle between robots vs. humans is wrong. It’s humans all the way down.

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Apr 19 2017

29mins

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Rank #4: Episode 7: The Lost Docks

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It’s 1979 and containerization is sweeping through the San Francisco waterfront, leaving the old docks in ruins. As global trade explodes, a group of longshoremen band together to try to preserve the culture of work that they knew. They take pictures, create a slide show, and make sound recordings. Those recordings languished in a basement for 40 years. In this episode, we hear those archival tapes as a way of exploring the human effects of automation.

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Apr 12 2017

38mins

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Rank #5: Episode 6: And They Won, They Won Big

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It started with a puzzle: why were people in West Oakland dying 12-15

years earlier than their counterparts in the wealthier hills? The

people in the flatlands were dying of the same things as the people in

the hills, just much younger. Meet the doctor who helped make the case

that air pollution from cargo handling was one big part of the answer,

and the smart-dressing, wise-cracking environmental activist who

helped to clean up the air. This is an inside look at the problems

that come with being a major node in the network of global trade—and

the solutions that people have devoted their lives to implementing.

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Apr 05 2017

29mins

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