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New Arts and Sciences podcast season explores inequality

What do we know about inequality – and what can be done about it? These questions and more will be explored in the new season of the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast and essay series.

Climate change is thought to be a major contributor to the severity of recent storms, including Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans – particularly the most vulnerable of its residents – in 2005.

Produced by the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with Cornell Broadcast Studios, the short audio essays feature Cornell faculty across academic disciplines discussing how recent research helps us understand the forces behind inequality. New episodes will be released each Thursday through the semester, beginning Sept. 26.

“All human societies have been characterized by some sort of inequality; it is as much a part of the human experience as love and death, and as complex,” said podcast producer Caroline Levine, the David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of Humanities, and Picket Family Chair of the Department of English.

The new season kicks off with Linda Shi, assistant professor of city and regional planning in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

“It’s the poor who have contributed the least to carbon emissions who will suffer the most from climate change,” Shi said in her podcast. “However, my research shows that efforts to adapt to climate change can also worsen inequality.”

Shi’s research interests focus on urban environmental governance and advancing planning policies to manage the urban climate transition in ways that improve social equity.

“What Do We Know about Inequality?” podcasts are available for download on iTunes and SoundCloudstreaming and text versions of the essays are also posted.

– Linda B. Glaser

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