Tonight, by the end of the 21st century, over 80% of the world’s population will live in cities just like New York. But with a projected world population reaching over 10 billion by the year 2050, that migration to cities calls a series of global megatrends to attention, including climate change, growing income inequality, disparities in education and health, and unaffordable housing. These megatrends threaten the security of some of our greatest regions of economic and social innovations, as well as the overall ability of the Earth to sustain the resources to accommodate for a growing world population. Author and urban planner Jonathan Rose joins us to discuss some key strategies that will help create a harmonious, urban society as outlined in his book The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life.
Then, we shine a light on what has been called one of the most powerful generations heading to the ballot box next week. Millennials, now a group close to 80 million in number, could play a crucial role in electing the next president… that is if they show up to the polls. In 2008, 51 percent of millennials cast their vote for the president, and in 2012, that number only decreased. This year, things might be looking up for this generation, as more and more get involved in politics spanning all walks of American life. A few weeks after the votes were counted in 2012, millennials David and Jack Cahn packed their bags and began a two-year road trip across the country to figure out how their peers would reshape America’s future. After more than 10,000 interviews, their journey led them to us, and tonight, they are sharing the findings from their trip in their new book, When Millennials Rule.
Finally, gems, metals, and power: They’re aspects of our everyday lives, and in their own ways, they are the very backbone of our modern-day civilization. Their history, the science behind their creation, and the vital roles they’ve played in the formation of society are documented in a new, three-part series from NOVA, called Treasures of the Earth. The producer, director, and writer behind this television event, Doug Hamilton joins us tonight with an exciting inside look at the series and shares his perspective on what makes these treasures so vital to the society in which we live.