Sunday December 17, 2017
more stories from this episode
- Michael's essay — Do we really need to spend $4-billion to build a new bridge to Michigan?
- 'We can do a lot better': Retiring Beverley McLachlin on what's wrong with our justice system
- Shipocalypse Now
- Think it doesn't matter how you dry your hands? Think again.
- The enigmatic poetry of Wallace Stevens
- Go Tell It On the Mountain
- Full Episode
Who doesn't love receiving a parcel? The ripping of wrapping, the sizzle of a surprise, the anticipation of a desire gratified.
The thrill may not be quite what it used to be.
All year, and especially at this time of the year, this is a country drowning in packages. And it will only get worse.
About $2 trillion will be spent on line this year worldwide. That will double by 2021.
Our almost insatiable need to have growing amounts of stuff in our hands in a virtual instant, has vaulted parcel shipping and delivery to a pivotal place in the economy.
It's high science and high stakes.
And as Ira Basen discovered, it has implications far beyond the obvious — for the environment, for the design of cities, for who we work for and the homes we live in.
Here's Ira's documentary: Ship Happens.
Click 'listen' above to hear the full documentary.