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41 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
My city of New York is known more for it’s skyline than its outdoor offering. But in Stockholm, nature seemed to appear out of nowhere, intertwined within the city fabric. Even neighborhoods constantly labeled “dangerous” have pretty stunning views. How has Stockholm grown, and keeps growing, with natural spaces in mind ? Twitter/Instagram: @dragons_podcast Support us: patreon.com/htbdpodcast Sign up for our newsletter: www.htbdpodcast.com Record a question or comment for us and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org Check out Melissa Pons' Swedish Forest Textures: https://melissapons.bandcamp.com/album/swedish-forest-textures
33 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
The subway can tell you a lot about the geography of a city. Who gets off where and why? But at the central station all those wires get crossed and people are there for all types of reasons to work, to shop, to hustle, to hand out, to protest, to get out as fast as possible. So T-Centalen ticks a lot of factors on the Stockholm spectrum between fear and security. 1) Crowded and 2) Unpredictable and 3) Controlled. We’ll be navigating all three of these as we do the unimaginable, take our time in T-Centralen. Twitter/Instagram: @dragons_podcast Support us: patreon.com/htbdpodcast Sign up for our newsletter: www.htbdpodcast.com Record a question or comment for us and send to: email@example.com
27 minutes | May 20, 2021
Stockholm: Little Saturday
In a country known for both pragmatic protestantism and Absolut Vodka, you can imagine there is some anxiety around alcohol, that swings between enjoyment and control. A spectrum of emotion that simmers in the background of Stockholm’s night life. So episode we’ll be talking about the party, the club, the bar, the night life of the city. Twitter/Instagram: @dragons_podcast Support us: patreon.com/htbdpodcast Sign up for our newsletter: www.htbdpodcast.com Record a question or comment for us and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
37 minutes | May 6, 2021
Families are a common political battle ground. What’s good or bad for families is a regular explanation for everything from censorship to over-policing to immigration intolerance. So if families are so worth providing for and so worth protecting, what exactly are they afraid of? What do kids and parents feel they need to be safe in the city? This episode we’ll be discussing how parents and kids navigate the city. What’s working for them and what really isn’t. Twitter/Instagram: @dragons_podcast Support us: patreon.com/htbdpodcast Sign up for our newsletter: www.htbdpodcast.com Record a question or comment for us and send to: email@example.com
40 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Knowing the rules and being able to navigate them can be a big part of feeling safe in the city. Whether newly arrived or born and bred, we’ll hear from Stockholmers trying to figure out the norms, how to use them, and how to change them. Will they have to bend to Stockholm or will Stockholm bend to them? Twitter/Instagram: @dragons_podcast Support us: patreon.com/htbdpodcast Sign up for our newsletter: www.htbdpodcast.com Record a question or comment for us and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Stockholm : On Extremism (MINI)
We are taking a small break from our regularly scheduled programming to give listeners a little taste of the mini episodes that Patreon subscribers receive every other week. That's right, for subscribers Here There Be Dragons is a weekly podcast. Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/htbdpodcast You might remember that in episode 2, The Malms, we interviewed a Swedish-Chilean woman, Paulina Torres. If you haven’t listened to that episode, you might want to go and listen to it. Paulina told us about a traumatizing experience she had when she was about 16 or 17, in 1996. She was in the metro with her mother and grandfather when they got attacked by a mob of neo-nazis. Her story made it all the way to public radio. A well-known Swedish reporter Bosse Lindquist got in touch with Paulina. Together they tried to get answers from the police who just would not follow up on Paulina’s complaint. Today on the mini, we talk with Bosse Lindquist about what happened to Paulina in 1996 and more generally about the rise of neo-nazism in Sweden in the 1990s.
29 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Stockholm: Segregation Part 2
Last episode, we learned about a few key concepts. The design and planning of the Million Program. The increase of working class immigrants in Swedish cities. And the privatization of public housing. These conditions all woven together created a situation where urban immigrant families were stuck living on Stockholm’s periphery, in housing that was aging and coming apart. We’re going to pick up where we left off, exploring how buildings became ideas.
30 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Stockholm: Segregation Part 1
The more we poked around the edges of what Stockholmers meant when they talked about the separation in their cities, we realized people were talking about many different things. Because segregation comes in many forms. Racial segregation is often the most obvious. But there is also class segregation, segregation by citizenship, by social status, by family size, by age. And the way these forms of separation impact you also influences which forms of separation you are able to perceive. This episode we will be exploring Stockholm's separations and where they came from.
25 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Housing is one of the hairiest urban planning questions. You have to get the balance absolutely perfect. If you build too much the cost of upkeep will bankrupt the state. But if you build too little, you’ll have a human crisis on your hands in no time. Sweden is a case study of this teeter totter, constantly chasing that perfect balance. And the right way to get it is always up for debate. Twitter/Instagram: @dragons_podcast Support us: http://patreon.com/htbdpodcast Sign up for our newsletter: www.htbdpodcast.com Record a question or comment for us and send to: email@example.com Also check out the music of Kristofer Svensson xkatedral.bandcamp.com/track/ir-himinn-gr-nn and Slackerist movecutclone.bandcamp.com/track/slacke…other-places.
34 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Stockholm: The Malms
No matter how neighborhoods change, old meanings and power structures remain. This episode, we explore how the power and wealth wielded in the neighborhoods of Södermalm, Östermalm, and Gamla Stan, impact city residents today. Check out Ellen Arkbo's music: https://ellenarkbro.bandcamp.com/album/for-organ-and-brass Twitter/Instagram: @dragons_podcast Sign up for our newsletter: www.htbdpodcast.com Record a question or comment for us and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
29 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Welcome to Stockholm! For all the city's seeming calm and quiet there were many stories of fear, safety, and identity to be told. We are excited to take you to the big little capital of Sweden, where one in every five Swedish residents call home. Let's find out how Stockholmers feel about their city's bigness and smallness. We are produced with the generous support of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts and Konstnarsnamden (The Swedish Arts Council. Our senior producer Adélie Pojzman-Pontay returns and we would also like to welcome our team of graduate assistants from the architecture department at the Rhode Island School of Design: Bilal Ismail Ahmed, Daniel Choconta Guerrero, Kimberly Ayala Najera, and Uthman Olowo. Fatou Camara consults for the show. Cory Jacobs does the music for the podcast. And the wonderful Adriene Lilly does our sound design. Support us on Patreon for HTBD stickers and exclusive mini-episodes spotlighting some amazing digressions that we can’t fit in the show. http://patreon.com/htbdpodcast Special thanks to Lev Bratishenko for voicing Ingmar Bergman. Also check out the music of Kristofer Svensson https://xkatedral.bandcamp.com/track/ir-himinn-gr-nn and Slackerist https://movecutclone.bandcamp.com/track/slackerist-skogas-other-places.
2 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
This time around Jess Myers returns alongside senior producer Adélie Pojzman-Pontay, to discuss the triumphs and trials of Stockholm, Sweden. Since the Cold War, Sweden has positioned itself as a third way between Soviet collectivism and American capitalism. Through the eyes of Stockholmers we explore how that vision has aged, as politics across the West seek to cast the country as the ideal of a socialist future or the crumbling of a failed experiment.
29 minutes | May 4, 2017
Paris: Centres (Season Finale)
Paris: Centres (Season Finale) by Jessica Myers
28 minutes | Apr 20, 2017
Paris: Utopie (Utopia)
It will come as no surprise to you that Paris, a city that is roughly two thousand years old, has had many plans for urban utopias. Utopias of morality, technology, health, and much more. Plans for the aristocracy, for the poor, for police, for immigrants and on and on. But one person’s utopia can be another person’s nightmare depending on who you talk to. In this episode we’ll be diving into the utopias scattered throughout Paris in the 20th century. Who were they built for and who were they built to keep out?
34 minutes | Apr 6, 2017
Paris: Frontières (Borders)
This episode will focus not just on the identities of people but of places. We’ll be talking about the way that Paris is divided through years of history, politics and design. Cities have significant physical and psychic borders that create local bias and affinities. Paris is no different.
30 minutes | Mar 23, 2017
Last episode we talked about “French hipsters” or bobos and the anxiety about being perceived as one. This episode we’ll be expanding our ideas about how people want to be perceived in public space. The stereotype of Parisians being stylish and glamorous trendsetters is nothing new. But the more you get to know the city the more you see how style can be contentious. It often dances along the fault lines of gender, class, religion, race, and sexuality. How people dress is directly influenced by how they want to be treated in public space.
20 minutes | Mar 9, 2017
Bobo means bourgeois-bohème; a left leaning, culture loving elite. Kind of the French version of the hipster. Someone of or joining a more comfortable class who likes to dabble in the cultural spaces of the working class and/or ethnic groups. The bobo like the hipster is the boogieman of gentrification. No one wants to be bobo and yet we see them everywhere. And with their presence goes the neighborhoods we knew. This episode will be dispatches from and on the edge of Boboland.
22 minutes | Feb 23, 2017
Paris: Communautarisme (Community)
Paris: Communautarisme (Community) by Jessica Myers
21 minutes | Feb 9, 2017
Paris: Mixité (Diversity)
Does a good social mix create greater security for urban residents? This episode we're talking mixité or diversity. How does it affect public space socially and politically in the Parisian region.
22 minutes | Jan 26, 2017
Paris: Attentats (Attacks)
Welcome back! This is the first episode of Here There Be Dragons season 2. This season we're listening to Parisians tell their stories of fear and identity in the city of lights. You might remember the horrifying news we’ve heard from Paris as terrorist attacks rocked the city. Three attacks in the past two years. The one on November 13th 2015 left 130 people dead and 413 injured. These attacks lead to increased media attention and speculation about whether France’s capital was safe, what to do from there and who to blame. In this episode we'll hearParisians talking about how the attacks affected them and how they see their safety in the city in their wake.
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