Welcome to The 2023 Podcast
It is spring of 2023, humankind overcame and stopped the corona epidemic in 2021. After curfews, travel restrictions, social distancing, sickness and death of loved ones, friends, acquaintances and personalities of contemporary history the world returned to normal.
What will our life look like in in spring 2023 – after Corona? What innovations will the virus bring to the world and our very own everyday life? How are we dealing with the shock, suddenly having realized how vulnerable we are, that our personal freedom – after lockdowns and socialization bans – is not always guaranteed, that food and disinfectants can be rare and out of stock.
In this podcast, the host Agnes Kunkel will discuss with her guests from various backgrounds the different outcomes of the corona pandemic for our future in politics, economy, urban planning, our private and everyday life, health systems, culture, digitization, mass surveillance and privacy.
Public Transit in 2023 with Paul Comfort
Public transport has been hit hard by COVID-19. With ridership significantly down, leading to considerable financial distress for public transport operators. The good news: there is growing evidence that public transport riders do not face higher infection risk than anyone else.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, most public transport operators have quickly stepped up and taken concrete action to make transit systems COVID-safe for staff and passengers. Paul Comfort, an expert on leadership, transportation infrastructure and trends, and former CEO of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), explains how we must keep the momentum going to preserve the appeal of public transport, for the sake of public health, economic recovery, and environmental sustainability.
Smart Collaboration in 2023 with Heidi Gardner
Gender Equality in 2023 with Titan Alon
Host Agnes Kunkel and Titan Alon, Assistant Professor at UC San Diego for Economics, putting forward ideas for policymakers to take the gender perspective into account when it comes to making important decisions during and after the pandemic that will affect all our lives. And with fathers spending more time at home, it could be an opportunity for them to engage more in caring for their children.
Remote Work and Cyber Security in 2023 with James Fair