World in the Balance

Amazing NOVA: World in the Balance, on global forces of population, affluence and poverty, consumption and production, disease, etc. Casts a very wide net, but somehow manages not to treat subjects superficially; instead looking at the interplay of these forces, e.g. the rise of China as a nation of SUV-driving affluent polluters just like Americans: We export our culture to them, generating demand for a lifestyle that never existed there, they respond by exporting toxic pollution back across the sea to us in volumes that will soon dwarf our own export of same to the rest of the world. Well worth catching, look for reruns.

Music: David Bowie :: I’m Afraid Of Americans

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