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GZERO Media and Citi Private Bank are pleased to present “Living Beyond Borders” with a special-edition podcast series, articles, and graphics that examine how our lives change as the world changes.

Episode 6: Big cities after COVID: boom or bust?


Listen: What will the cities of the future look like? Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the answer to that question was clearer: Urban areas around the world were on a trajectory of exponential growth, with 68% of the world's population expected to live in cities by 2050.

It's unlikely the pandemic can dramatically alter that unstoppable trend, particularly in developing nations. But it will no doubt be impacted by the economic and lifestyle changes this global crisis has brought, from New York to London to Tokyo and beyond.

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Listen: As global competition and a ratcheting pandemic blame game erode diplomatic relations between the US and China, GZERO Media and Citi Private Bank are taking a look at what that growing schism means for the economy, consumers, and the world order. In geopolitical circles it's known as "decoupling," a move toward a creation of separate systems for the US and China, particularly when it comes to technology. It's the biggest global shift since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and has wide-ranging implications that could leave other nations stuck in the middle--or forced to choose sides.

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Listen: Have you ever heard of Blue Zones? They're communities all around the globe—from Sardinia to Okinawa to Loma Linda, CA—where residents exceed the average human lifespan by years, and even decades. While they've been studied for the lessons we can learn about health, lifestyle, and environment, you don't have to live in a Blue Zone to experience increased longevity. It's happening everywhere. In fact, the number of people over 80 is expected to triple by 2050, reaching nearly half a billion.

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Listen: Globalism came with big promises—free trade, open borders, and a rising tide that would lift everyone's boat, including members of the working class. But decades into the experiment and months into the worst global crisis in a lifetime, nationalist populism is on the rise. In this critical moment, is there a way forward that continues the economic boom of globalism while more equitably distributing its benefits?

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Listen: In June of 2020, the world is facing an unprecedented two-fold crisis we didn't see coming just months ago. Global health experts are racing to eradicate the largest pandemic in more than a century, as governments and economists try to stabilize markets and get industries back to work again.

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