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Containers is an 8-part audio documentary about how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. Host and correspondent Alexis Madrigal leads... more

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Episode 8: Robots, Piers Full of Robots

In the conclusion of this series, we peer into the future of human-robot combinations on the waterfront and in the... more

19 Apr 2017 · 31 minutes
Episode 7: The Lost Docks

It’s 1979 and containerization is sweeping through the San Francisco waterfront, leaving the old docks in ruins. As global trade... more

12 Apr 2017 · 39 minutes
Episode 6: And They Won, They Won Big

It started with a puzzle: why were people in West Oakland dying 12-15 years earlier than their counterparts in the wealthier... more

05 Apr 2017 · 31 minutes
Episode 5: The America-First Ships

American companies pioneered container shipping, but now the ocean freight business is dominated by foreign firms. Thanks to the Jones... more

28 Mar 2017 · 28 minutes
Episode 4: The Hidden Side of Coffee

The coffee world has changed since Starbucks rose to prominence. Not only has the sourcing of beans acquired wine-like precision, but... more

21 Mar 2017 · 35 minutes
Episode 3: The Ships, The Tugs, and the Port

You know you’ve always wanted to ride in a tugboat as it pushes around a huge cargo ship, right? Well,... more

14 Mar 2017 · 31 minutes
Episode 2: Meet the Sailors

What is life like as a modern sailor, a tiny person on a huge ship in a vast ocean? Here... more

07 Mar 2017 · 26 minutes
Episode 1: Welcome to Global Capitalism

Alexis Madrigal brings you the gripping story of how a new way of shipping stuff across the ocean fed the... more

28 Feb 2017 · 41 minutes
Introducing Containers

Containers provides an illuminating, deep, and weird look at how capitalism works now. It's about huge ships and global trade... more

24 Feb 2017 · 4 minutes
Episode 8: Robots, Piers Full of Robots