Geographer Reece Jones discusses his recent book “Border Walls,” examining the history of how and why societies have chosen to literally wall themselves apart. He gives a brief history of political maps, how international lines reshape landscapes, and how the trend towards increased border wall construction contrasts with the view of a “borderless” world under globalization. Jones also reveals which border wall is actually visible from space.
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Dr. Jones’ research in political geography investigates borders, states, nations, and the concept of sovereignty. He is particularly interested in the changing role political borders and cultural boundaries play in the era of ‘globalization’ and the ‘global war on terror.’ He is currently teaching in the Department of Geography at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He is also a faculty affiliate and serve on the executive committee of the Center for South Asian Studies at UHM and he is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Political Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.
Mike Osborne is currently a fifth year PhD student using stable isotope and trace metal geochemistry to analyze coral records from the western Pacific. In particular, he is interested in decadal scale variability and dynamics in the El Niño/La Niña Southern Oscillation (ENSO) system. His current fieldwork is done in the Republic of Palau and Easter Island. In addition to his paleoclimate research, Mike has developed and taught science communication courses at Stanford. These courses are project-based and generally focus on 21st century environmental issues.
Leslie Chang is a recent graduate of Stanford University, where she studied Earth Systems and creative writing. She has been a correspondent for Generation Anthropocene since the podcast’s earliest days, and fully joined the team after graduating in June 2012. In her spare time, she might be found camping, cooking, or enjoying a book with a mug of coffee. She is an avid fan of NPR, sea otters, SNL, and anyone who posts interesting articles to Twitter. That could be you.