March 2020, writer Craig Taylor believed he was finally done with his 11 year oral history project featuring the voices of people who live and work in New York City. He wasn’t. His incredible new book New Yorkers provides us with a number of first person accounts of the Covid19 crisis and primes us to think about what’s next for the city. Plus: photographer Renate Aller on the social distancing pictures she took on the street outside her Soho loft during the worst of the crisis.
We kick off our new ToE miniseries with a radical rethink on surveillance and the post pandemic city with theorist and writer Benjamin Bratton. His new book Revenge of the Real , both chronicles what went wrong during the crisis and offers a roadmap for how we can survive the next one. Also, your host visits the only New York city neighborhood that has gotten worse after covid, Hudson Yards, with journalist Charlie Warzel. Plus: we look back at one of the first viral videos shot in pandemic time.
Broken Windows revisited
Modern Policing owes a lot to the idea of Broken Windows theory, in this ToE we examine the roots of where this idea came from and the individuals who pushed it.
We revisit CRIME FILES a Police Foundation TV show from the 80s to better understand where Broken Windows comes from. PLUS 30 years ago falling glass from a Trump Tower window struck and killed one of two pedestrians. We go looking for the one who survived.
In 1982, the Police Foundation created a TV show with Broken Windows policing creator James Q. WIlson in the host chair. Here we can see the underlying principles of the theory of policing that dominates today.
White Collar Crime
The following year, Donald Trump killed a man on the street with glass from his tower. A nearby woman was merely injured. Almost 40 years later… does Trump finish the job?
UTOPIA: the Callaway Cut
Permaculture! Anarchy! Pagan sex dungeons!
ToE’s Andrew Callaway revisits his 2017 tour of intentional communities for our Utopia Series. We are calling this one UTOPIA: The Callaway Cut
The first stop on Andrew’s journey was Galt’s Retreat… a Libertarian community named after an Ayn Rand book it’s leader hadn’t even read.
You can now see Dustin Nemos on this silver screen… not just on pornhub — on HBO too!
In the 70s, The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee was the biggest hippie commune on the planet… but today it feels a little more like a suburb.
The Valley of the Dragons
Andrew’s seventh grade French teacher invites him to a secret pagan community to learn one last lesson… about sex magick!
Aidan, now 16, says that Earthaven was the perfect place to shelter in during the coronavirus pandemic. You can check out her music here.
After one year of island confinement, your host joins AlamoFort – a clubhouse alternative, and discovers a new community in the #covid1984 room. Plus the true meaning of the Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Island of the Dead Dolphins
This year your host wrote an original crime thriller for Audible Originals. Listen to the first chapter here, then go to Audible.com/Convolution and you can listen to the rest of the story. Rhea Seehorn leads an incredible cast as cybercrimes detective Sydney Birch. This 10-part police drama begins in Los Angeles with an investigation into a group of con men using machine learning to improve their scams and ends in Tibet with a long con involving reincarnation and an evolved artificial intelligence.