Steve Inskeep — All Things Considered interview….We host him Oct 24 at Live Talks LA
For all you NPR fans and listeners of Morning Edition, we are pleased to be hosting Steve Inskeep in conversation with his Morning Edition co-host, Renee Montagne, Oct 24th at Track 16. Ticket info here.
He was on All Things Considered yesterday. Hear the piece here, and read about it. Here’s an excerpt:
Pakistan’s port city of Karachi is 30 times larger now than it was at the end of World War II. That tremendous growth caught the interest of NPR’s Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep, who has made numerous reporting trips to Pakistan over the past decade. In his new book, Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, Inskeep explores the growing pains — and the vitality — of a city experiencing explosive population growth.
“Karachi is an example of something that is happening all around the world,” Inskeep tells Michele Norris on All Things Considered. “There’s been an incredible growth of urban areas since the end of World War II even in the United States. [Metropolitan] Los Angeles is more than three times larger than it was. … Houston is six times larger. Istanbul is 10 times larger. … We could go around the world like this.”
Inskeep set out to explore what happens when a city experiences this sort of rapid population expansion. “It’s not just the birth rate; it’s mass migration,” he explains. “And that means it is different kinds of people coming together and clashing in this landscape that, for all of them, is entirely new. The city as we see it today didn’t really exist 30, 40, 50, 60 years ago.”