'Containers' Explores Role of Bay Area Container Shipping in World Economy

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Container ships sit moored at the Port of Oakland on February 11, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If you want to understand the complex reality of capitalism, there's no better microcosm than the system that moves containers around the world. That's according to Fusion's Alexis Madrigal, whose new radio documentary "Containers" examines the role Bay Area container shipping played in the development of our current economic order. The eight part series brings listeners through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes, and traces the roots of our global economic system to the Port of Oakland, right at the foot of the Bay Bridge. Madrigal joins Forum to discuss "Containers" and how the Bay Area shipping industry helped shape global capitalism.

'The Containers' Series (Soundcloud.com)

Listen to the First Episode:


Alexis Madrigal, editor at large, Fusion; creator and host, "Containers"