he way we live is predicated on our ability to move goods from one part of the world - say, Asia, where so many of the things we like are made - to another part of the world - say, the voraciously consuming West. The vast majority of this movement takes place across our oceans, and we knew that, in a distant sort of way, but we hadn't given much thought to the complex logistics that make modern maritime shipping work, let alone the human capital and knife-edge financials on which they hinge. This documentary series reveals the cogs that keep stuff moving around our world - that get coffee beans, for example, from Ecuadorian farms and Kenyan auction halls to baristas in Brooklyn. But it also exposes the darker realities that attend our demand for cheap, fast goods, including air pollution, sunk ships, and the dehumanisation of men who spend most of their lives at sea, wondering when their jobs will be subsumed by automation. Who knew shipping could be this gripping? It's an eight-part series, with two still to come, produced by journalist Alexis Madrigal for Fusion and edited by Arrvls' Jonathan Hirsch.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1: Welcome to Global Capitalism (1 Mar 2017) / Episode 5: The America-First Ships (29 Mar 2017)
From: Fusion Media