Scotch, spray bottles, and a GPS unit

The BBC Box heads across America

Monday, December 08, 2008

Equipped with GPS, a humble shipping container reveals the story of the global economy.
The BBC placed a GPS unit on a shipping container and started to track it on a year long journey around the globe. Jeremy Hillman, the business and economics editor for the BBC, discusses the BBC Box's contents and travels. He joins John and Adaora from London.

Guests:

Jeremy Hillman

Contributors:

Kent DePinto

Comments [3]

J Moore

Our global economy is largely dependent upon shipping containers.

Al Qaida and company wants to disrupt the global economy, by any extremity of means they can muster.

Motive + Opportunity = ?

It seems not a matter of if, but of when. So what are the authorities prepared to do the day we see containers simultaneously detonating in ports across the world? Does trade stop?

Dec. 08 2008 09:11 AM
Brodie Hefner

There is an excellent book, now available in paperback, about Malcom McLean and the other visionaries who transformed world-wide shipping (and the world as we know it) through the innovation of containerization:

http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8131.html

It's called:

The Box:
How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
Marc Levinson

Short-listed for the 2006 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year
Winner of the 2007 Bronze Independent Publisher Book Award, Finance/Investment/Economics category
Honorable Mention, 2006 John Lyman Book Award, Science and Technology category, North American Society for Ocean History
Winner of the 2007 Anderson Medal, Society for Nautical Research

Dec. 08 2008 08:53 AM
Randy Hilst

This was a very interesting and insightful segment. If you plan to do more on this general topic, I would like to recommend that you might want to look at a book that just came out a couple weeks ago: Slow Money by Woody Tasch. The book offers a big picture look at global vs. local issues and puts forth an innovative point of view on the subject of the global economy.
You all do a great job. Thank you for putting on such a stimulating and entertaining show.

Dec. 08 2008 07:27 AM

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