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12 October 2017

Episode 313

30 minutes


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We find out how a tent used by Mongolian nomads is getting a facelift, we take the temperature of the race for the mayor’s office in New York and hear about the country with the most freshwater in the world – that also suffers from drought. Plus: Amsterdam bans tourist shops in its city centre.

12 October 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Mongolia: Gerhub

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In Mongolia about 60 per cent of Ulaanbaatar’s residents live in informal settlements surrounding the capital, known as ‘gers’. New social-enterprise NGO Gerhub wants to modernise these traditional nomad tents.

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Chapter 2

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Brazil: water, water everywhere

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Brazil has more fresh water than any other country in the world – yet it also experiences drought. How come?

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The race for New York

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Earlier this week all eyes descended upon the televised debate between the candidates running for NYC’s mayor: Bill de Blasio, Nicole Malliotakis and Bo Dietl.

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Global check-in

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It's time for an urbanism news update from our correspondents in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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