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14 December 2017

Episode 322

30 minutes


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As homelessness rises in London, we hear about a train station turning into a shelter over Christmas. Plus: the Galápagos Islands’ growing population, Los Angeles’ first mobile bookstore and an audio essay about Berlin.

14 December 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

London: Euston Station

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This year Network Rail, which is in charge of managing train stations, decided to open up London’s Euston Station and turn it into a homeless shelter for the day.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

Galápagos Islands

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The ballooning human presence on the islands is presenting a unique set of challenges for the islands’ ecosystems as well as the urban designers planning for the future.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Berlin: cities within cities

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Whether through gradual expansion or the extensive post-war rebuilding that saw it become a test subject for urban planners, Berlin has developed into a cluster of distinct city centres.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

LA: Twenty Stories

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We turn our gaze to Los Angeles where our own Tomos Lewis stumbled upon the city’s first mobile bookstore.

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