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Exchange Exemplar: Dark Ages Lead To Renaissance... Again?

Florence (Firenze), Italy, the heart of the first Renaissance.
Florence (Firenze), Italy, the heart of the first Renaissance.

A quick glance at news headlines makes at least a few people think we're living in the dark ages.

But it could be quite the opposite, if not immediately. In the book Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance, author Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna draw parallels with the original Renaissance, which followed widespread plague and death.

And they wrote their book before the COVID-19 pandemic, which perhaps underscores their thesis. We explore it in this interview from 2018.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.