Ep 03 - CHAOS meets CONTROL at Burning Man | KALW

Ep 03 - CHAOS meets CONTROL at Burning Man

Nov 26, 2019

1996 was a turning point for Burning Man. It was also the last year co-founder John Law attended. Two people were run over in their tents. And another person died in a head-on collision right before the gates opened. The next year, organizers tried to tame the chaos with a bunch of new rules and a grid of streets. It was too much of a compromise for Law. So, he walked away. In this episode of THE INTERSECTION at Burning Man, we talked about that and more at his office in Tribune Tower in Oakland.

"I think by then it was doubling in size every year. And I knew where I knew we were headed for disaster — there's no way around it." — John Law

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THE INTERSECTION looks at changing cities through physical intersections. This time we’re doing something different: The city is temporary and the intersections are conceptual. We’re heading to a remote corner of Nevada for Burning Man. 

THE INTERSECTION is a co-production of David Boyer and KALW. 

Jonathan Davis is the associate producer. This episode was edited by Ben Trefny. And engineered for your listening pleasure by Gabe Grabin with music from Erik Pearson and Blue Dot Sessions.

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