Will Meets Way At Burning Man | KALW

Will Meets Way At Burning Man

Dec 10, 2019

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Burning Man is guided by the so-called "10 Princples," one of which is radical inclusion. What does that mean for people with disabilities? Especially at an event that spans seven-square miles of cracked desert, and the most common form of transit is biking.

A little history. Over the last 30-plus years the event has grown from a few dozen people on San Francisco’s Baker Beach to upwards of 80 thousand in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and now spans nearly seven square miles of dry cracked land — the size of Manhattan below 42nd Street.

This episode in our ongoing series, THE INTERSECTION at BURNING MAN, looks at where will meets way at Burning Man. And how a community bands together to make their city more accessible. 

"We're not caregivers...We don't do it for you. We make it possible for you to do it." - Rat Lady, Mobility Camp lead.

If you’ve been thinking about going to Burning Man and weren’t sure how to do it, check out Mobility Camp’s website. They’re always looking for new campmates of all abilities — especially ones with big trucks.

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 Lisa Morehouse. And engineered for your listening pleasure by Gabe Grabin with music from Erik Pearson and Blue Dot Sessions.

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