The Atlas Project

Conversations That Navigate The Now

About the show

It’s a new world. To navigate it, we need new maps. Each episode, best-selling author Chris Kutarna and Scott Jones soar 50,000 feet above the immediate headlines in politics, economics, science and society. The Atlas Project aims to reveal the big picture of where humanity is headed, and the choices we all need to face.

Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 52: Who Are The Innovators?

    Episode  |  July 31st, 2021  |  1 hr 7 mins
    climate change, community, innovators, society

    Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna ask: who are the innovators in our strained society? Building on Merton’s Strain Theory, Scott and Chris explore our relationships to the mainstream from climate to cryptocurrency.

  • Episode 51: Rethinking Work and Play

    Episode  |  July 1st, 2021  |  1 hr 10 mins
    dnd, geeks, marvel, productivity, work-life balance

    Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna have a frank conversation about work and play. From sports to the Marvel Universe, Scott and Chris chat about what play can tell us about society and ourselves.

  • Episode 50: What Is Inequality?

    Episode  |  June 16th, 2021  |  58 mins 18 secs
    economic inequality, economics, history, politics, social inequality

    Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna explore the timeless question of. In this episode, they dig into: “What’s the nature of equality?” In the context of the tax rate revelations from Pro Publica, Scott and Chris explore the history of equality and what it means today.

  • Episode 49: What Does Money Mean Now?

    Episode  |  June 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 14 mins
    cryptocurrency, economy, politics, us budget

    Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna explore the timeless question of money & value. In this episode, they dig into: “What does money mean now?” In the context of record-breaking federal budgets, crypto currency, meme stocks and more, Scott and Chris explore money and value from the 6th century Hebrew prophets to Chris’ childhood allowance.

  • Episode 48: Are We Part Of Nature?

    Episode  |  May 30th, 2021  |  1 hr 9 mins
    climate change, environment, politics

    Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna explore the timeless question of sustainability. Scott and Chris ask, “Are we part of nature?” In the context of Ford’s big announcement about their move to electric for the classic F150 (and Biden’s excitement after a test drive), Scott and Chris explore the environment and our relationship to it through politics, philosophy, religion, and pop culture references.

  • Episode 47: Is Religion Oppressive?

    Episode  |  May 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 15 mins

    Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna explore the timeless question of religious impact on society. Asking “Is religion oppressive?” in the context of the escalating Israel/Palestine conflict, Scott and Chris explore this universal piece of human existence through political and social evolution.

  • Episode 46: Who Owns Your Story?

    Episode  |  May 6th, 2021  |  1 hr 23 mins

    In this episode we talk about our stories and who owns them. In the age of big tech and social media, who has ownership of the stories we tell on the platforms they provide? How does telling our story in a digital world shape our identities and inform what it means to be human?

  • Episode 45: More On The Frame

    Episode  |  March 12th, 2021  |  43 mins 9 secs

    In this episode we keep reflecting on the frames that shape how we see the world. This will be the theme for our upcoming Basecamp meeting on March 21st.

  • Episode 44: Framing the Picture

    Episode  |  March 4th, 2021  |  31 mins 41 secs

    In this episode we talk about frames and what they allow us or prevent us from seeing. It will be the topic for the March Basecamp meeting.

  • Episode 43: Reflecting on Basecamp's Build Back Better Conversation

    Episode  |  March 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In this episode we look back at the most recent Basecamp conversation. The theme was Build, Back, Better.

  • Episode 42: Build Back Better

    Episode  |  February 14th, 2021  |  1 hr 12 mins

    In this episode we talk about this month's Basecamp theme: Build Back Better.

  • Episode 41: What Has 2020 Revealed To You?

    Episode  |  December 15th, 2020  |  35 mins 50 secs

    We recorded this episode right after the January Basecamp meeting. We took the time to unpack the same question all of our campers grappled with together. It was a really fun, engaging, and revealing conversation. We hope you enjoy it!

  • Episode 40: Does Democracy have a Shelf Life?

    Episode  |  November 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins

    In this episode we ask about the enduring power of western style democracy. Does it have a long shelf life? What threat does China pose to it's claims to being a healthy, robust structure for social order and human flourishing?

  • Episode 39: The New Normal....?

    Episode  |  October 31st, 2020  |  35 mins 17 secs

    In this episode we return from our summer break to consider what it means to live in "the new normal." Is the idea of a new normal even helpful or is it misleading?

  • Episode 38: What Would You Give Up?

    Episode  |  July 24th, 2020  |  26 mins 59 secs

    In this episode we talk about what we've had to give up in the midst of the Covid Pandemic. Then we ask, what would we be willing to give up in the future to make the world a better place?

  • Episode 37: Can Humans Manage Risk?

    Episode  |  July 11th, 2020  |  54 mins 9 secs

    In this episode we talk about risk. When there's a pandemic and you have choices of what to do and where to go, how do you make them? Are we good at assessing risk? What kind of factors influence what kind of risks we're willing to take? As things begin to slowly open up, can we be trusted to make good decisions in the age of Covid-19?