Marketplace discussion: Can Cairo afford globalization?

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Marketplace’s Scott Jagow sat down with Diane Singerman (she co-edited the book “Cairo Cosmopolitan.”)  to ponder: Can Cairo afford globalization?

Are Cairo’s citizen and tourist needs at odds? How can a city survive and flourish more than a millennium? As Jagow points out, “…modern Cairo dates back more than 1,000 years. How does a city that’s so old maintain its infrastructure?” Singerman acknowledges it is a difficult situation. It gave me pause. Humans like to remedy situations or search for answers, and I wondered what solutions or sensitivities we might identify in open conversation.

For discussion: Can Cairo find balance between its history and its future? How does it fit into the global perspective? Is this about culture or finances?

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Julia Schrenkler
Interactive Producer
Minnesota Public Radio
American Public Media


Note: This is an open discussion. I’ll continue with a conversation series about the Marketplace collection The Middle East at Work.

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