686 October 18, 2019 Umbrellas Up For over 100 days now, protestors in Hong Kong have taken to the streets every weekend. What it’s like to live through that. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Share a clip Transcript Illustrations Hong Kong in 2047 We asked three illustrators to envision the future of the city. Prologue Prologue A 22-year-old woman has been going to protest in Hong Kong for more than four months. She’s got packing her bag for a protest down to a science. She shows host Ira Glass and producer Emanuele Berry what’s inside. (7 minutes) ByIra GlassEmanuele Berry Act One The Cursed Generation A bunch of 22-year-olds from Hong Kong explain why they are cursed and what that means for their and Hong Kong’s future. (17 minutes) ByIra GlassEmanuele Berry Act Two The Fight Ira and Emanuele go to a protest and get tear gassed in front of a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. (6 minutes) ByIra GlassEmanuele Berry Act Three Uncivil Disobedience Producer Emanuele Berry has a day at the mall unlike any other. (7 minutes) ByEmanuele Berry Act Four Good Cop, Dad Cop A protestor who thinks the Hong Kong police are terrible has a chat with his dad — a police officer. Alan Yu reports. (12 minutes) ByAlan Yu Act Five A Slow Boat to China Producer Diane Wu goes to a party. A Chinese flag party. ByDiane Wu Act Six Two Weeks Later The 22-year-old woman from the beginning of the show catches up with producer Diane Wu. Things are different. (7 minutes) ByDiane Wu Song:“Umbrella” by Ember Island Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 740: There. I Fixed It. July 2, 2021 Act Two: The Lonely Island For the last year, writer Karen Cheung has been watching her hometown of Hong Kong change in big and small ways under a new law, and wondering when and if leaving will be her last resort. 540: A Front Nov. 21, 2014 Act One: WTF, ATF? After John and Raquel published their story, the U.S. 547: Cops See It Differently - Part One Feb. 6, 2015 Act Two Brian continues his story. Staff RecommendationsView all 75 Sept. 12, 1997 Kindness of Strangers A locksmith tells the story of an act of kindness he committed, hoping for a small reward. That, and other stories of kindness in New York City. 354 Apr. 18, 2008 Mistakes Were Made Freezing dead people so scientists can reanimate them in the future is a lot harder than it sounds.