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 Share a clip Transcript Illustrations Hong Kong in 2047 We asked three illustrators to envision the future of the city. Prologue Prologue ByIra GlassEmanuele Berry 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) Act One The Cursed Generation ByIra GlassEmanuele Berry 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) Act Two The Fight ByIra GlassEmanuele Berry Ira and Emanuele go to a protest and get tear gassed in front of a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. (6 minutes) Act Three Uncivil Disobedience ByEmanuele Berry Producer Emanuele Berry has a day at the mall unlike any other. (7 minutes) Act Four Good Cop, Dad Cop ByAlan Yu A protestor who thinks the Hong Kong police are terrible has a chat with his dad — a police officer. Alan Yu reports. (12 minutes) Act Five A Slow Boat to China ByDiane Wu Producer Diane Wu goes to a party. A Chinese flag party. Act Six Two Weeks Later ByDiane Wu The 22-year-old woman from the beginning of the show catches up with producer Diane Wu. Things are different. (7 minutes) Song:“Umbrella” by Ember Island Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 229: Secret Government Jan. 10, 2003 Act Three: Secret Wiretaps From A Secret Court For over two decades, there's been a secret court in the United States called the FISA court (short for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act). 288: Not What I Meant May 6, 2005 Act One: Froggy Goes A-courtin' The story of a series of misunderstandings with very dire consequences. 523: Death and Taxes Apr. 25, 2014 Act One: Death This American Life producer Nancy Updike takes some personal questions about death and dying to a place where they're happening all the time. Staff RecommendationsView all 334 June 1, 2007 Duty Calls Josh's family didn't play much of a role in his daily life—until duty called, and they took over his life. 597 Sept. 23, 2016 One Last Thing Before I Go (2016) Ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones.