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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 366: Inherent Transportation Expertise

January 20, 2022

This week we’re joined by Anna Zivarts from Disability Rights Washington and Paulo Nunes-Ueno from Front and Centered. They join us to talk about the Disability Mobility Initiative and story map, as well as the Mobility Bill of Rights.  We also chat about why mobility experiments might make travel harder for disabled travelers and why a core part of anyone’s civil rights should be the ability to be safe on the road.

You can listen to the episode at Streetsblog USA or at our hosting site.

A full unedited transcript is below:

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 365: A City is Not a Computer

January 13, 2022

This week we’re joined by Shannon Mattern, professor of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. Shannon talks with us about her new book A City is Not a Computer: Other Urban Intelligences.  We discuss the ideas of smartness versus wisdom, the idea of maintenance as a way of absorbing information, and the city as a processing machine, just not in the ways you might automatically think.

You can listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or the Libsyn Archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 364: Creating a Better Transit Board

January 6, 2022

This week on the podcast, we’re back at last fall’s virtual Railvolution conference. Former BART GM Grace Crunican moderates a panel discussing the role of board members in transit agencies with Former MBTA board member Monica Tibbits-Nutt and former Houston Metro board member Christof Spieler. They talk about how to deal with board members with opposite ideas, how to help agency staff, and using the budget as a policy document.

To listen to the episode, find the audio on Streetsblog USA or our Libsyn archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 363: Not Just Wires, Pipes, and Roads

December 16, 2021

This week we’re joined by Michael Spotts, a senior visiting research fellow at ULI’s Terwiliger Center for Housing and head of Neighborhood Fundamentals. Michael chats with us about takeaways from the Shaw Symposium on Urban Community Issues, the definition of infrastructure, and the importance of taking a systems approach to important interconnected topics like transportation, education, and health care.

Below is a full unedited transcript.  If you wish to listen to the show you can do so at Streetsblog USA or our hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 362: The Traffic War is Never Won

December 8, 2021

This week we’re joined by University of Virginia Associate Professor Peter Norton, to talk about his new book Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving.  Peter discusses the false promises of auto makers and technologists and the mobility solutions that are already in front of us.

To listen to this episode, find it at Streetsblog USA or the Libsyn hosting page.

Below is a full and unedited transcript:

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Mondays 101: Auto Nostalgia and the Oil Crisis

December 7, 2021

This episode of Mondays we’re joined by Gabrielle Esperdy, a professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a contributing writer for Places. This episode was produced in partnership with Places Journal.

Gabrielle discusses her piece ‘Twilight of Autopia‘ in Places, which includes a deep dive into nostalgia, thoughts on the word sprawl, and the ultimate cultural impact of the 1970s oil crisis.


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 361: Infrastructural Optimism

December 2, 2021

This week we’re joined by Linda Samuels, associate professor of urban design at Washington University in St. Louis to talk about her book Infrastructural Optimism. We chat about how growth for growth’s sake is not the answer, learn from post modernist urbanism, and why systems should be more connected.

Listen to the audio of this episode first at Streetsblog USA or in the Libsyn archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 360: Transit Expansion and Service in the Pandemic

November 17, 2021

This week we’re at the 2021 Virtual Railvolution conference. Adelee Le Grand, CEO of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit System in Tampa moderates a panel featuring Debra Johnson, GM and CEO of RTD in Denver and Peter Rogoff, CEO of Sound Transit in Seattle. Johnson and Rogoff discuss transit expansion plans and progress in their respective regions as well as how they kept things going during the pandemic.

To listen to the audio of this show, you can find it at Streetsblog USA and at Libsyn.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 359: Streets are Not Just Pipes

November 10, 2021

This week we’re joined by Miami of Ohio Geography Professor David Prytherch. David chats with us about his recent journal article in Urban Geography: Reimagining the physical/social infrastructure of the American street.  We talk about businesses newfound interest in the street, equity and ethical discussions about rights to the street, and the new pandemic paradigm of open streets.

You can listen to the show at Streetsblog USA or on our libsyn archive.

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Mondays #100! Double Infrastructure All the Way

November 9, 2021

Well it’s finally infrastructure week. We definitely timed it to coincide with our 100th episode of Mondays. Tracy and I get into some of the lesser discussed details of the IIJA bill while also covering a few stores from the newsletter including, French bookshop protection, Vienna’s urban flood protection, housing rejection in SF, indoor methane issues, and the idea of cluster commutes. And Chrissy joins us towards the end to celebrate it being episode 100.

Infrastructure details from the National Association of Counties.


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 358: A National Perspective with Jannet Walker Ford

November 4, 2021

This week we’re joined by Jannet Walker-Ford, National Transit and Rail Lead at WSP. We chat about high speed rail around the country, the benefits of trade and research groups, escalating transit project costs, and our current transport policy environment.

To listen to this episode, you can find it on Streetsblog USA or at Libsyn.

For a full unedited transcript, check below the fold.

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Mondays 99: The Halloween Highway

October 26, 2021

This week we’re joined by Josh Fairchild, Co-Founder of Transit Matters, a transit advocacy organization in Boston. Josh tells us about his recent trip to California and his experience with BART after a long flight. We also talk about our slate of news including the end of Alitalia Airlines, the idea of Planet City, Seattle’s experiment with e-bike deliveries, and how the human brain navigates cities.


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 356: Partisanship and Transportation

October 21, 2021

This week we’re joined by Kelcie Ralph, Nick Klein, and Calvin Thigpen to talk about their recent paper ‘Political Partisanship and Transportation Reform’ written with Anne Brown in the Journal of The American Planning Association.  We chat about why they wrote the paper, what they found out about partisanship and transportation policy, and why all sides of the political spectrum have little understanding of induced demand.

Below is a full unedited transcript of the show. Listen to the episode at Streetsblog USA or our hosting page on Libsyn.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 354: Active Transportation Laws in Berlin

October 7, 2021

This week we’re joined by Roland Stimpel of The German Pedestrian Association Fussverkehr.  Roland chats with us about Berlin’s new mobility laws including the 2018 Mobility Act and 2021’s pedestrian law amendments. We also talk about SUVs, the struggle to find public servants, and Ampelmännchen, the traffic light man.

Below is a full unedited transcript. To listen to the episode, you can find it at Streetsblog USA or Libsyn.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 353: Depave Cities

September 30, 2021

This week on the podcast we’re joined by Mary Pat McGuire, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois.  Mary Pat talks with us about what happens to water after it hits the pavement, the damaging environmental impacts of covering cities in pavement, and steps we can take to reduce runoff in green cities.

You can find the audio of this episode at Streetsblog USA and Libsyn.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 352: The Community Knows What it Wants

September 22, 2021

This month on the Railvolution podcast we’re joined by Duncan Hwang, Interim Co-Director of the Asian Pacific Network of Oregon and Gauri Rajbaidya, architect and senior associate at SERA. They chat with us about community driven development in Portland’s Jade District and how it’s connected to the rest of the region.

To listen to this episode, visit Streetsblog USA or our audio page.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 351: The Rules Require Death

September 16, 2021

This week we’re joined by Dr. Megan Ryerson, UPS Chair of Transportation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. Dr. Ryerson joins us to talk about her research on cognitive workload, measuring the stress of cyclists at intersections. We also chat about transportation during the pandemic, the uneven power dynamics in traffic safety between cars and bikes/pedestrians, and how safety and an inability to navigate are access restrictions.

For a full unedited transcript, follow below. To listen to the audio, you can find it here or at Streetblog USA.

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