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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 349: Active Transportation Parades

September 1, 2021

This week we’re joined by new Rail~Volution CEO Tamar Shapiro. We chat about her previous work in transportation and city planning at orgs like NUMO and The Governor’s Institute, how to measure transportation success, and the transportation parades before German soccer games.

For the audio of this show, check out the archive at Streetsblog USA.

Below is a full unedited transcript (computer generated):


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 348: New Mobilities with Todd Litman

August 25, 2021

This week we’re joined by Todd Litman, Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Todd discusses his book New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies. We reframe the transportation investments we make, talk about sharing information, and discuss why air taxis might not be the future.

You can find the episode audio at Streetsblog USA. The unedited transcript is below:


Mondays 95: Connecting the Dots

August 23, 2021

This week on the Mondays show, we chat about a number of different big articles from the last few weeks including TXDOT’s freeway expansions, using the Commerce Clause to rethink zoning, working from home and more! I’m Han Solo this week but I’ve pulled together a couple of the recent newsletter intros as well.



July 23, 2021

Just a heads up for folks that visit this site daily for news.  We’ll be on vacation this last week in July but will be back on August 2nd.  Thanks so much for coming to the site!

Mondays 93: Advocates to Elected Officials

July 12, 2021

This week on Mondays at The Overhead Wire, we share a bit of the news from the last few weeks, but then Mesa Arizona City Council Member Francisco Heredia and Charlotte City Council Member Braxton Winston talk with each other about their journeys from being an advocate to elected officials. This episode initially was shared on the Rail~Volution podcast, but now you can check it out here as well.

For the links from the show, see below the fold.


Mondays 91: Ten Senator Monte

June 15, 2021

This week on Mondays, Chrissy Mancini Nichols joins the show and we talk about the weight of EVs, Amazon’s dangerous delivery algorithm, and of course the many infrastructure bills and plans. Check below for the links.


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 337: Putting City Character and Authenticity in Context

June 10, 2021

This week we’re joined once again by author Chuck Wolfe to talk about his book Sustaining a City’s Culture and Character.  We talk about sustainable travel and the “character” and “authenticity” of places.  We also talk in detail about the importance of context when considering planning for the future.

For the full (unedited for now) podcast, hop below the fold.


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 336: More Highways, More Driving

June 3, 2021

This week we’re joined by Ben Holland, Senior Associate at the Rocky Mountain Institute to talk about important strategies for reducing emissions in the transportation and land use sectors.  We talk about the disconnect between techno-optimists and urbanists in climate change approach, RMI’s new Colorado induced travel calculator, and the hard choices regions have on transportation and development.

Below is a full (unedited for now) transcript:


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 335: A Framework for Inclusive Healthy Places

May 27, 2021

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Maki Kawaguchi, a Director at Gehl to talk about the Inclusive Healthy Places Framework.  Sharon and Maki talk about the importance of creating spaces that bring dignity to all users, the importance of evaluating existing spaces, and creating a data driven and people first approach to creating inclusive healthy places.

For a complete (and for now unedited) transcript, click below the fold:


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 333: Scheduling Cities and An Infrastructure Optimization

May 13, 2021

This week we’re joined by Laura Schewel, Co-founder and CEO of Streetlight Data and Carlo Ratti, Director of MIT’s SENSEible City Lab to talk about what we’ve learned from data during the pandemic. They also chat about what it would mean for infrastructure to be optimized if we rescheduled cities in a way that works for everyone at all times of day.

For the full (currently unedited) transcript click through below:


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