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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 312: Building Community in North Philly

December 3, 2020

This week on the podcast we’re joined by Nilda Ruiz, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Rose Gray, Senior Vice President, Community and Economic Development, both at APM (The Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha or Association of Puerto Ricans on the March). We chat about their LEED Platinum TOD and the community health benefits it confers in North Philadelphia as well as the community work and organizing they do for neighborhood residents. We also chat about the importance of transportation and the impacts of the current pandemic.

Follow below for the full (unedited) transcript:


Mondays 75: Lessons from the Field

November 17, 2020

Again we’re hanging out with our friends from election night!  That’s right, we’re sharing some of our election night shenanigans from the live stream we did on YouTube.  You can still find the original 7 hour video there to see everyone’s backgrounds and setups but we’re cutting it down here into some more bite size bits.

On this Mondays we’re sharing our discussions with Odetta Macleish White from the Transformation Alliance in Atlanta, Robin Hutcheson of the City of Minneapolis, and Darnell Grisby from Transform.

And hosting we’ve got Jerome Horne, Chrissy Mancini Nichols, Houstonians Christof Spieler and James Llamas and of course myself!  I hope you all are enjoying these discussions if you missed them.  The full video and backgrounds are on our YouTube channel with a timeline so that you can skip to your favorite speaker if you’re so inclined.

Podcast Transcript 307: The Ghost Road

November 9, 2020

This week we’re chatting with Anthony Townsend about his book Ghost Road: Beyond The Driverless Car.  We talk about the potential scary future financialization of transportation could create, how the pandemic has shot delivery automation into the future, and what the potential future of self driving vehicles could mean for urban form.


Podcast Transcript 300: Town Planning in Practice

This is episode 300!!  I can’t believe we made it this far! Thanks to Streetsblog for posting these shows since 2013. To celebrate, we’re sharing chapter one of our recently released audiobook “Town Planning in Practice” by Raymond Unwin. This classic from 1909 was one of the first to discuss town planning and urban design at the beginning of the 20th century.

This episode originally appeared at Streetsblog USA and a full transcript is below.


Podcast Transcript 299: Transit in the Pandemic

This episode, we’re chatting with David Huffaker, Chief Development Officer for the Port Authority of Allegheny County in the Pittsburgh region. David chats with us about transit operation’s during the pandemic emergency planning, the agency’s equity index and the future of streets.

First shared at Streetsblog USA, for a full transcript click below the fold.


Election Night YouTube Live Stream!

November 2, 2020

This election day in the United States join us for a live stream on YouTube with guests from around the country as we talk about transportation specific measures on local ballots.

Join us at https://www.youtube.com/user/theoverheadwire from 6ET/3PT to 1a ET/10PT to see what folks are saying about the future of transportation as we follow returns.  Follow on below for the full schedule:


Podcast Transcript 297: Just Sustainabilities with Julian Agyeman

October 28, 2020

In this episode, we’re joined by Julian Agyeman, professor at Tufts University, to talk about his work on equity, justice, and environmental sustainability in transportation and urban planning. We talk about food, the idea of belonging in cities, spatial justice, and reframing our language around the ideas of equity, dignity, and justice.

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The full transcript for Episode 297 is below:


Podcast Transcript 296: Stupid Ambitious in Costa Rica

In this episode, we’re joined by Andrea San Gil Leon, director of Agile City Partners, and environmental journalist Jocelyn Timperley to talk about transportation and climate action in Costa Rica. I came across their work after Timperley wrote an expansive piece for BBC Future. We chat about Costa Rica’s climate action from forest conservation to eco-tourism and the country’s transportation challenges and potential.

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The full transcript for Episode 296 is below:


Podcast Transcript 295: Valuing Black Lives and Property

In this episode, we’re joined by Andre Perry, Metropolitan Policy Fellow at the Brookings Institution, to talk about his new book Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities. Perry talks with us about growing up in suburban Wilkinsberg, Penn., and how he crunched the numbers of Black property devaluation in U.S. cities.

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The full transcript for Episode 295 is below:


New Podcast Feature: Search Transcripts

September 18, 2020

In addition to searching the news link archive, we now have access to search transcripts from the show, both Talking Headways and Mondays at The Overhead Wire.

If you are looking for a certain topic, type in a word, and it will start the show at that point.  Most of the transcripts aren’t edited all the way through, but it’s a pretty cool tool.  Click through to check it out.


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