Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast

This week we’re joined by Patrick Oliva, the Co-Founder of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate to talk about decarbonization of transport.  We chat about electrification of the transport sector and what it means for climate change, the role cities need to play in the Paris process and what levels of government work best, and the what the focus should be for mayors in the coming decade.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_PO_06212017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

This week we’re joined by Matthew Heins to talk about his book The Globalization of American Infrastructure: The Shipping Container and Freight Transportation.  Matthew talks about how the American highway and rail systems created a global standard for shipping containers, the local actors shaping globalization, containerization’s effects on labor and relevance to an automated trucking future, and the massive intermodal terminals in cities like Chicago. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_MH_06092017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 5:07am EDT

This week we’re back with part 2 of our discussion with Dr. Lisa Schweitzer of USC’s Price School of Public Policy.  We talk about the idea of jobs housing balance, her blog post on the Smartest Boy Urbanist, her favorite planning books and mentors, and we get a preview of her upcoming book on firearms and cities. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_LS2_05312017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

This week we're joined by Dr. Lisa Schweitzer of USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy. For this first episode of two with Dr. Schweitzer we chat about how her students respond to urban planning classes, the recent dustup between bike advocates during a city council election in Los Angeles, and autonomous vehicles and land policy.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_LS_05252017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 5:37am EDT

This week we chat with Streetfilms own Clarence Eckerson Jr.  We chat about how he started making films and his beginnings with BikeTV.  Additionally, we talk about the best way to make films and what some of recommendations are for approaching people on the street.  There might also be a few stories about Veronica Moss, The Zozo, and The Color Gurple.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_CE_05042017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 4:47am EDT

This week we’re joined by Shelley Poticha, Director of NRDC’s Urban Solutions Program.  We chat about a couple of programs she’s working on at NRDC including SPARCC and the City Energy Project.  I ask about the Clean Power Plan and we talk about how FTA and HUD were finally connected as well as the 1993 book she wrote with Peter Calthorpe about TOD called The Next American Metropolis.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_SP_04272017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 5:35am EDT

This week we’re chatting with Matt Horton of Proterra, a company that designs and manufactures battery powered electric buses.  We chat about the basics of electric buses, power consumption and recharging, the benefits and costs, as well as possible environmental outcomes. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_MH_04202017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:23am EDT

This week we’re chatting with Chuck Wolfe about his new book Seeing the Better City.  We discuss how he makes his own urban diaries with images, the ability to sense events long passed in places we know, the best way for bloggers and urbanists to use pictures in their work and advocacy, and a future where images are data mined hopefully not resulting in the extermination of humans by our AI overlords. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_CW_04132017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 5:46am EDT

This week we’re joined by UITP’s Sylvain Haon ahead of the organization’s global public transport summit in Montreal.  We talk about big projects happening around the world, private and public moves towards mobility as a service, sustainable mobility planning in Europe, and how autonomous vehicles will help transit support a shared transportation future.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_SH_04072017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

I can’t believe this episode is finally out for everyone to hear!  Over a year ago I was approached by a colleague who told me that something big was happening in Oakland and that I should monitor the process as they try to put together a new Transportation Department.  This the first and hopefully not the last episode in this series I’m starting on the Oakland Transportation Department to cover how it came to be and what comes next.  This particular episode follows new advocacy group Transport Oakland as a parklet project they wanted to see completed became political.  Future episodes will cover more politics and mechanics of the department specifically, but I thought this would be a good starting point.  So I hope you enjoy this first part of the series, and hopefully it won’t take another year to get to episode 2!

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_Oak1v2_03312017.mp3
Category:transportation -- posted at: 1:22am EDT