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The War on Cars is a podcast about car culture, mobility and the future of cities. We bring you news, commentary and stories about the worldwide battle to undo a century's worth of damage wrought by the automobile. The War on Cars is waged by three leading voices of the livable streets movement, Doug Gordon, Sarah Goodyear and Aaron Naparstek. Liberate your city. Enlist today in The War on Cars.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

The War on Cars is a podcast about car culture, mobility and the future of cities. We bring you news, commentary and stories about the worldwide battle to undo a century's worth of damage wrought by the automobile. The War on Cars is waged by three leading voices of the livable streets movement, Doug Gordon, Sarah Goodyear and Aaron Naparstek. Liberate your city. Enlist today in The War on Cars.

    The High Cost of Free Parking with Donald Shoup

    The High Cost of Free Parking with Donald Shoup

    Parking is at the heart of every fight about how we build our cities and towns, with effects that go far beyond transportation. Minimum parking requirements  — laws that dictate how many parking spaces are required for various types of buildings and businesses — make housing more expensive, raise the price of goods and services and exacerbate sprawl, making congestion and the climate crisis much, much worse. Thankfully, a movement is afoot to end parking minimums, inspired by the work of Donald Shoup.
    Shoup, the Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning, is the author of the 2005 book The High Cost of Free Parking. It’s an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to understand the problems with parking. Professor Shoup — aka the Shoup Dogg — joins us for a spirited conversation about how to win what he calls “the war on parking subsidies.”
    This episode is sponsored by Cleverhood. Receive 15% off anything in the Cleverhood store using the special coupon code in this episode. Good for a limited time only! 
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon and receive exclusive access to ad-free versions of all new episodes, Patreon-only bonus content and free stickers!
    Buy The War on Cars merch in our store.
    LINKS:
    Learn all about Donald Shoup at ShoupDogg.com.
    Read The High Cost of Free Parking.
    Join The Parking Reform Network and end parking requirements where you live.
    Donald Shoup gets animated on Adam Ruins Everything.
    This episode was produced by Doug Gordon, edited by Ali Lemer, and recorded by Josh Wilcox of the Brooklyn Podcasting Studio. Our theme music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo was designed by Dani Finkel of Crucial D Designs. 
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    • 45 min
    Deconstructing Muscle Car City

    Deconstructing Muscle Car City

    In Part 1, Welcome to Muscle Car City, we met Denys da Menace, a young New York City guy who does “donuts” and "burnouts" in a souped-up Dodge Charger as part of the Brooklyn Hemi Boyz car club. Then in Part 2, We Are in the Movie, we rode along in what was supposed to be the biggest, loudest, craziest car meet of the summer. Now Sarah, Doug, and Aaron are going to break it down and talk about it. Why did muscle-car culture become so big during the first two years of the pandemic? How do car club members afford to keep their expensive hobby going? And why are we allowing automakers to put these products on public streets while encouraging young men to use them as dangerously as possible? In Part 3, we’re Deconstructing Muscle Car City.

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    This episode is sponsored by Cleverhood. Receive 15% off anything in the Cleverhood store using the special coupon code in this episode. Good for a limited time only! 
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon and receive exclusive access to ad-free bonus content and we’ll send you stickers too.
    LINKS:
    'Menacing' Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye goes 203 mph, will start at $80K (Detroit Free Press) 
    Dodge’s idiotic Chief Donut Maker reality TV-style marketing campaign featuring professional wrestler, Bill Goldberg (Dodge)
    Welcome to the Royal Posh Auto Spa, where Aaron interviewed muscle car owner, Carlos. 
    2022 Hess Flatbed Truck with Hot Rods! (YouTube)
    This episode was produced by Aaron Naparstek, edited by Ali Lemer, and recorded by Josh Wilcox of the Brooklyn Podcasting Studio. Our theme music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo was designed by Dani Finkel of Crucial D Designs. 
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    • 45 min
    RERELEASE: There Are No Accidents with Jessie Singer

    RERELEASE: There Are No Accidents with Jessie Singer

    ***Happy holidays! This is a rerelease of our interview with Jessie Singer, the author of There Are No Accidents, which originally came out in February 2022 as Episode 80. It's one of our favorite episodes from 2022. We'll be back with new episodes in January.***
    What do we mean when we say something is an “accident”? When a motorist kills a pedestrian or cyclist it is often described in the press and the criminal justice system as a “car accident” — even when there is a clear cause such as a driver who was drunk, distracted or speeding. According to a new book by journalist Jessie Singer, events that most people describe as accidents are anything but. Singer argues that who lives and dies by accident in America is not random but utterly predictable. Using the word, she says, protects the powerful and leads to “the prevention of prevention.”
    You can find the full transcript of this episode here.
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    • 41 min
    TEASER: What We Knew About Elon

    TEASER: What We Knew About Elon

    It's been hard to escape the ongoing disaster that is Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter. But anyone who has been paying attention to Musk's understanding of transportation (or lack thereof) as well as his dig-tunnels-quick scheme saw all of this coming a long time ago.
     
    ***This is a preview of a Patreon-exclusive, ad-free bonus episode. Become a Patreon supporter of The War on Cars for access to this and all of our bonus content.***

    • 5 min
    Three is the Magic Number with Mike Radenbaugh

    Three is the Magic Number with Mike Radenbaugh

    We headed over to our sponsor Rad Power Bikes’ new Brooklyn showroom last week to meet with founder and CEO Mike Radenbaugh and test drive his newly launched three-wheeler, the Rad Trike. The trike is very cool, beautifully designed, and tons of fun to ride. Manufacturing an e-trike is a big gamble for the young company. But Radenbaugh believes the Trike is his most accessible and transformational product yet, with huge potential to get lots more Americans out of their gas-guzzling SUVs and into lighter, cleaner, smarter, and more affordable electric vehicles. Can The War on Cars be won on tricycles?

    LINKS:

    “The RadTrike is the latest weapon in Rad Power Bikes’ ongoing war on cars.” (By Andrew J. Hawkins of The Verge)

    The Teenage Tinkerer Behind an E-Bike Revolution (New York Times)

    Rad Power Bikes: Mike Radenbaugh (How I Built This with Guy Raz)

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    Support The War on Cars on Patreon and you’ll get exclusive access to ad-free bonus content and more. 
    Pick up some official War on Cars merch at our store.
    Follow and review us on Apple Podcasts. It helps people find us!
    This episode was recorded by Aaron Naparstek and Doug Gordon. It was produced and edited by Ali Lemer. Our theme music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo was designed by Dani Finkel of Crucial D Designs.

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    • 20 min
    Muscle Car City: We Are in the Movie

    Muscle Car City: We Are in the Movie

    In the spring of 2021, War on Cars co-host Aaron Naparstek started noticing lots of big loud muscle cars rumbling around New York City emblazoned with Instagram accounts. He began following cars on social media, immersing himself in a world of burnouts, donuts, street races, and takeovers. What happens when car culture meets social media and a city's street network becomes the infrastructure for thousands of clout-seeking muscle car enthusiasts' social network? To find out, Aaron brought The War on Cars to New York City's "biggest, craziest car meet" of the year. 

    This is the second of a three-part series. You might want to listen to Part 1, "Welcome to Muscle Car City," before you listen to this.  
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    This episode is sponsored by Cleverhood. Receive 15% off anything in the Cleverhood store using the special coupon code in this episode. Good for a limited time only! 
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon and receive exclusive access to ad-free bonus content.
    LINKS:
    Instagram Accounts: 
    Denys da Menace

    Whiteline Certified

    Team Macksauce

    Team No Hesitation
    Pick up some official War on Cars merch at our store.
    Follow and review us on Apple Podcasts. It helps people find us!
    This episode was produced and edited by Aaron Naparstek. Our theme music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo was designed by Dani Finkel of Crucial D Designs. 
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Mitch 2B ,

Not everyone can drive

A great podcast pushing back against the dialogue from government and urban planning that using a car is a normal and inclusive way to move around a city and should be facilitated over all other transportation.

Bicycle Advocate ,

At last, someone is calling out the harm that cars are causing to our cities.

The social, environmental and physical harm of having too many cars in our cities has been brushed under the carpet by nervous politicians frightened of being accused of waging a war on cars. Now that war has been declared they must choose a side, and do must we. Great podcast, professionally presented with lashings of humor. The presenters have fun commenting on the promises and failings of a lifestyle centred around the automobile which affects us all.

wisertiger ,

My must listen podcast.

Really these 3 do such a great job. Each show is varied, engaging and informative. Very enjoyable and addressing one of the biggest issues of our time. # bancars

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