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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
    • 5.0 • 39 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.

    Humane Streets with Anil Dash

    Humane Streets with Anil Dash

    Cars are a bit like the internet comments section of the real world. Driving can be done anonymously, dividing people from others and even leading to aggressive behavior. Cars are even used to express personal identity. To unpack the similarities between online communication and personal transportation, Doug talks to Anil Dash, the tech entrepreneur who’s served as a sharp and thoughtful critic of the industry in which he has spent his career. Is a better internet possible? And what would Prince think?

    • 51 min
    Mayor Pete at the Drive-Thru

    Mayor Pete at the Drive-Thru

    In this roundup, Aaron, Sarah and Doug take listener voice memos and respond to stories that flew across the War on Cars news desk. Is Mayor Pete Buttigieg as the next Transportation Secretary good or bad? What will it mean for the future of the “third space” now that fast food restaurants retooling their parking lots and drive-thrus? What’s the connection between a diesel tampering scandal in America and a public health case in the UK? And what will it take to sustain the pandemic-induced bike boom?

    • 45 min
    The French Connection

    The French Connection

    Under the leadership of Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Paris has transformed itself, turning streets that were once clogged with cars into places for people on bikes and on foot. In response to the pandemic, the city quickly installed “coronapistes,” temporary bike lanes designed to help Parisians move around safely. Sarah speaks with Deputy Mayor Christophe Najdovski who explains how Hidalgo’s political will and persistence have paid off.

    • 25 min
    Cars and the Law with Greg Shill

    Cars and the Law with Greg Shill

    On October 30th, days before the presidential election, a Biden-Harris campaign bus in Texas was surrounded by a “Trump Train,” a caravan of SUVs and pickups displaying “Make America Great Again” flags.

    To make sense of it all, Doug talked with Greg Shill, an associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. Greg has written extensively on the ways in which the right to drive at the expense of nearly all other forms of transportation is written into America’s legal system.

    • 29 min
    Honk If You Loved 2020

    Honk If You Loved 2020

    Automobiles played an oversized role in the news this year, from the country’s response to the pandemic to the strange twists and turns of the presidential election. In fact, some might say 2020 was the year of the car. Beyond the growth of drive-thru COVID testing and importance of curbside voting, there was the president’s weird virus-infected limousine ride around Walter Reed, flag-flying “Trump Trains” shutting down highways and the strange spectacle of watching President-elect Joe Biden deliver his victory speech before supporters in parked cars who expressed their excitement and enthusiasm by honking. What does it mean for the future of democracy that most of our interactions with our fellow citizens now happen from behind a windshield? Are we destined to duke it out, road-rage style, until society collapses? Or is there an off-ramp from all this madness? Plus, is there really a parking angle to the Four Seasons Total Landscaping story? You bet there is. Aaron, Sarah and Doug are together again to discuss it all.
    ***This episode was sponsored in part by our friends at Cleverhood. Receive 20% off your purchase of stylish, functional rain gear designed specifically for bicycling and walking. Enter coupon code WARONCARS when you check out.***
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    SHOW NOTES: 
    How “Trump Trains” became a political weapon. (The Atlantic)
    What was with the red, white and blue Jeeps at Biden’s victory speech? (Jalopnik)
    The owner of the adult novelty store next to Four Seasons Total Landscaping was annoyed that his customers couldn’t find parking. (Slate)
    "Petro-masculinity" was on display at Trump highway rallies. (Gizmodo)
    Drive-thru voting survives challenge in Harris County, Texas. (Texas Tribune)
    Trump rally gets ugly in Marin City, California. (KTVU)
    Long lines for COVID testing at Dodger Stadium. (ABC 7)
    Find us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars, Aaron Naparstek @Naparstek, Doug Gordon @BrooklynSpoke, Sarah Goodyear @buttermilk1. 
    Questions, comments or suggestions? Email us: thewaroncars@gmail.com
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    • 41 min
    Getting the Car Out of Carbon Emissions

    Getting the Car Out of Carbon Emissions

    It appears that the long-awaited electric car revolution is finally upon us. Are you ready? Are you excited? Last week, General Motors officially launched the electric version of the Hummer. The Hummer, of course, is the purposely intimidating sport utility vehicle based on the U.S. military’s HumVee. Popularized during America’s turn-of-the-century oil wars, the Hummer has long been one the personal vehicles that is most like a gigantic middle finger on four wheels. Weighing almost two tons, with 1,000 horsepower, and 0 to 60 m.p.h. acceleration in three seconds, the 2022 Hummer E.V. begs the question: Are we simply going to try to replicate the toxic male, energy-intensive, automobile-centric, 20th century “American way of life” on electricity rather than gas? Or can we imagine and build something better? 
    This episode was sponsored by our friends at Cleverhood. For 20% off of stylish, functional rain gear designed specifically for bicycle commuters, enter coupon code: WARONCARS when you check out. 
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon.
    Rate and review the podcast on iTunes.
    Buy a War on Cars t-shirt at Cotton Bureau.
    Check out The War on Cars library at Bookshop.org.
    SHOW NOTES: 
    Listen to Tom Bodett’s fantastic personal story, “Inside Passage,” on The Moth. You can find more on his “strange, fascinating career” right here.
    How fast could we transition our transportation system to electricity if we really wanted to? Subscribe to Andrew Salzberg’s newsletter, Decarbonizing Transportation and find out.
    What 'net-zero carbon' really means for cities. And how the City of London is planning to get there by 2050, in part, via Ultra Low Emission Zones. (BBC)
    The EV Bummer: The Hummer EV may be the "quiet revolution" that GMC's promising — but for all the wrong reasons. (Streetsblog) 
    Tom is also a co-founder of the non-profit HatchSpace,  dedicated to sharpening an appreciation for the work of human hands through the learning, practice, and teaching of woodworking. (Seven Days)
    This episode was produced by Aaron Naparstek and edited by Ali Lemer. Our music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo is by Dani Finkel of Crucial D Design.
    Find us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars, Aaron Naparstek @Naparstek, Doug Gordon @BrooklynSpoke, Sarah Goodyear @buttermilk1. 
    Questions, comments or suggestions? Email us: thewaroncars@gmail.com
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Iamb jones ,

A carefully crafted podcast, pleasure to listen to

These folks dive deep into a different topic each concise episode. The hosts are knowledgable, opinionated and, at times, funny.

Dkoeniwbch ,

Thought provoking

I suppose to give this podcast a go you are probably sympathetic to the cause - so there probably is an element of preaching to the choir. That said, it is very interesting to hear the stories of seasoned activists in the fight to claim cities back for people. The chemistry of the hosts is good, the conversation seems natural and they never wander too far off topic for long. They primarily focus on New York for obvious reasons, and it is interesting as a microcosm but some episodes are completely NYC centric and go into highly local detail, listening from 5000km away I find those episodes less engaging.

robertochaulafan ,

Excellent podcast

This is probably the podcast I look forward to listening to most - strikes a great balance between being informative and entertaining - looking at car culture, what it does to our cities and how we can fight against it from a whole range of angles. A great listen if you're interested in how we create cities that are better to walk and cycle around.

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