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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
    • 4.8, 484 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.

    Victory?

    Victory?

    As cities around the world have gone into lockdown and instituted social distancing measures to slow the spread of the covid19 pandemic, something unexpected has happened: We’ve gotten an impromptu demonstration of the benefits of living with fewer cars and less driving. Seething gridlock has vanished, smoggy skies have cleared, global carbon emissions are way down, and forward-thinking mayors are rapidly re-programming their streets to give human beings the space that once belonged to motor vehicles. Is the world witnessing the wrenching, difficult birth of the car-free city? Or are we merely living in the brief moment before cities snap back into even deeper automobile dependence, the car serving as the ultimate personal protective equipment? Plus: We hear from City of Oakland Transportation Director Ryan Russo.
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    Show Notes: 
    New Yorkers Are Thinking About Getting Cars Because of COVID-19. (Vice)
    Oakland banishing cars from 74 miles of city streets. ‘Oakland Slow Streets’ will open 10% of city’s roads for cyclists, pedestrians (Mercury News)
    Urban planner Mike Lydon is keeping track of all of the cities launching #Covid19Streets.
    Cities Close Streets to Cars, Opening Space for Social Distancing (New York Times)
    To help get essential workers around, cities are revising traffic patterns, suspending public transit fares, and making more room for bikes and pedestrians (CityLab)
    This episode was edited by Ali Lemer. Newsreel voiceover by Mike Rock. Parody ad voiceover by Leora Kaye. Newsreel and parody ad production by Curtis Fox. 
    Find us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars, Aaron Naparstek @Naparstek, Doug Gordon @BrooklynSpoke, Sarah Goodyear @buttermilk1. 
    Questions, comments, ideas, complaints? Shoot us an email: thewaroncars@gmail.com
    https://thewaroncars.org

    • 31 min
    "Driving While Black" with Gretchen Sorin

    "Driving While Black" with Gretchen Sorin

    Historian Gretchen Sorin has written a fascinating new book, “Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights,” that dives into the role the car played in the 20th-century African American experience. Sorin talked with Sarah about how in the Jim Crow era, when riding public transportation was often humiliating and downright dangerous for black Americans, the automobile provided a way for black families to get around with safety and dignity. She also explains how cars played an instrumental role in building the civil rights movement, and why white etiquette expert Emily Post wasn’t so comfortable with the rising popularity of the automobile.

    • 29 min
    TEASER: PODAPALOOZA for COVID-19 Relief

    TEASER: PODAPALOOZA for COVID-19 Relief

    The War on Cars is taking the stage for Podapalooza, a virtual podcast festival for the benefit of COVID-19 relief, on April 25th and 26th. We'll be releasing one of our favorite old episodes to introduce the podcast to new listeners and hopefully give fans a chance to catch an early one they might have missed. 
    Purchase tickets here: plza.org. You'll get access to an outstanding lineup of some of the biggest names in podcasting, yours to listen to as they're released. Over 100 podcasts are participating and tickets are pay-what-you-want. It's a great deal and a great cause!
    All proceeds of your purchase of a Podapalooza Pass go to GiveDirectly, which delivers cash payments of $1,000 to vulnerable households in areas affected by COVID-19.

    • 2 min
    It's Zero Percent About Transportation with Alex Brook Lynn

    It's Zero Percent About Transportation with Alex Brook Lynn

    This episode was recorded and originally aired, November 2018. 

    When is a car not a car? When it’s a source of solace and comfort, a curbside living room and a personal aesthetic statement. This episode is brought to you “live” from the interior of a 1987 Cadillac DeVille as we hear from Alex Brook Lynn, the producer of FAQ NYC, about why she escapes to her car for a little private time amidst the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. What would it take for Alex to quit her car?
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon.
    Rate and review the war effort on iTunes.
    Buy a War on Cars t-shirt at Cotton Bureau.
    EPISODE NOTES:
    Follow Alex Brook Lynn on Twitter and follow her work at Racket Media. 
    FAQ NYC is an outstanding local news and politics podcast in New York City produced by Alex Brook Lynn.
    Follow us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars
    Aaron Naparstek @Naparstek, Sarah Goodyear @buttermilk1, Doug Gordon @brooklynspoke.
    Questions? Suggestions? Complaints? Talk to us: thewaroncars@gmail.com.

    • 33 min
    Cars, Climate and Cities with Bill McKibben

    Cars, Climate and Cities with Bill McKibben

    From his 1989 book The End of Nature, which was the first to explain global warming to a general audience, to co-founding the climate-change activism group 350.org, there are few people with more experience in taking on powerful interests to create change than Bill McKibben. In this interview, Bill talks to Doug about divestment from fossil fuels, what the worldwide response to COVID-19 can teach us about fighting climate change, and how to build successful movements to make cities work better for people who aren’t in cars. Plus, Bill tells the story of a determined Brazilian mayor who took on an angry car lobby using the power of open streets and adorable children.
    Support The War on Cars on Patreon.
    Rate and review the war effort on iTunes.
    Buy a War on Cars t-shirt at Cotton Bureau.
    SHOW NOTES: 
    More on Bill McKibben at his official site.
    Subscribe to The Climate Crisis Newsletter.
    Bill McKibben tells the story of Mayor Jaime Lerner’s fight to make streets for people in the city of Curitiba, Brazil. (Mother Jones)
    Buy Bill’s latest book, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
    This episode was edited by Ali Lemer.
    Find us on Twitter: @TheWarOnCars, Sarah Goodyear @buttermilk1, Aaron Naparstek @Naparstek, Doug Gordon @BrooklynSpoke.
    Questions? Comments? Drop us a line: thewaroncars@gmail.com
    https://thewaroncars.org
     

    • 32 min
    Field Dispatches from Four Continents

    Field Dispatches from Four Continents

    In this, our second episode of the COVID-19 era, we hear from listeners around the globe about how their cities look and feel. Is it safe to ride transit? How does it feel to walk through towns and cities as people protect themselves and others by wearing masks? There’s been a surge in the number of cyclists — and speeding drivers — on city streets. But will people keep biking when this ends? Listeners in Bogotá, Paris, Los Angeles, Taipei and Washington, D.C., let us know how it’s all going. Plus, Aaron tells us why car ownership has taken over his brain, Sarah explains the concept of an “emotional washing machine” and Doug is hearing things in Brooklyn.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
484 Ratings

484 Ratings

A Guy Who Watched The Nerdist ,

Foot soldier

Cars are killers. Join the fight

Zoe Knoxville ,

Negative Star number

Just another liberal idea to do away with something most Americans enjoy! From expressing our choices to owning something we can engage with and use to travel to see our nation and its people. We need our method of transport without having to deal with those who have no ambition to achieve in this world. Yes, “super idea” to flirt with disastrous harm to ourselves and our futures by making transport a monstrous event- instead, most would certainly not choose to be a part of anything outside of our individual cars. Not interested. Dark humor?- we get that daily from the redundant fast crowd of Hollywood, drugs, arrogant philosophomores, and the world’s most leading BIASED Press-Now this? Sick of the insults and assaults upon our nation & our rights and privileges. Take off!

apbSEA ,

Perspective Shifting

The War on Cars will conscript you into the valiant struggle against cars’ dominating our cities with its well produced interviews, dark humor, and insightful commentary from the hosts. I finish every episode with new reasons to keep advocating for safe streets that prioritize people, not metal boxes.

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