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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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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.

    Infiltrating the Auto Show II

    Infiltrating the Auto Show II

    The New York International Auto Show was back and bigger than ever... and so were the cars. Our intrepid correspondents Sarah and Doug braved the crowds and sensory overload to hear straight from auto industry reps about the giant SUVs and muscle cars that will be prowling cities and suburban parking lots in the coming years. From the "menacing" and "in your face" Ford Bronco Raptor to the 800-horsepower Dodge Charger, what do the people who sell these vehicles to the public have to say when confronted with questions about safety? Plus, with e-bikes and scooters ascendant, will they one day take the auto out of the Auto Show? This episode was sponsored by our friends at Cleverhood rain gear and Radpower Bikes.
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    Aaron infiltrated the 2019 New York International Auto Show in Episode 17.
    How big is the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor? "The Raptor is a lane-filling 9.8 inches wider than the base Bronco," according to Kelly Bluebook. Plus, it's so tall that even the fenders "will be shadiing cars in the lanes beside you."
    A Dodge Charger driver in Las Vegas killed nine people ranging in age from 5 to 59. Seven were from the same family. The driver was said to have been going more than 100 mph when he ran a red light...
    ...and that's just one of many horribly violent crashes involving Dodge Chargers and Challengers whose drivers, perhaps taking the brand's marketing to heart, apparently think they "rule the road."
    Meanwhile, e-bikes were kind of a big deal at this year's Auto Show. (Canary Media)
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    This episode was recorded by Josh Wilcox at the Brooklyn Podcasting Studio 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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    • 54 min
    They Paved r/place and Put Up a Parking Lot

    They Paved r/place and Put Up a Parking Lot

    From the joy of the "Just a Minute" campaign in San Francisco to the members of a colorfully named subreddit creating a digital parking lot, there's a lot of news in The War on Cars. We hear from listeners around the country and across the Atlantic. Is it possible to be more chill about people riding the wrong way in a bike lane? Should public transit be free? Why is it so hard to find a good bicycle with all the accessories you need for regular transportation? Plus, quick dispatches from the hosts' trips to car-dependent parts of the United States. Lear about what makes a good, walkable city from author and urban planner Jeff Speck at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education, June 13 & 14.
    This episode is sponsored by Cleverhood. Receive 20% off anything in the Cleverhood store with coupon code HAPPYCOMMUTE now through the end of April.
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    LINKS:
    An anti-car subreddit took over a digital canvas and put up a digital parking lot. (Washington Post)
    San Francisco's "Just a Minute" campaign places cyclist safety over driver convenience. (Stephen Braitsch on Twitter)
    If you live near Somerville, MA and need a great bike for regular transportation, check out Bicycle Belle.
    The fundamental problems with free transit. (Alex Schieferdecker)
    Results from Boston's experiment with free bus fares are mixed. (Boston Globe and WGBH)
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    This episode was recorded by Josh Wilcox at the Brooklyn Podcasting Studio and edited by Ali Lemer. Our theme music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo was designed by Dani Finkel of Crucial D. Easter egg via Treyton Zary.
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    • 39 min
    The Pedestrian

    The Pedestrian

    Back in 1952, the great American science fiction writer Ray Bradbury published a short story called “The Pedestrian” in a small antifascist publication. The story, which was based on Bradbury’s own experience of being hassled by the cops while walking the streets of Los Angeles, imagined a world in which automobile dominance was so complete that walking for any purpose would be seen as a sign of mental illness. We take a look back at Bradbury’s dystopian vision, and talk with four people — paleoanthropologist Jeremy DeSilva and writers Garnette Cadogan, David Ulin and Antonia Malchik — about how walking contributes to our essential humanity, and what we lose when we build environments that make it impossible for people to walk

    • 29 min
    Pain at the Pump

    Pain at the Pump

    Spurred by post-pandemic demand and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, gas prices surged past $4 per gallon last week and Americans are suddenly freaking out about “pain at the pump.” What a big surprise, right? Not really! In this episode, Slate’s Henry Grabar joins us to argue that when it comes to the inherent instability in the global oil market, Americans have the memory of goldfish, locked in a ruinous cycle of dependence on fossil fuels and the authoritarian oligarchs who sell them to us. Have we become a nation whose domestic politics and foreign policy are held hostage to its SUVs? 
    This episode is sponsored by Radpower Bikes and Cleverhood. Receive 20% off in the Cleverhood store using the new coupon code announced in this episode. 
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    LINKS:
    “Are Gas Prices Too High? Or Is Your Car Too Big?” By Henry Grabar for Slate.
    President Richard Nixon to Americans: Drive 55 to save gas. Henry Grabar for Slate.
    Gas prices are way up, but the real cost of driving a mile was higher for most of the past century. (MarketWatch)
    Russian Fossil Fuel Tracker: Payments to Russia for fossil fuels by European Union nations since the start of Russia's Ukraine war. 

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    This episode was recorded by Josh Wilcox at the Brooklyn Podcasting Studio. It was produced and edited by Doug. Our theme music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo was designed by Dani Finkel of Crucial D Designs.

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    • 45 min
    SPECIAL: Ghost Train

    SPECIAL: Ghost Train

    Back in 2004, Denver-area voters supported one of the most ambitious transit projects anywhere in the United States. The plan called for a network of new rail lines that would let commuters glide past traffic and transform Denver into a world-class city in the process. But almost two decades later, an uncomfortable truth has emerged: Denver’s sprawling metropolitan region is as gridlocked as its ever been. This is Episode 1 of Ghost Train, a four-part mini-series from Colorado Public Radio. Hosted by transportation reporter Nathaniel Minor, Ghost Train dives deep into the question that we ask here at The War on Cars: What does it to take to move American cities away from automobile dependence?

    SHOW NOTES:

    This episode was brought to you by Colorado Public Radio. 
    You can find more of reporter Nathaniel Minor’s work here. 

    The remaining three parts of the Ghost Train series...
    Part 2: The Mission
    Part 3: An Unexpected Solution
    Part 4: Waiting On A Train
    I made a documentary about RTD. Here are some curious things I found along the way (Nathaniel Minor for CPR)
    RTD is in Crisis: A three-part series for Streetsblog Denver by Andy Bosselman.

    Why don’t RTD’s trains go into Denver’s neighborhoods? (Nathaniel Minor for Denverite)
    The Train That Saved Denver (Politico Magazine, 2016)
    RTD’s FasTracks
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    • 36 min
    TEASER: The Godfathers of Disinformation

    TEASER: The Godfathers of Disinformation

    ***This is a preview of a short bonus episode for our Patreon supporters. Become a Patreon supporter of The War on Cars for ad-free access to this and all our exclusive content. And we’ll send you stickers!***
    Journalist and producer Amy Westervelt joined us in Episode LXXXI for our annual shredding of the Super Bowl car ads. While we had her in the studio we absolutely had to chat with Amy about her outstanding podcast series, Rigged. In it, Westervelt takes us on a deep dive into the history of the public relations industry and the incredible cast of mid-20th century characters who invented it. We live in a world awash in spin, disinformation, and mistrust of institutions. Rigged helpus us understand how we got here. 

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
684 Ratings

684 Ratings

Elei1 ,

Great podcast—both informative and entertaining

If you’re looking for an alternative to the assumptions of car culture, this is the podcast for you! They have lots of interesting guests who provide a variety of viewpoints, and they also are a lot of fun to listen to.

mande ,

Great podcast taking on intractable issues

Car culture is ubiquitous. But it also kills, pollutes and isolates us. Almost every episode of this podcast is riveting, with great and informative guests to hopefully make you see our car-covered nation as full of possibility for something better.

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