Transportation Nation - Back of The Bus: Mass Transit, Race and Inequality

Airs Saturday at 6AM on 93.9FM, Saturday at 2PM on AM820, and Sunday at 8PM on AM820
And Wednesday at 8PM on 93.9 FM and AM 820

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A new documentary about the fight for equal rights on America's roads and transit lines. Many African American communities were bulldozed in the 1960s to make way for highways. Today, bus service to poor neighborhoods is cut in favor of more expensive rail. This collaborative reporting project from Transportation Nation and WNYC visits communities across America where people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.

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Comments [4]

Bennett Windheim from 10033

It's 2012 and you can most certainly experience racial discrimination on New York's public transit. Stand on the uptown 14th Street platform of the 8th Avenue lines at rush hour. Count the E and C trains has they frequently enter and leave the station, while A train passengers wait from 15 to 20 minutes for an "express train." This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. The E runs through midtown East on its way to Queens, while the C makes local stops along tony Central Park West. And the A train? Well, as the song goes, it's "the quickest way to Harlem." If it ever shows up.

Feb. 13 2012 08:47 PM
Chaz from Portland, OR

This is fantastic in-depth reporting, and tremendously important. Reminds me of the racism of GI Bill home purchasing / redlining.

Thanks so much for expanding my perspective on the issue.

Feb. 15 2011 11:55 PM
WNYC Programming

Thanks for your feedback Marsha. So good to hear how much you valued the program.

The full audio of "Back of The Bus" is available for streaming at our Transportation Nation website here:

Feb. 14 2011 01:27 PM
Marsha Champlin from Brooklyn NY

I listened to your show today at 6am and again at 2pm. It was one of the best broadcasts I've ever heard on radio. I've always heard about what Robert Moses did here in NYC with his highways etc and the repercussions but I've never had the understanding and been shown "the whole picture" as American RadioWorks did for me today.
Thank you so much.
Is there any way I can share this broadcast with others?
Marsha Champlin
12 February, 2011

Feb. 12 2011 03:27 PM

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