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99% Invisible

129- Thomassons

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cities, like living things, evolve slowly over time. Buildings and structures get added and renovated and removed, and in this process, bits and pieces that get left behind. Vestiges. Just as humans have tailbones and whales have pelvic bones,

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The Takeaway

Philly Mayor: America is Broken & Needs Fixing

Monday, June 23, 2014

This past weekend, Dallas played host to hundreds of mayors from around the nation. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was among those in attendance. He weighs in on the challenges facing his city, and the troubling divides plaguing the nation.

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99% Invisible

115- Cow Tunnels

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The westernmost part of Manhattan, between 34th and 39th street, is pretty industrial. There’s a bus depot, a ferry terminal, and a steady stream of cars. But in the late 19th early 20th centuries, this was cow country.

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WNYC News

Affordable Housing Advocates Demand More from Mayor

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

WNYC

Should developers be forced to build affordable housing?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sandy One Year Later; Jon Meacham; NYC Taxis; Urban Trends

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sandy hit one year ago today. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman and Janet Babin talk about lessons learned and stories unfolding a year into the recovery. Plus: Jon Meacham discusses his book about Thomas Jefferson and the current state of Washington politics; a focus on the future of New York City taxis; a new exhibit at the Guggenheim about the future of urban innovation; and a close look at neighborhood organizing in the Rockaways.

On Being

Grace Lee Boggs — Becoming Detroit: Reimagining Work, Food, and Community [remix]

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Detroit you probably haven't seen in the news. It's a city of vigor — a place where neighbors are reimagining work, food, and the very meaning of humanity. To meet these people is to gain perspective on all of our work and imagine possibility.

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On Being

[Unedited] Gloria Lowe and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Detroit you probably haven't seen in the news. It's a city of vigor — a place where neighbors are reimagining work, food, and the very meaning of humanity. To meet these people is to gain perspective on all of our work and imagine possibility.

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On Being

[Unedited] Richard Feldman and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Detroit you probably haven't seen in the news. It's a city of vigor — a place where neighbors are reimagining work, food, and the very meaning of humanity. To meet these people is to gain perspective on all of our work and imagine possibility.

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On Being

[Unedited] Grace Lee Boggs and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Detroit you probably haven't seen in the news. It's a city of vigor — a place where neighbors are reimagining work, food, and the very meaning of humanity. To meet these people is to gain perspective on all of our work and imagine possibility.

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On Being

[Unedited] Wayne Curtis / Myrtle Thompson and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Detroit you probably haven't seen in the news. It's a city of vigor — a place where neighbors are reimagining work, food, and the very meaning of humanity. To meet these people is to gain perspective on all of our work and imagine possibility.

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Transportation Nation

Popularity of Morning Walks May Shape the Pedestrian Streetscape of Central Florida

Friday, May 31, 2013

WMFE

What started as a mayor's morning walk for a healthier staff and community is expanding into a renewed dialogue about pedestrians in Central Florida. 

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Soundcheck

Tell Us: How Do You Block Out Noise?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Joyce Cohen recently wrote on BuzzFeed about living with hyperacusis, a condition which makes soft sounds unbearably loud and painful. After Cohen joined us last week to talk about it, we received some great emails and voicemails from you, with a wide range of feedback. The segment got us talking here in the Soundcheck office, too.

Here's why: Joyce described how she blocks out noise while living amid the sonic chaos of New York.

In my situation, because I know I'm going to be subjected to a lot of loud noise, I always protect my ears. I have industrial-strength earmuffs, so I look like the baggage handler [at an airport].

Even if you don’t have hyperacusis like Cohen, even if you don’t live in New York, you might still take measures --- some of them extreme -- to find peace and quiet.

All this week on the show, we're asking our listeners and in-studio guests: How do you block out noise? Where do you find quiet?

Sam Beam, the singer-songwriter who records as the indie-folk act Iron & Wine, told John Schaefer that he finds peace and quiet while driving, despite the hum of the car interior and the tires on the road.

I've had to make a habit of not turning music on in the car. It used to be where I listened to music, because it was really the only place I had where you were stuck. I feel like it's also a matter of perspective, because I have a bunch of kids. What some people think is quiet is probably different than my idea of quiet. I definitely learned to block a lot of noise out through sheer force of will. So the car feels really quiet to me.

Unlike Beam, the saxophonist Colin Stetson lives in a major city, Montreal. A solo artist who also tours with Bon Iver and Arcade Fire, Stetson finds quiet while running, but what he hears depends on the terrain.

I won't put earbuds in if I'm running in the woods -- trailrunning out in Vermont [...] But when I'm running in the city, I tend to drown out the noise with something that's more aggressive and more powerful than the city's noise, so I listen to a lot of metal. 

What about you? How do you block out noise? How do you create a quiet space? Leave a message for us at 866-939-1612. Or, post your story in the comment section below.

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The Truth

In Good Hands

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Two urban explorers enter an abandoned subway. What happens next is our secret. This is the complete version of a story that was previously only available in two parts.

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The Takeaway

One Tough Neighborhood, Two Friends, and Thousands of Photos

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

We’ve seen the rough, urban neighborhood documented thousands of times by photojournalists dating all the way back to Jacob Riis in the 1800s. Over and over again, the images appear the same: children playing in alleys, kids standing on street corners, poverty, rubble, and graffiti. Andy Velazquez, now an adult, was one of those children. Brenda Ann Kenneally was his photographer.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Aims to Stop Bike "Dooring" by Targeting Taxis

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

(image courtesy of DOT)

UPDATED with Chicago dooring figures below.

New York is dreaming of a world where taxis and cyclists can be friends.

In addition to new logos and a brighter yellow color, the city's taxi of tomorrow will also come with anti-"dooring" decals.

And so will the taxis of today, according to Taxi and Limousine Commission Chairman David Yassky.

"We believe the stickers and video will really resonate with riders and inspire them to pause for that critical second before they open the door and exit the taxi,” said Yassky. “It’s that moment of pause that could make all the difference in the world to both a bicyclist and the taxi passenger alike.”

The message not to fling cab doors open without first checking for bicyclists will be hammered home in a video message that will play on all 13,000 Taxi TVs (assuming passengers don't turn them off first). "Take out a friend," reads the message on the video. "Take out a date. But don't take out a cyclist."


Getting doored is rightfully high on the list of fears for any urban cyclist. When a car door opens in a cyclist's immediate path it can not only injure him/her, it can fling the biker into the path of oncoming traffic. It can be common and even deadly, though few studies track dooring.

Illinois began what we believe to be the first statewide effort to track dooring last April. We've asked the Illinois DOT for the figures from that effort and will report back as soon as we get them.

UPDATE: Steve Vance of Grid Chicago got in touch with the data. He used his access to the Illinois DOT online Data Mart and found there were 344 reported doorings in Chicago last year, responsible for one in five bike crashes. It should be said that's a big spike over 2010.

A 2010 survey in NYC counted bike-related infractions at 11 locations found that dooring (including near-hits) is a pervasive phenomenon with 77 infractions over the two days of measurement, 19 of them on one street alone.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin enacted an anti-dooring law in 2009 that switched culpability from cyclists to motorists for dooring accidents, and added a $40 fine for striking a cyclist with a car door.

Taxis, with their frequent stops and passengers exiting from both sides, are at high risk for causing dooring incidents.

(image courtesy of NYC DOT)

 

 

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The Truth

In Good Hands (part 2)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Our story about two urban explorers concludes, when they are helped by a group of very eccentric people. Performed by Emily Tarver, Alex Marino, Louis Kornfeld, Christian Paluck, Ed Herbstman, Amy Warren, and Ben Jones. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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The Truth

In Good Hands (part 1)

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

A pair of urban explorers goes underground, in the first part of a continuing story. Starring Emily Tarver, Alex Marino, Louis Kornfeld, Ed Herbstman, Christian Paluck, and Amy Warren. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bike Messengers and the City

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Urban bike messengers are a devoted bunch with their own subculture. Jeffrey L. Kidder, assistant professor of sociology at Northern Illinois University and a former bike messenger, discusses his new book Urban Flow: Bike Messengers and the City. 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Ian Frazier on his urban wanderings

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ian Frazier on his urban wanderings.

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The Takeaway

Cities: Better For Your Health and Happiness?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Over 249 million Americans live on the three percent of land that constitutes our cities. More than half of America’s income is earned in 22 metropolitan areas. And people live longer in New York City than anywhere else in the U.S. That being said, our nation continues to grapple with negative perceptions about cities. Images of loud, dirty, noisy, graffiti and crime-ridden urban wastelands persist. Economist Ed Glaeser wants to change that. He’s convinced that cities make us better, and that the proof can be seen everywhere from Minneapolis to Shanghai.

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