The War on Cars

The War on Cars

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Liberate Your City


Victory?
May 21 • 31 min
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…
“Driving While Black” with Gretchen Sorin
May 8 • 29 min
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…
TEASER: PODAPALOOZA for COVID-19 Relief
Apr 20 • 2 min
The War on Cars is taking the stage for , 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…
It’s Zero Percent About Transportation with Alex Brook Lynn
Apr 18 • 33 min
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…
Cars, Climate and Cities with Bill McKibben
Apr 6 • 32 min
From his 1989 book , which was the first to explain global warming to a general audience, to co-founding the climate-change activism group , there are few people with more experience in taking on powerful interests to create change than Bill McKibben….
Field Dispatches from Four Continents
Mar 29 • 32 min
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…
Riding Out the Pandemic
Mar 20 • 31 min
Recording from their makeshift home studios, Sarah, Doug and Aaron check in with each other, field listener voicemails and reorient themselves to the new normal of the coronavirus crisis. Not a lot of answers in this episode, but plenty of questions:…
On the Bus with Pat Kiernan and Jamie Stelter
Mar 17 • 32 min
Pat Kiernan and Jamie Stelter are the dynamic duo of local TV news. As two of the hosts of “Mornings on 1” on Spectrum NY1, Pat and Jamie do more than just wake up early to deliver the latest updates on current events or the daily commute. They…
Finnish Lessons
Mar 4 • 32 min
What can cold cities, where people nonetheless bike year-round through snow and seemingly endless hours of darkness, tell us about what it takes to make better streets? In this episode, Sarah reports back from her trip to Finland and the the 8th…
Live in Denver!
Feb 21 • 41 min
For our first live episode, The War on Cars heads to Denver, Colorado to check in on the Mile High City’s battle against automobile dominance. From the announcement that the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will install 125…
Suburbans in the City
Feb 5 • 30 min
The Chevrolet Suburban is one of General Motors’ most enduring triumphs — the longest-running nameplate in automotive history, to use the industry jargon, and the original SUV. In production since 1935, it’s grown from an all-American family…
Department of Bikeland Security
Jan 17 • 33 min
Making change happen in a big, complex, bureaucratic city is really hard. One guy who knows all about that is Shabazz Stuart, the Chief Executive Officer of , a Brooklyn-based startup company that is developing secure bike-parking kiosks at major…
WCAR Drive Time Radio
Dec 23, 2019 • 40 min
Is the Hyperloop for real or are easily duped elected officials the only people it will take for a ride? Do e-bikes have the power to transform the suburbs? Why should politicians and the press say “crash” instead of “accident”? What’s the…
Kara Swisher Says Car Ownership is Finished
Dec 10, 2019 • 34 min
Last March, renowned tech journalist and prognosticator Kara Swisher wrote a New York Times opinion piece with the headline, “Owning a car will soon be as quaint as owning a horse.” In it, she declared she would sell her own car and vowed she…
You Get a Car!
Nov 20, 2019 • 23 min
It’s one of the most famous moments in daytime TV history, but what really happened when Oprah Winfrey gave a brand new Pontiac G6 to every member of her studio audience? Leave it to The War on Cars to take that memorable (and very meme-able) moment…
The Automotive Police State
Oct 31, 2019 • 35 min
For a century, the automobile has been sold to Americans as the ultimate freedom machine. In her groundbreaking new book, “Policing the Open Road,” historian and legal scholar Sarah Seo explodes that myth. Seo shows how modern policing evolved in…
What Uber Hath Wrought
Oct 16, 2019 • 30 min
For a few years after Uber launched in 2009, it seemed like the on-demand ride-hailing service might be an advance in the war on cars — a way for more people to share fewer vehicles and to reduce overall automobile dependence. Fast forward a decade,…
The Problem With Public Meetings, Part 2
Oct 4, 2019 • 32 min
In Part 1 of “The Problem With Public Meetings” we took you inside a difficult community meeting in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and urged compassion and understanding for neighbors who aren’t quite yet on board with The War on Cars. Here in Part 2, we…
The Problem with Public Meetings, Part 1
Oct 2, 2019 • 32 min
In the battle to make cities better for walking, biking and transit, there’s no more important front line than local community meetings. So when a flyer advertising a town-hall forum about the New York City Department of Transportation’s alleged…
Dying for Change
Sep 17, 2019 • 31 min
Twenty-one people riding bicycles have been killed this year on the streets of New York City. That’s more than double the number of bike fatalities in all of 2018. In early July, after a terrible week in which three people on bicycles were killed in…
Found in Translation: TWOC Goes to Japan
Aug 30, 2019 • 30 min
When you’re used to the culture of streets in the United States of America — that is, variations on kill or be killed — traveling to countries that do it differently can be both a shock to the system and an inspiration. So it was when TWOC…
Barcelona’s Superblocks with David Roberts of Vox.
Aug 19, 2019 • 34 min
Barcelona, Spain is testing out a powerful new weapon in the war on cars. It’s called the Superilla or, in english, the “Superblock.” Last October, Vox Media’s energy and environment reporter David Roberts spent ten days in Barcelona taking a deep…
Adam Conover Ruins The War On Cars
Aug 5, 2019 • 37 min
What do comedy and fighting the war on cars have in common? For answers, Doug talks with Adam Conover, the creator and host of TruTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything.” The show, a new season of which premieres on August 13th, combines humor, sharp…
The War On Cars Meets Car Talk - The Full Interview
Jul 22, 2019 • 28 min
In this TWOC Extra, we present co-host Doug Gordon’s full interview with Ray Magliozzi of “Car Talk,” conducted in February 2019 at the WBUR studios in Boston and previously available only to Patreon supporters. Hear more about Ray’s thoughts on how…
WCAR - Easy Listening, Tough Questions
Jul 8, 2019 • 26 min
No, you’ve not tuned into late-night Lite FM radio. In this special mailbag episode, Sarah and Doug hear from listeners around the world, taking your questions and comments on everything from disabled cyclists, how to make bike lanes as common as…
Self-Driving Kids
Jun 26, 2019 • 31 min
Autonomous cars? Who needs ‘em. If you want to improve your city then design it so that children have more autonomy. In this episode we hit the playground with architecture critic Alexandra Lange, the author of “.” To grow up into healthy,…
Your Car Is Your Castle
Jun 14, 2019 • 31 min
How can we fight a War on Cars when cars might be turning into the last bastion of affordable housing in many cities and suburbs? In this episode, we talk about how the crises in transportation, housing and climate are converging in California parking…
Breaking the Law
May 24, 2019 • 25 min
It’s the most controversial question in all of urban biking: Why do cyclists run red lights, ride on sidewalks and go the wrong way down one-way streets? In this episode, Aaron, Sarah and Doug talk to New York City cyclists about why they behave the…
Infiltrating the Auto Show
May 13, 2019 • 27 min
Once a year, the world descends on Manhattan for the New York International Auto Show, an extravagant, multimillion-dollar celebration of all things car. From the most “sinister” Dodge Challenger to a Kia that can sense a driver’s mood and…
Collateral Damage: Theresa’s Story
Apr 23, 2019 • 32 min
In 2002, Theresa Sareo, an up-and-coming singer, had her life changed forever when a reckless driver hit her as she stood on a Manhattan sidewalk waiting to cross the street. She lost her leg and nearly died, making her one of the millions of people…
Can the Millennials Win the War on Cars?
Apr 3, 2019 • 36 min
A new generation of urban leaders is rising to power and they’re kicking butt and challenging long-standing assumptions about the role of the car in the city. Among them is Corey Johnson, New York City’s new City Council Speaker. At 37 years old,…
The War on Cars Meets Car Talk
Mar 18, 2019 • 35 min
For nearly thirty years, brothers Ray and Tom Magliozzi were the hosts of NPR’s “Car Talk” and the voices of American car culture. Famous for their distinctive Boston accents and infectious laughs, Click and Clack didn’t just diagnose engine…
Making the Bus Sexy Again
Mar 7, 2019 • 28 min
What if you could get around quickly and reliably in a state-of-the-art vehicle that you didn’t have to drive, park, fuel, or insure? No, it’s not an Uber or a self-driving car… it’s the bus! In this episode, we talk to Cam Hardy of the Better…
Propaganda Blitz
Feb 11, 2019 • 33 min
On Super Bowl Sunday, a hundred million Americans gathered in front of their TVs and absorbed a fearsome barrage of automobile advertising. While most viewers munched on snacks, guzzled beer and focused on the game, our crack team of intelligence…
WCAR Talk Radio
Feb 4, 2019 • 30 min
You’re listening to WCAR talk radio with Spoke and the Mad Dog. In this episode we take listener questions and comments, tackling everything from fixing the suburbs, tips for lonely bike advocates, why car-free days are one of the best tools for…
Whoops! The Liberal Blind Spot for Cars
Jan 21, 2019 • 32 min
When New York City mayor Bill de Blasio went on ABC’s “The View” to discuss universal health care, little did he know he’d be on the receiving end of an epic anti-bike-lane rant courtesy of Oscar-winner and daily car commuter Whoopi Goldberg….
Cars Versus Guns
Jan 14, 2019 • 32 min
Which is more destructive? Cars or guns? A recent study showed that guns are now the second-leading killer of children in the U.S. But what does it say about our culture that the press seemed to gloss over the first? (Spoiler alert: It’s cars.) In…
Why So Serious? The Lighter Side of The War On Cars.
Dec 21, 2018 • 31 min
The stakes are literally life and death, but can humor be an effective weapon in the war on cars? In this episode we talk to Charlie Todd, the founder of Improv Everywhere, about how using the city as a stage for elaborate comedy scenes can help…
Nice Legs, Dude
Dec 3, 2018 • 27 min
Why is driving a car seen as masculine and riding a bicycle seen as feminine? Is it even possible to look like an adult while riding an e-scooter? Our experience of moving through public space is deeply affected by our mode of transportation and our…
Quit Your Car: It’s Zero Percent About Transportation.
Nov 19, 2018 • 33 min
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…
If E-Bikes Are the Future, Why Are They Illegal?
Nov 5, 2018 • 21 min
From coast to coast, electric-bikes are having their moment. But a New York City Police Department crackdown on delivery cyclists who rely on e-bikes to do their jobs has some wondering if a double standard isn’t at play. At a time when big…
Cars and the Culture Wars
Oct 29, 2018 • 30 min
In 2009, soon-to-be Toronto Mayor Rob Ford declared that he would end the war on cars. His remarks were the opening shots in a battle that would come to signify more than just how people get around. How did cars and the urban/surburban divide become a…
Mayors: The Good, the Bad and Bill de Blasio
Oct 15, 2018 • 32 min
With cities on the front lines of the war on cars, can mayors muster the courage to put automobiles in their rightful place? Not to name names, but does it matter if elected officials are driven twelve miles to the gym every day in a three SUV convoy…
Attack of the Robocars!
Oct 8, 2018 • 31 min
Take the driver out of the car and what do you get? Heaven or hell? Will the rise of the robocar lead to a revolution in safety and change how cities allocate public space? Or will pedestrians and cyclists get pushed aside to make way for Skynet?…
Why the World Needs The War on Cars
Sep 29, 2018 • 26 min
In this pilot episode, we discuss why the world needs a War on Cars and ask if tech — specifically tech companies — can save our cities from the car. Are e-scooters, Lyft buses and self-driving Ubers running through Elon Musk’s tunnels the wave of…