Talking Headways Podcast: Your Brain on Two Legs

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Antonia Malchik’s recent piece in Aeon Magazine, The End of Walking, went viral in urbanist circles, touching on several themes related to our “right to walk.”

In her turn on Talking Headways, Antonia talks about how she became addicted to walking and her experiences walking in Russia, Austria, Upstate New York, and the American West. We also discuss how our brains are intricately connected to our legs and why it’s important for coordination to walk on uneven surfaces at an early age.

Did you know that in states like Montana, drivers on the open range are deemed responsible if they collide with a cow? That’s not how it works when a driver hits someone on a city street. All that and much more on this week’s podcast. Come join us for a walk around the world.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Good podcast, thanks. I’m reminded of a book by Thom Hartmann I read a few years ago, Walking Your Blues Away, which discusses the psychological as well as physical benefits of walking and ranges further afield (if you know Hartmann’s work you won’t be surprised at this) into the history and effectiveness of what he calls bilateral therapies. “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”–Thomas Jefferson, as quoted in Hartmann’s book.

  • blindeke

    great talk. thanks for the streets.mn shoutout!

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