Talking Headways Episode 100: Moving Sidewalks With Tanya Snyder

Tanya Snyder returns to the podcast this week for a milestone: the 100th episode of Talking Headways. In addition to some reminiscing, we gaze into the future to assess Isaac Asimov’s dream of moving sidewalks. We also discuss the DC Metro and the maintenance problems that have led to talk of a looming shutdown. And in the third and final act we consider how moving to a new location can shape your transportation decisions.

So listen in as we pass the century mark this week on Talking Headways.

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