Talking Headways Podcast: Self Driving Cars Getting Drunk on Motor Oil

For the 150th episode of the podcast, this week we welcome back Talking Headways co-founder Tanya Snyder, now a reporter at Politico Magazine. We get into the developing topic of regulating self-driving vehicles, including issues of children’s safety and state versus federal rules. We also discuss aviation legislation in the House of Representatives, what it means for drones, and whether private jets should pay more for air traffic control.

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Talking Headways Podcast: Knight Rider Rides Again

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It was a dark and stormy day in San Francisco and Jeff Wood stayed dry in Woonerf studios, recording the Talking Headways podcast with co-host Tanya Snyder, who was bitter that days after the spring equinox, Washington, DC, was getting hit with another snowstorm. But more importantly — what does the future hold after a […]

Talking Headways Podcast, Episode 4: Car Brain

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In this week’s podcast, Jeff and I discuss the impressive turnout — and possible pitfalls — of London’s “die-in” demonstration for bike safety. We try to contain our envy (but not our amazement) at Paul Salopek’s seven-year walk tracing the path of Homo sapiens from the Rift Valley to Tierra del Fuego. And we discuss […]

Talking Headways Episode 100: Moving Sidewalks With Tanya Snyder

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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 […]

Talking Headways Podcast: California Über Alles

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Welcome to our all-California, all-the-time episode of the Talking Headways podcast. We start with a statewide debate over whether $60,000+ Teslas should qualify for tax breaks — or whether any electric vehicles should get tax breaks. Then on to the conversation about how California’s cap-and-trade dollars should be spent. One proposal, from the State Senate leader, […]

Talking Headways Podcast: One More Freeway Without a Future

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So, Bertha is stuck digging an enormous highway tunnel underneath Seattle. Jeff Wood and I ask the essential question: Does Seattle really need to spend $2.8 billion on a new traffic sewer, when traffic on the Alaskan Way Viaduct has been plummeting? We also highlight this week’s public conversation about CNU’s big report calling out highways just […]