Transportation & Mobility

Transportation & MobilityOnline audio programs, including presentations, panel discussions, documentary and online interviews, talk radio guest appearances, broadcast radio news and feature stories, green performances, and radio documentaries with a broad focus on technology disruptions, autonomous self-driving vehicles, alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles, transportation planning and design, and designing streets and parking for livability, efficiency, and safety.

Specific topics include self-driving electric vehicles employed to provide transportation as a service, why technology disruptions can proceed rapidly, sustainable infrastructure management, electric car sharing, bioethanol and other biofuels, why the true cost of fuel is much higher than what we pay at the pump, shedding our dependence on fossil fuels, and the future of clean renewable transportation energy.

Historic Disruption. Interview with Tony Seba. Seba explains that when technology disruptions happen, they can happen very quickly. He predicts that people born in 2015 will never drive. By 2030, all cars will drive themselves, and we probably won’t own them. Listen Here >>

Re-Designing Cities: Tips On Making The Most Of Concrete. Interview with Hillary Brown. NPR’s Living On Earth focuses on architect Hillary Brown, author of Next-Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works. Brown offers tips on how to make a healthier and more sustainable city utilizing a new approach to the miles and miles of concrete and pavement rights-of-way in big cities. Listen Here >>

Electric Car Sharing Service In Paris Gains Popularity. NPR Here & Now story by Dan Grossman. Autolib members rent electric cars for about 20 cents per minute. And, unlike most car sharing programs in the U.S., members don’t have to return a car to the place where they picked it up. They can leave it at one of 4,000 reserved parking spots spread out all over Paris. Industry analysts say the service and others like it might soon be available in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world. Listen Here >>

AI & Fintech: Clean Disruption. Discussion with Tony Seba. A discussion, including several participants, focusing on how to truly take advantage of and prepare for a future when cars are not privately owned and are self-driving, energy is green, abundant, and cheap, and robots replace workers at a dramatic rate, changing the nature of work forever. Listen Here >>

Air America Radio: The Thom Hartmann Show. Interview with David Blume. The author of Alcohol Can Be A Gas! tells listeners how they can make alcohol fuel for 40 cents a gallon, as well as much more related to alcohol biofuels, permaculture, and beyond (starts at 1:16). Listen Here >>

Lives Per Gallon. Online interview with Terry Tamminen. Explains why the true cost of fuel is much higher than what we pay at the pump, and describes the ways our dependence on fossil fuels could be supplanted by clean renewable energy sources. Listen Here >>

Designing Streets and Parking for Livability. Interview with Dom Nozzi. Discussion of transportation planning and design in Ottawa. That city is in the process of spending large sums to modify their roads. Nozzi suggests designing streets and parking for livability, efficiency, and safety, and he notes that widening roads or expanding free parking is inefficient and counterproductive to community objectives and transportation choice. Listen Here >>

Green Wizardry! Interview with David Blume. In his book Alcohol Can be a Gas!, Blume provides an in-depth exploration of the entire field of bioethanol. In this interview about his book, he discusses its forgotten history as well as the current state-of-the-art. Listen Here >>

Interview With Renowned Architect Peter Ellis. Interview conducted by David Gottfried. Ellis discusses his work on very large site and city design, including Jaypee Sports City that is home to a million people in India, 30 miles south of New Delhi. His city and campus design practice embraces new concepts on transportation, water, energy and waste. Another specialty is the re-structuring of America’s 19th-century cities, focusing on how they could contribute positively to the natural environment. Listen Here >>

Higher Ethanol Blends & Air Pollution. Interview with David Blume. Higher blends of ethanol in gasoline reduces air pollution, including the three major pollutants, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons. Listen Here >>

The Nissan Leaf, The Gulf Oil Spill Disaster & The Story of King Corn. Interviews conducted by David Steinman. Interviews with Paul Scott, co-founder of Plug In America; Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Aaron Woolf, director of “King Corn: You are What You Eat.” Listen Here >>

Fuel: Uncovering America's Dirty Little Secret. Online interview with Josh Tickell. Josh talks with Sierra Club Radio about his new documentary film Fuel: Uncovering America's Dirty Little Secret. Listen Here >>

NPR’s Science Friday: Ethanol Power to the People. Interview with David Blume. Discussion of the most common misconceptions about the use of ethanol for fuel, and about Blume’s vision for decentralized, community supported ethanol production in the United States. Listen Here >>

The Alcohol Revolution. Interview with David Blume. As Executive Director of the International Institute for Ecological Agriculture and author of Alcohol Can Be a Gas!, Blume discusses alcohol, permaculture, and Consumer Supported Energy. Listen Here >>

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