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TRB's Transportation Explorers Podcast

subscribe to the sounds of science podcast This series gives voice to the many volunteers of the Transportation Research Board and other leading transportation experts. Co-hosts Elaine Ferrell and Paul Mackie explore the latest and most critical research and innovations in transportation. The show is a production of TRB and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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Stewart Mader and How Transit Gets People to Vaccinations (Fri, 04 June 2021 12:20:20 -0400) Mader final.mp3

Stewart Mader of VaxTransit discusses transit innovations and ways to communicate its benefits.

Robert Sumwalt and Prioritizing Transportation Safety Measures (Thur, 20 May 2021 12:20:20 -0400)

Robert Sumwalt, Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, discusses the latest NTSB “Most Wanted List” for safety in all modes of transportation.

Jane Lappin and Technology to Make Cars Safer (Fri, 7 May 2021 12:30:20 -0400) Lappin Final.mp3

Jane Lappin, chair of TRB’s Vehicle-Highway Automation Standing Committee, discusses advances in autonomous vehicles.

Amy Benedick and the Distracted Driving Crisis (Wed, 31 Mar 2021 12:30:20 -0400)

Amy Benedick, a senior study director at Westat, discusses current legislation about distracted driving, ways it can be enforced, and measures to educate the public.

Norm Augustine and Big Ideas for Interstates (Fri, 19 Mar 2021 08:30:20 -0400)

Norm Augustine, chair of TRB’s 2019 Future of the Interstate report, gives an update on how those recommendations could fit into President Biden’s infrastructure plans.

Alicia Trost and COVID Communications (Mon, 1 Mar 2021 12:30:20 -0400)

Alicia Trost, Chief Communications Officer at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), discusses where San Francisco is in the vaccination effort and how excellent communications is crucial to getting riders back on transit.

Chris Hendrickson and Transportation "Net Zero" (Tue, 16 Feb 2021 12:30:20 -0400)

Chris Hendrickson, NAE member and professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses how transportation, still dependent on petroleum, is now the single-largest sector for greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. How do we get to "net zero" transportation emissions by 2050?

Carlos Braceras and Utah’s Vibrant Transportation Culture (Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:30:20 -0400)

Carlos Braceras, Executive Director for the Utah Department of Transportation, discusses how he manages people and places in the eighth-most urbanized U.S. state. He also discusses how research saves DOTs money and how young and new voices present an optimistic transportation future.

Susan Shaheen and Planning Future Mobility (Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:30:20 -0400)

Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center and professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses her latest study, Future of Public Transit and Shared Mobility Scenario Planning for COVID 19 Recovery. She also discusses research needed both within the transportation sector and across other industries.

Katie Turnbull and Texas (Mon, 11 Jan 2021 12:30:20 -0400)

Katie Turnbull of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute discusses transportation priorities for the state and also for the rest of the United States as we continue recovering from COVID-19.

Anthony Foxx and Equity (Tue, 5 Jan 2021 12:30:20 -0400)

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx grew up in a Charlotte neighborhood surrounded by freeways that he thought of as “literal walls.” In this episode, he explores equity issues in transportation.