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The War on Cars
The War on Cars
The War on Cars, LLC

The War on Cars is a podcast about car culture, mobility and the future of cities. We bring you news, commentary and... more

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TEASER: Super Bowl Extra

***This is a preview of a Patreon-exclusive bonus episode. For complete access to this and all of our bonus content, become a... more

15 Feb 2024 · 4 minutes
Super Bowl LVIII Roundup

In what’s become an annual tradition, we take a critical look at the car ads that aired during the Super... more

14 Feb 2024 · 41 minutes
Should SUV Ads Be Banned?

Did you ever see a car advertisement that you thought was so ridiculously irresponsible it should be banned? Well, the... more

06 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
TEASER: Delivering the Goods with Shawon and Fokhrul

This is a preview of a special bonus episode for Patreon supporters of The War on Cars!   ... more

30 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
The Future of Transportation Has Arrived With Your Pad Thai

Baruch Herzfeld is the CEO and co-founder of PopWheels, where he is working to develop New York City’s first e-bike... more

16 Jan 2024 · 37 minutes
Fixing America's Car Culture with David Zipper

Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2024 by bringing you our conversation with David Zipper, one of the hardest-working analysts... more

02 Jan 2024 · 48 minutes
TEASER: Listener Origin Stories

Last month the three hosts told their origin stories, or how they first became aware of the problems associated with... more

26 Dec 2023 · 5 minutes
TEASER: Hess for the Holidays

Since 1964, the Hess Corporation has released a toy truck for the holiday season, an annual tradition that’s highly anticipated... more

21 Dec 2023 · 2 minutes
Road Ecology with Ben Goldfarb

In his new book, Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping The Future of Our Planet, independent conservation journalist Ben Goldfarb... more

19 Dec 2023 · 43 minutes
What the Hell is Happening In the UK?

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has declared it’s time to end what he calls “the war on motorists.” First, the... more

05 Dec 2023 · 48 minutes
TEASER: Origin Stories

Have you ever found yourself wondering, how did Aaron, Doug and Sarah get mobilized into the war on cars? What... more

28 Nov 2023 · 5 minutes
John Bauters, America's Bike Mayor

Since he was elected mayor in 2020, John Bauters has gained an international reputation for his work to transform transportation... more

07 Nov 2023 · 33 minutes
Dark PR with Grant Ennis

In his new book, Dark PR: How Corporate Disinformation Harms Our Health and the Environment, Grant Ennis — a lecturer... more

24 Oct 2023 · 50 minutes
Unintended Consequences with Steven Johnson

This year, 2023, marks the hundredth anniversary since chemical engineer Thomas Midgley, Jr. made the discoveries that led to the... more

10 Oct 2023 · 42 minutes
TEASER: Celebrating Your Wins!

In this bonus episode just for Patreon supporters of The War on Cars, we do a quick news roundup before... more

03 Oct 2023 · 8 minutes
Why Congestion Pricing Matters with Diana Lind

After 16 years of slogging its way through municipal, state and federal government and every imaginable form of public process,... more

19 Sep 2023 · 38 minutes
TEASER: Coach Balto's Bike Bus Lessons

While working on Episode 110, Back to School with the Bike Bus, we spoke with Sam Balto, a phys... more

12 Sep 2023 · 8 minutes
Back to School with the Bike Bus

If you’ve never heard of a bike bus—or a bicibús, as it’s known in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona—it’s a... more

05 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Inclusive Transportation with Veronica O. Davis

In her new book, Inclusive Transportation: A Manifesto for Repairing Divided Communities, Veronica O. Davis — the Director of Transportation and... more

22 Aug 2023 · 44 minutes
TEASER: Chaos in the Bike Lane with Aaron Gordon

The rising problem of mopeds and motorcycles in New York City bike lanes is impossible to ignore but the solutions... more

08 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
EXTRA: Inside Automotive Journalism with Bob Sorokanich

***This is a bonus episode that was previously only available to Patreon supporters of The War on Cars. If you... more

01 Aug 2023 · 51 minutes
TEASER: Live from New York!

This special episode of The War on Cars was recorded live before a sold-out audience at Caveat on the Lower... more

25 Jul 2023 · 5 minutes
Traffication with Paul Donald

In his groundbreaking book, Traffication: How Cars Destroy Nature and What We Can Do About It, scientist and researcher Paul... more

18 Jul 2023 · 40 minutes
SPECIAL: Freeway Exit

This is a special presentation of the first episode of Freeway Exit, a six-part series produced by award-winning reporter Andrew... more

11 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
Is It Worth It To Confront Drivers?

Have you ever been walking across the street when a driver turned into your path and almost hit you? Or... more

27 Jun 2023 · 45 minutes
TEASER: Inside Automotive Journalism with Bob Sorokanich

Have you ever wondered what the reporters who cover the auto industry think about oversized SUVs and pickups and... more

20 Jun 2023 · 9 minutes
Nick Offerman

You may know the actor Nick Offerman as the gruff city parks director Ron Swanson on the NBC comedy Parks... more

06 Jun 2023 · 52 minutes
TEASER: Hollywood and Bikes, Take 2

In episode 103, we looked at depictions of cyclists in movies such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and TV shows such... more

30 May 2023 · 4 minutes
Paved Paradise with Henry Grabar

All car trips begin and end with a place to park, making a parking space “nothing less than the link... more

23 May 2023 · 52 minutes
TEASER: Discovering Oil with Amy Westervelt

Weird things happen when you're an investigative reporter trying to cover an international oil giant like ExxonMobil. Your plane tickets... more

16 May 2023 · 5 minutes
Arrested Mobility with Charles Brown

In Huntsville, Alabama, it’s illegal to play ball on any street, alley, or sidewalk. In Lewiston, Maine, pedestrians must keep... more

09 May 2023 · 36 minutes
TEASER: Into the Fold with Brompton's Will Butler-Adams

On our last episode, we mentioned the brief cameo that a Brompton folding bicycle had on season 2 of... more

25 Apr 2023 · 2 minutes
Why Does Hollywood Hate Bikes?

Chances are, if a character rides a bicycle in a movie or TV show that character is a huge loser.... more

11 Apr 2023 · 45 minutes
TEASER: You Can't Afford to Live Here Because of Cars

What if we told you that some of the biggest, most exciting, and potentially transformative victories in The War on... more

28 Mar 2023 · 8 minutes

“15-minute cities” are having a moment, and not exactly in a good way. How did a mundane urban planning concept... more

21 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Feminist City with Leslie Kern

EPISODE 101: FEMINIST CITY WITH LESLIE KERN Cities have almost always been designed by men, prioritizing men’s needs as defined... more

07 Mar 2023 · 38 minutes
TEASER: Super Bowl Roundup

It's our annual Super Bowl roundup, where we analyze the car ads that ran during the Big Game and... more

28 Feb 2023 · 5 minutes
The War on Cars Turns 100

This marks the 100th episode of The War on Cars, and we’re feeling pretty good about it! In our centenary... more

21 Feb 2023 · 57 minutes
TEASER: Cars, Consumerism and Climate

What does the recent culture-war freakout over gas stoves have in common with efforts to maybe, possibly, just a... more

07 Feb 2023 · 3 minutes
Car Brain with Dr. Ian Walker

Is it acceptable to harm another person? To steal someone’s private property? To bend health and safety rules just to... more

31 Jan 2023 · 41 minutes
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Chances are, if a character rides a bicycle in a movie or TV show that character is a huge loser. From The... more