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Hosted by Benjamin Ulrey and Jon Roberts, Polis is a fortnightly discussion examining the impact of our urban environment on everything from politics and economics to our diets and health. Come join our conversation as we think through what we want from the cities we live in and the part they play in shaping each of us.

Latest Episodes

011: E-Scooters And Bike Sharing: Future Of Transit or Public Nuisance?

Ben and Jon talk about the recent phenomena of bike sharing programs and E-scooters. These new modes of transport have taken the cities of the world by storm causing all sorts of unexpected outcomes. Our hosts get into their personal experiences with these systems the potential revolution in transport that they presage as well as the serious concerns they have with the direction of this progress.

67 MIN2018 NOV 6
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011: E-Scooters And Bike Sharing: Future Of Transit or Public Nuisance?

010: Los Angeles

A show about cities should explore concrete examples and case studies in urban growth and development. To that end this we our hosts begin a series of City profiles with Jon’s hometown: Los Angeles. They discuss the city’s history, present, and future as well as some of the unique attributes of the place and what it’s like to live there.

65 MIN2018 AUG 7
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010: Los Angeles

009: Megaprojects, Are They Worth It?

Megaprojects, they’re the biggest and most impactful manifestation of infrastructure and urban policy on Earth. Our hosts have a discussion trying to define these projects and break down examples of the financial disasters and engineering wonders they create. They then evaluate this method of investment exploring if there’s a better way to build world class infrastructure and if these enormous investments are truly worth it.

61 MIN2018 JUL 10
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009: Megaprojects, Are They Worth It?

008: Airbnb And The Global Housing Crisis

Ben and Jon discuss the impact of AirBnB on cities around the world, how some cities are responding, and the broader implications on both urban housing policy and travel markets.

65 MIN2018 JUN 30
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008: Airbnb And The Global Housing Crisis

007: Walkable City Part 2

Ben and Jon dive into second half of Walkable City by Jeff Speck. They examine the 10 steps of walkability and the four subsections: the Useful Walk, Safe Walk, Comfortable Walk, and the Interesting Walk. They apply these to cities they’ve spent time in and talk about the process of implementing the policies involved with these kinds of reforms.

57 MIN2018 JUN 10
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007: Walkable City Part 2

006: Walkable City Part 1

Ben and Jon discuss the book Walkable City by Jeff Speck. They talk about why you might want to read the book and the first two sections that cover the general theory of walkability and why walkability is so central to the functioning of a great city.

55 MIN2018 MAY 27
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006: Walkable City Part 1

005: Autonomous Vehicles Will Reshape Cities

Ben and Jon discuss the looming arrival of autonomous vehicles. They go through what they’re likely to look like, how they’ll first arrive, and how they may reshape the world’s cities. They also touch on how these advances will impact investments in public transit.

68 MIN2018 MAY 2
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005: Autonomous Vehicles Will Reshape Cities

004: What The Best Cities Do Right

Jon and Ben discuss some of the best cities on earth and what they get right. They look at what these cities have in common and the importance of green space and street life. They then describe what an ideal city might look like if we built it from scratch today.

69 MIN2018 APR 17
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004: What The Best Cities Do Right

003: The Emergence Of Modern Cities

Ben and Jon discuss the when, how, and why modern cities emerged. They go into many of the key technologies that facilitated this transition and their externalities, both good and bad. They then talk about some technologies that have shaped cities in the last thirty years and examine what challenges lie before cities in the coming decades.

59 MIN2018 APR 3
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003: The Emergence Of Modern Cities

002: How Permanent Settlements Changed The Human Experience

Ben and Jon talk through the origins of cities, where and why they started and what advantages they brought to early people. They also discuss the impacts good and bad of shifting into an agricultural and settled society. They touch on the power dynamics created by the creation of property and how people’s lives change when moving into an urban setting for the first time.

66 MIN2018 MAR 17
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002: How Permanent Settlements Changed The Human Experience

Latest Episodes

011: E-Scooters And Bike Sharing: Future Of Transit or Public Nuisance?

Ben and Jon talk about the recent phenomena of bike sharing programs and E-scooters. These new modes of transport have taken the cities of the world by storm causing all sorts of unexpected outcomes. Our hosts get into their personal experiences with these systems the potential revolution in transport that they presage as well as the serious concerns they have with the direction of this progress.

67 MIN2018 NOV 6
Comments
011: E-Scooters And Bike Sharing: Future Of Transit or Public Nuisance?

010: Los Angeles

A show about cities should explore concrete examples and case studies in urban growth and development. To that end this we our hosts begin a series of City profiles with Jon’s hometown: Los Angeles. They discuss the city’s history, present, and future as well as some of the unique attributes of the place and what it’s like to live there.

65 MIN2018 AUG 7
Comments
010: Los Angeles

009: Megaprojects, Are They Worth It?

Megaprojects, they’re the biggest and most impactful manifestation of infrastructure and urban policy on Earth. Our hosts have a discussion trying to define these projects and break down examples of the financial disasters and engineering wonders they create. They then evaluate this method of investment exploring if there’s a better way to build world class infrastructure and if these enormous investments are truly worth it.

61 MIN2018 JUL 10
Comments
009: Megaprojects, Are They Worth It?

008: Airbnb And The Global Housing Crisis

Ben and Jon discuss the impact of AirBnB on cities around the world, how some cities are responding, and the broader implications on both urban housing policy and travel markets.

65 MIN2018 JUN 30
Comments
008: Airbnb And The Global Housing Crisis

007: Walkable City Part 2

Ben and Jon dive into second half of Walkable City by Jeff Speck. They examine the 10 steps of walkability and the four subsections: the Useful Walk, Safe Walk, Comfortable Walk, and the Interesting Walk. They apply these to cities they’ve spent time in and talk about the process of implementing the policies involved with these kinds of reforms.

57 MIN2018 JUN 10
Comments
007: Walkable City Part 2

006: Walkable City Part 1

Ben and Jon discuss the book Walkable City by Jeff Speck. They talk about why you might want to read the book and the first two sections that cover the general theory of walkability and why walkability is so central to the functioning of a great city.

55 MIN2018 MAY 27
Comments
006: Walkable City Part 1

005: Autonomous Vehicles Will Reshape Cities

Ben and Jon discuss the looming arrival of autonomous vehicles. They go through what they’re likely to look like, how they’ll first arrive, and how they may reshape the world’s cities. They also touch on how these advances will impact investments in public transit.

68 MIN2018 MAY 2
Comments
005: Autonomous Vehicles Will Reshape Cities

004: What The Best Cities Do Right

Jon and Ben discuss some of the best cities on earth and what they get right. They look at what these cities have in common and the importance of green space and street life. They then describe what an ideal city might look like if we built it from scratch today.

69 MIN2018 APR 17
Comments
004: What The Best Cities Do Right

003: The Emergence Of Modern Cities

Ben and Jon discuss the when, how, and why modern cities emerged. They go into many of the key technologies that facilitated this transition and their externalities, both good and bad. They then talk about some technologies that have shaped cities in the last thirty years and examine what challenges lie before cities in the coming decades.

59 MIN2018 APR 3
Comments
003: The Emergence Of Modern Cities

002: How Permanent Settlements Changed The Human Experience

Ben and Jon talk through the origins of cities, where and why they started and what advantages they brought to early people. They also discuss the impacts good and bad of shifting into an agricultural and settled society. They touch on the power dynamics created by the creation of property and how people’s lives change when moving into an urban setting for the first time.

66 MIN2018 MAR 17
Comments
002: How Permanent Settlements Changed The Human Experience
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