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2016

16 October 2016

It Takes a Village to Green an Alley
Philip Silva, New York
David Maddox, New York City

Story Notes: More and more cities throughout the world are turning to parks, gardens, green roofs, and other kinds of “green infrastructure” to soak up storm water and simultaneously create vibrant...

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11 September 2016

How Did Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon River Restoration Get Its Start? TNOC Podcast Episode 10
Philip Silva, New York
David Maddox, New York City

Story Notes: A casual chat on a bus nearly thirty years ago led to the improbable removal of a major elevated highway and the restoration of a beloved river in...

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10 August 2016

Some Birds Love Cities—Can Cities Love them Back? TNOC Podcast Episode 9
Philip Silva, New York
David Maddox, New York City

Also available at iTunes. Story Notes:  House sparrows, rock pigeons, and red-tailed hawks are three bird species that have successfully—and very visibly—adapted to life in cities. Yet as the number and...

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22 June 2016

What Should We Make of Jane Jacobs’ Critique of Parks in The Death and Life of Great American Cities?—TNOC Podcast Episode 8
Philip Silva, New York
David Maddox, New York City

Also available at iTunes. Story Notes: Andy Hernandez walked into Washington Square Park on a sunny afternoon in 1981 with a cameraman, a boom box, and a mandate to make a music...

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12 May 2016

Look Who’s Coming to Dinner…Bacteria that Eat the Gowanus Sludge—TNOC Podcast Episode 7
Philip Silva, New York
David Maddox, New York City

Also available at iTunes. Story notes: The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is well known throughout New York City as a nearly two-mile-long trench filled with sewage and chemicals left behind by years...

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29 February 2016

The Flint Water Crisis Illuminated by Citizen Science—TNOC Podcast Episode 6
Philip Silva, New York
David Maddox, New York City

Also available at iTunes. Story notes: Federal regulations make clean drinking something close to a guaranteed right for residents of cities in the United States, but not all urban water systems are...

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25 February 2016

Setting Out from Bangkok. TNOC Podcast Bangkok to Barcelona 01
Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

Also available at iTunes. Story notes: I am Jenn Baljko, and my partner Lluís and I started walking from Bangkok, Thailand, back home to Barcelona, Catalonia. Along the 12,000km journey, we’ll explore the idea...

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2015

13 May 2015

The City Bee. TNOC Podcast Episode 005
Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona
David Maddox, New York City

Also available at iTunes. Story notes: (See the companion essay here.) Bees have always been a part of the city landscape. But something is happening in the world today that’s making their...

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15 April 2015

What Is Civic Ecology? 25 Definitions. TNOC Podcast Episode 004
David Maddox, New York City

Also available at iTunes. Story notes: Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball of Cornell’s Civic Ecology Lab convened a workshop in Annapolis Maryland, at the offices of The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, or...

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30 March 2015

Where Can Civic Ecology Lead? TNOC Podcast Episode 003
David Maddox, New York City

Also available at iTunes. Story notes: A conversation about civic ecology between Lance Gunderson, a landscape ecologist from Emory University in Atlanta; Caroline Lewis, of Climate Leadership Engagement Opportunities, or CLEO, in Miami;...

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8 February 2015

Closing the Sustainability and Equity Gap: What Does it Mean to be both a Green and Just City? TNOC Podcast Episode 002
David Maddox, New York City

Also available at iTunes. Story notes: Cities face many challenges with competing solutions: climate change, economic inequality, lack of access to resources and opportunities, and social and political conflict. Can...

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9 January 2015

Participation and Urban Open Space. TNOC Podcast Episode 001
David Maddox, New York City

Also available at iTunes. Story notes: The Nature of Cities was invited to create a session at the 2014 Smart Cities Expo in Barcelona: “Participation and the Role of Green and...

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