Episode of the day: “H-Day”

Listen to “H-Day” (18:53)

Podcast: 99% Invisible (Episode 215)

Left-hand traffic vs right-hand traffic. Why and how to organize a whole country to switch from driving on the left side of the road to the right side… and vice-versa.

More information:

Dagen H on Wikipedia

Left and right-driving countries

H-day. (Image: from 99percentinvisible.org)

Episode of the day: “Separation Anxiety”

Listen to “Separation Anxiety” (18:30)

Podcast: 99% Invisible (Episode 213)

This is an episode about separating your garbage into the various categories: plastic, paper, glass, compost, etc. Do you do it at home? Or someone does it for you? Waste sorting and management should definitely start at home. It’s only a matter of creating the habit and a system that works in your household.

More information:

Interesting and short video on How a sorting machine works.

The article “Those Wasteful Europeans” in The Atlantic is great! The idea that Americans produce the most waste per capita seems to be an old one.

Image: From urbanieri.com

Episode of the day: “The Grand Dame of Broad Street”

Listen to “The Grand Dame of Broad Street”

Podcast: 99% Invisible

Important developments in medicine linked to a building! A great and interesting story of both the building and event that started Legionnaires disease.

More information:

Great site on dedicated exclusively to The Historic Bellevue-Stratford

Article in The New York Times

A little more about The American Legion

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Letterhead of the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, 1916. (Image: The Cooper Collection of U.S. Hotel History)

 

Episode of the day: "Soul City"

Listen to “Soul City”

Podcast: 99% Invisible (Episode 207)

A failed project for a city exclusively for African-Americans. Would that really help the racial divide?

As stated in the podcast’s website: “In the late 1960s, a civil rights leader named Floyd B. McKissick, at one time the head of CORE (the Congress on Racial Equality) proposed an idea for a new town.  He would call this town Soul City and it would be a place built for and by black people—a land of black opportunity in rural North Carolina.”

More information:

Interesting article about Soul City in Citylab

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Sign marking the entrance to Soul City
(image: Tijuana Brass)

 

Episode of the day: "The White Elephant of Tel Aviv"

Listen to “The White Elephant of Tel Aviv”

Podcast: 99% Invisible (Episode 206)

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Perspectival section drawing of the original building design
(image: 99% Invisible)
“Israeli buses regularly make international headlines, be it for suicide bombings, fights over gender segregation, or clashes concerning Shabbat schedules. One particular ill-fated megastructure, however, has been at the nexus of various lesser-publicized conflicts: a building in Tel Aviv designed to be the largest bus station in the world.”

More information:

Article about Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station in Forward

Article in The Times of Israel

Youths practice their downrocks in Tel Aviv's Central Bus Station. (photo credit: Yifa Yaakov/The Times of Israel)
Youths practice their downrocks in Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station.
(image: Yifa Yaakov/The Times of Israel)

Episode of the day: "The Green Book"

“The Green Book”

Podcast: 99% Invisible (Episode 201)

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Interesting story on how far segregation went and what one man did to help people dealing with it.

“The middle of the 20th Century was a golden age for road travel in the United States. Cars had become cheap and spacious enough to carry families comfortably for hundreds of miles. The Interstate Highway System had started to connect the country’s smaller roads in a vast nationwide network. Finally, tourists could make their way from New York to California, seeing the grandeur of America along the way. That freedom and mobility, however, was not equally available to everyone.”

Listen to “The Green Book”

More information:

The Negro Motorist Green Book on Wikipedia

Victor H. Green on Wikipedia

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Episode of the day: "Miss Manhatan"

“Miss Manhattan”

Podcast: 99% Invisible (Episode 200)

“Audrey Munson was once the most famous artist’s model in the United States. Over 30 statues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art were made in her likeness, and she adorns dozens of memorials and bridges and buildings all over the city. Although the body and face of Audrey Munson have been immortalized in iron and marble, her name is mostly forgotten. In the early 20th century, however, she was famous.”

Listen to “Miss Manhattan”

More information:

American Venus is a book about Audrey Munson’s life.

Article on The New York Times

Article on Keith York City