2023 Archive

December 08, 2023


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In today’s show we focus on Seattle, Washington, with guests Tom Fucoloro, author of  Biking Uphill in the Rain: The Story of Seattle from Behind the Handlebars (University of Washington Press)  and Yasir Alfarag, activist and urban planning graduate student. 

November 04, 2023


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Alon interviews Portland "Citizen Activist" Chris Smith and Nedra talks with Bike Walk KC Policy Director Michael Kelley. Both have a long history of transportation advocacy and both have attempted runs at political office as part of their advocacy.

October 08, 2023

Leadership and Urban Geography

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In the first half of the show our guest is Karen Frost, long-time Portland bicycle activist and the first Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

In the second half of the show Nedra speaks with Atlanta  urban geographer Neill Davis whose work is at  the intersection of education, transportation, planning, and sustainability.  

September 07, 2023

Subatomic particles and bicycle friendly communities

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In the first half of the show our guest  was Dr. Monica Dunford, physicist involved with the discovery of the Higgs boson particle and an ardent cyclist . In the second half Amelia Neptune of The League of American Bicyclists spoke of the Bicycle Friendly America program she heads.

August 06, 2023

Journalism and Blues Music

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In the first half Alon speaks with Jeff Mapes, a retired Oregonian and OPB reporter and author of Pedaling Revolution, How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities.

The guest in the second half is blues musician and historian (author of Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues) Steve Cheseborough who also plays some blues for us. Steve also delivers for Meals on Wheels, by bike of course!

Co-host Nedra Deadwyler will return next month.

July 08, 2023

Public health advocacy and hand-cycling

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In today's show Nedra Deadwyler speaks with Elizabeth Ragan. Currently a White House Fellow, Ms. Ragan was chosen for her contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic response  and expanding vaccine accessibility in Massachusetts. She is also an avid cyclist and strong advocate for health equity and for adaptive cycling.

June 11, 2023

Living car free and The Bicycle Nomad

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Alon speaks with Jamshed Patel, formerly of Portland, now back in his hometown of Leicester, England. They discuss the state of bike infrastructure in Leicester, including an adaptive cycling program.

In the second half Nedra speaks with "Bicycle Nomad" Erick Cedeno about his experiences, including "Adventure Cycling" and tracing the history of the Buffalo Soldiers who traveled by bicycle.

May 06, 2023

Touring, Resilience and Healing

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Alon speaks with retired climate scientist David Goodrich about his book On Freedom Road: Bicycle Explorations and Reckonings on the Underground Railroad and his touring experiences.

In the second half Nedra talks with activist Lindsay Caron Epstein about the traumatic brain injury she suffered when struck by a car, her extraordinary recovery and her advocacy since then.

April 11, 2023

Cycling in Alaska and Increasing Inclusivity

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Alon talks with Jessica Cherry, an Anchorage, Alaska Geoscientist, writer, pilot and co-editor of a wonderful new anthology called Wheels on Ice, stories and accounts of Cycling in Alaska since the 1890s. 

In the second half of the show co-host Nedra Deadwyler will speak with cyclist and activist Devin Cowens, founder of the Atlanta chapter of Radical Adventure Riders. The national organization was founded in 2017 and is at the forefront of creating more inclusive spaces in the cycling community.

March 05, 2023

Journalism and Community Building

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In the first half Alon interviews writer and bikeportland.org reporter Taylor Griggs who will discuss her writings  about cycling and sustainable living in Portland and beyond, including her recent bicycle journey in several western European lands.

In the second half of the show Nedra will speak with Kristen E. Jeffers who is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Black Urbanist multimedia platform, as well as an author, textile artist, urban planner and activist. 

February 19, 2023

Ukraine and NW Arkansas

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Alon talks with Dr. Olha Martynuk, a Ukranian historian who has looked at the history of cycling in the Ukraine and Soviet Union. Here is some of her work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voUcSiiMl8I

In the second half Nedra talks with Bea Apple and Lauren Hildreth of Trailblazers in NW Arkansas about their BikePOC initiative to increase bicycle accessibility and justice.

January 04, 2023


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This month's show includes a rebroadcast of a 2014 interview with Shannon Galphin, adventurer, author, & activist, who shares her work & activism w/ women in Afghanistan

In the second half, Alon speaks with John Waterman of PEAC (Programs to Educate all Cyclists), advocates for transportation equity for those w/ disabilities.

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