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New York Times science writer John Tierney says recycling is a form of "atonement" that makes no economic sense. But Junkyard Planet author Adam Minter explain why it’s good for business and the environment. The City of LA is rolling out networked bus stops. Do they make streets "great?" Hear from Mayor Eric Garcetti and bus riders. What kind of city would The Martian’s Mark Watney live in if he stayed on Mars? Space educator Kerry Joels and designers Lea Oxenhandler and Fatima Olivieri explain Mars City.

Image: Rendering by Kieran Timberlake, architects of Mars City, a project of the Total Learning Research Institute (TLRI)

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Avishay Artsy

Is Recycling Rubbish? 10 MIN, 26 SEC

New York Times science writer John Tierney says recycling is a form of "atonement" that makes no economic sense and does little to save carbon emissions. But Junkyard Planet author Adam Minter says it’s good for business and the environment.


Bales of recyclables at Santa Monica Recycling Center
Photo by Frances Anderton

Guests:
John Tierney, New York Times (@JohnTierneyNYC)
Adam Minter, Bloomberg World View (@AdamMinter)

Junkyard Planet

Adam Minter

Do Wired Bus Stops Make Great Streets? 8 MIN, 54 SEC

At new bus benches being rolled out by the City of LA you can charge up your phone and access wi-fi while waiting for the bus. But do they make streets "great" -- if buses are infrequent and streets are unwelcoming?

Avishay Artsy explores the issue with bus riders and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.


Soofa bus bench on Central Avenue in South Los Angeles
Photo by Avishay Artsy

Guests:
Avishay Artsy, Producer, DnA: Design and Architecture (@heyavishay)
Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles (@LAMayorsOffice)

More:
Carren Jao on advantages, disadvantages of high-tech bush shelters (LA Times)

Mars City 9 MIN, 19 SEC

What kind of city would The Martian’s Mark Watney live in if he stayed on Mars? Space educator Kerry Joels, and designers Lea Oxenhandler and Fatima Olivieri of Kieran Timberlake Aarchitects explain Mars City, home for a community on the red planet.


Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Cornell, JPL, NASA

Guests:
Kerry Joels, Total Learning Research Institute
Lea Oxenhandler, Kieran Timberlake Associates (@leabeth)
Fatima Olivieri, Kieran Timberlake Associates (@citydwellerpost)

More:
Total Learning Research Institute on Mars City
Kieran Timberlake Architects on modeling a base on Mars
Kieran Timberlake Architects on BIM of virtual Mars base

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