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This edition: After Superstorm Sandy: Designing for Disaster

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 1, 2013.

First aired: October 2, 2013.

On the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Brian looks at how New York City is preparing for the next disaster. Guests: Russell Unger, executive director of Urban Green Council and member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Building Resiliency Task Force, and Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture + Urban Design.

Next, household hurricane preparedness from Josh Lockwood, CEO of the Red Cross of the Greater New York region. Most New Yorkers are worried, a new survey says, but, still not getting ready for the next Atlantic punch.

In this week’s “Public Intellectual,” our series looking at research that can change our minds and public policy, pregnancy do’s and don’ts get an economist’s treatment from University of Chicago professor Emily Oster. She’s the author of, “Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong and What You Need to Know About It.”

Dysfunction reigns in Washington, DC but in many cities, services are becoming just a click away. Brian talks to tech policy consultant, Chris Osgood about the "New Urban Mechanics” of Boston, and also about Smart Cities with Anthony Townsend's, author of “Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia.”

Guest List

Josh Lockwood CEO, Red Cross, Greater New York

Chris Osgood Co-Chair, Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Emily Oster Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Anthony Townsend Author, Smart Cities

Russell Unger Executive Director, Urban Green Council

Claire Weisz Founding Principal, WXY Architecture + Urban Design

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