Collin Campbell joined WNYC in 2003 and has reported, edited and produced everything from local newscasts to national programming. He is a co-creator of The Takeaway and Freakonomics Radio, two programs born at WNYC, as well as Transportation Nation, a reporting project that worked with stations coast-to-coast. His work has appeared on WNYC, NPR, The World, Marketplace and The Takeaway.
Collin is a California native, where he attended the University of California, Berkeley and worked for the San Francisco Chronicle, KALW, Weekend America and Southern California Public Radio. In 2006, he reported on the Mexican presidential election for NPR News, The World, Marketplace and the Houston Chronicle.
At about 40 locations around downtown Denver, you can pick up a bike, ride it somewhere else and drop it off. The "Bcycle" program began yesterday, on Earth Day. Bike sharing is a mode of community transportation that's been tried in several European cities, and will be popping up in U.S. cities this summer; Denver is the first big American trial. Nathan Heffel, producer for jazz89 KUVO, checked in on the first day of Mile-High residents trying it out.
It was to be one of the national Stimulus package's proudest shovel-ready projects; high-speed rail lines brought to Florida and California. But a year after its announcement, both states continue to struggle with local issues of planning and economy. We're joined by Public Radio transportation reporter Collin Campbell, who tells us more about how the projects are running into trouble.
Collin Campbell, out in Denver with John Hockenberry.
In 1985, KUVO started broadcasting here. The station began, and continues today, to be the great beating heart of jazz in Denver. Its studios sit in the Five Points neighborhood, the first predominantly African-American section in Denver, and a place famous for its cultural scene since the 1930s.
In January, KUVO started airing The Takeaway. We began to hear from Denver listeners, and we've kept an eye on the local economy, the city's future and its rising political stars. This month, we planned a trip out to visit the KUVO community and to connect with the political mood at the 62nd Annual Conference on World Affairs. That's a forum that began as America was recovering from World War II, where they debated things like the Marshall Plan.
Attorneys general from 16 states are challenging the health care legislation that was signed into law by President Obama last month. They're contesting the constitutionality of the law.
Among the projects picked for federal stimulus spending, Florida's Orlando-Tampa high-speed rail route was a curious place to put $1.25 billion. After all, it's Florida, and the 90-mile route runs through counties President Obama fought over tight margins of victory and defeat. So are the voters of Polk County, smack in between Orlando and Tampa, swayed by a stop on the federally-funded transit future? Takeaway transportation reporter Collin Campbell went to find out.
One year ago, the Obama Administration began pushing billions and billions of dollars out the door. The federal stimulus combines tax cuts, huge chunks of federal spending and the extension of benefits in hopes of stimulating the American economy. So how are American cities changing, and what will we remember about this massive program decades from now?
In last night's State of the Union address, President Obama proposed the ambitious goal of bringing high speed rail to America. He wants to devote eight billion dollars to be doled out to 31 states to overhaul their mass transit systems.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will remain in office for another term after his main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled out of a scheduled runoff election. We talk with Tony Karon, senior editor at Time, for a look at what this means for the U.S. relationship with Karzai and the larger strategy for the war in Afghanistan.
The Mexican city of Puebla is trying a bright pink experiment in a culture famous for its machismo and violence. In an effort to prevent violent crimes against women passengers, 35 new taxis are driving the streets. These pink cars are driven by women and will pick up only female passengers. Inside, each pink taxi comes with a beauty kit, a GPS system and an alarm button. We talk to Eduardo Del Castillo, CEO of Pink Taxi, along with Elena Alvarez, a recent passenger.
For a look inside the Pink Taxi, watch the video below:
New York Times foreign correspondent Dexter Filkins recently returned from Afghanistan, where he talked with Gen. Stanley McChrystal and traveled with American soldiers in one of the country’s most dangerous regions. From his headquarters in Kabul, McChrystal was preparing an analysis for President Obama on what it would now cost – in time, dollars and lives – for the U.S. to win the war. Filkins joins us to report on what it will take for McChrystal’s much-vaunted counterinsurgency approach to work.
The famed moralist and writer Samuel Johnson was born 300 years old today. Randy Cohen, who writes The Ethicist column for The New York Times Magazine, gives us his take on what the crusty, eminently quotable moralist might have made of some of our present-day dilemmas.
1784. ÆTAT.- And now I am arrived at the last year of the life of Samuel Johnson, a year in which, although passed in severe indisposition, he nevertheless gave many evidences of the continuance of those wondrous powers of mind, which raised him so high in the intellectual world. His conversation and his letters of this year were in no respect inferiour to those of former years.
--James Boswell, "The Life of Samuel Johnson"
infa'usting. The act of making unlucky. An odd and inelegant word.
--Samuel Johnson, in "Johnson's Dictionary"
The National Association of Realtors will release their numbers on pending home sales later this morning; those numbers are predicted to be up for the sixth consecutive month. Louise Story, The New York Times reporter, explains the report.
"There is always pressure present when a private company negotiates with the government."
— University of Maryland Professor Peter Morici