Affordable housing. Urban design. Disaster recovery. Futurism and the global economy. Autonomous vehicles. These are just some of the topics APA's podcast delves into with deep curiosity, expert analysis, and affecting, true-life stories. Throughout every episode of the podcast, listeners of all backgrounds — from those ensconced in the daily challenges and rewards of planning to those coming to the field with fresh eyes — get a firsthand look at what it means to be a planner in a world that needs them now more than ever.

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Recent Episodes

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People Behind the Plans: Enessa Janes, AICP, PhD

On this resilience-focused episode of People Behind the Plans, host Courtney Kashima, AICP, and Enessa Janes, AICP, PhD, discuss Enessa's work as community resilience coordinator at the City of Arvada, Colorado.

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The Compton's Transgender Cultural District

In 2017, San Francisco designated six blocks of the Tenderloin neighborhood as the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District. In the first episode of the podcast series No Small Stories, APA visits the area to learn about how it’s fighting gentrification and displacement and creating a safe, economically productive home for the city's transgender community.

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People Behind the Plans: Julie Burros

Julie Burros sees arts and culture not only as an end in itself but also as a way planners can solve intractable problems. Throughout her career, she's helped governments leverage experimental, artist-designed projects, and she thinks artists can push planners to think outside the box.

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People Behind the Plans: Donald Shoup, FAICP

By his estimation, Donald Shoup, FAICP, thinks about parking more than anybody else. That seems plausible, as he's been a longtime advocate for progressive parking policy. In fact, his ideas have spread so widely that not only does he have fans, but they even have a nickname for themselves: "Shoupistas."

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People Behind the Plans: Dan Parolek

The idea of increasing density in a neighborhood is frequently an off-putting concept for residents, but Dan Parolek has a solution: the "missing middle."

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People Behind the Plans: John Rahaim

During NPC19 in San Francisco, host Courtney Kashima, AICP, sat down with John Rahaim, the city and county's planning director. On the table during their conversation were issues the city's grappling with now, from the housing crisis and homelessness to design review and short-term rentals.

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APA Podcast Series

People Behind the Plans

Planners of every discipline share the impactful work they do. Led by host Courtney Kashima, AICP, these conversations illuminate the essential hows and whys of planning.

Planning the Autonomous Future

Listen to experts discuss how autonomous vehicles could (and should) fit into the public right-of-way.

Resilience Roundtable

Planners and allied professionals who make resilience their mission, even in the face of devastating natural hazards, share their stories and best practices.

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