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Recent Episodes

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Tamika Butler on Antiracism, Equity, and Self-Care Through Solopreneurship

As a watershed year comes to a close, Tamika Butler, Esq., founder and principal of Tamika L. Butler Consulting, joins People Behind the Plans host Courtney Kashima on the podcast. The result is a stirring, uplifting, and funny conversation on the issues facing everyone who works to undo society’s inequities.

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Seeking Justice and Showing Communities Love Through Planning

People Behind the Plans host Courtney Kashima, AICP, chats with social justice planner Monique López, AICP, MCRP, MA, founder of the anti-racist, values-driven participatory planning and design firm Pueblo Planning. Monique shares stories from some of the firm's projects, merging anecdotes with the wisdom they brought her to create poignant takeaways for listeners.

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How El Paso Reimagined Capital Improvement Planning During COVID-19

When projected revenue shortfalls put most of the City of El Paso's scheduled capital improvement projects on hold, planners in this Texas border city saw an opportunity to rethink the capital improvement planning (CIP) and budgeting process and reprioritize projects using an equity-focused approach.

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Planners Are Helping Small Businesses Become Resilient Amidst the Pandemic

APA public affairs manager Emily Pasi talks with two Massachusetts planners: Angela Cleveland, AICP, of the City of Amesbury, and Matthew Coogan, AICP, of the City of Newburyport. Listeners find out how planners in these communities are helping local small businesses navigate the pandemic by innovating and planning for a more resilient future.

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A Medical Anthropologist Says Planners Are Vital to COVID-19 Recovery

Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana joins host Jim Schwab, FAICP, on this episode of the Resilience Roundtable podcast series to talk about the critical skills planners bring to the table with regard to COVID-19 recovery efforts, how the pandemic disproportionately affects communities of color, and more.

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Harnessing Data and Knowledge of New York City Facilities to Respond to COVID-19

New York City's response to COVID-19 required unprecedented creativity and collaboration among its city agencies. Bob Tuttle, director of the New York City Department of City Planning’s Capital Planning Division, comes on the podcast to describe to Ann Dillemuth, AICP, how, in the early days of the response, the division was asked to use its robust datasets and knowledge of city facilities to identify possible locations for surge hospitals.

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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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