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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Resilience Roundtable: Ivis Garcia Zambrana, AICP, PhD

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. Professor Ivis Garcia Zambrana, AICP, PhD, sits down with Resilience Roundtable podcast host Jim Schwab, FAICP, to discuss the aftermath of the disaster, outline plan updates that occurred postdisaster, and overall paint a portrait of a complex but thoughtful recovery process still underway.

Four images (top left: a wildfire raging through a forest; top right: waves crashing onto a waterfront road during a storm in a coastal town; bottom right: a California farmhouse surrounded by drought-ravaged land; bottom left: an aerial of a river) with the words 'Resilience Roundtable' laid on top. Bottom right photo by flickr user John Wiess (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jweiss3/).

Resilience Roundtable: After the Camp Fire, Part II

In the first of a two-part episode, Bill Siembieda, AICP, PhD, talks with Butte County, California, planning staff about the aftermath of the 2018 Camp Fire — one of the deadliest and costliest wildfires in the state's history, with 85 casualties and more than 50,000 people evacuated from their homes. Part II of these conversations features Tim Snellings, director of development services for Butte County.

Four images (top left: a wildfire raging through a forest; top right: waves crashing onto a waterfront road during a storm in a coastal town; bottom right: a California farmhouse surrounded by drought-ravaged land; bottom left: an aerial of a river) with the words 'Resilience Roundtable' laid on top. Bottom right photo by flickr user John Wiess (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jweiss3/).

Resilience Roundtable: After the Camp Fire, Part I

In the first of a two-part episode, Bill Siembieda, AICP, PhD, talks with Butte County, California, planning staff about the aftermath of the 2018 Camp Fire — one of the deadliest and costliest wildfires in the state's history, with 85 casualties and more than 50,000 people evacuated from their homes. Part I of these conversations features Dan Breedon, AICP, principal planner for Butte County.

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People Behind the Plans: Kelwin Harris

Kelwin Harris is the director of outreach and engagement for the Office of the Cook County Assessor in Chicago. In this episode of the People Behind the Plans podcast, host Courtney Kashima, AICP, talks with Kelwin about his work, upbringing, and thoughts on how planners can advance equity in their work and the profession.

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People Behind the Plans: Todd Vanadilok, AICP

Todd Vanadilok, AICP, talks with People Behind the Plans host Courtney Kashima, AICP, about his planning-focused educational comic series, social justice, and avoiding "one size fits all" planning approaches.

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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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