People Behind the Plans Podcast Series

Exploring the Work, Life, and Ideas of Planners Across the Field

Hosted by Courtney Kashima, AICP, planner and small business owner of Muse Community + Design in Chicago, the People Behind the Plans podcast series features conversations between planners on work, life, ideas, and problem-solving in a variety of communities.


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Recent Episodes

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Episode 27: Todd Vanadilok, AICP

Todd Vanadilok, AICP, talks with People Behind the Plans podcast 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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Episode 26: 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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Episode 25: 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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Episode 24: 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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Episode 23: 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."

Previous Episodes

Episode 22

John Rahaim

Episode 21

Jana Lynott, AICP

Episode 20

Sadhu Johnston

Episode 19

Trevor Dick, AICP

Episode 18

Commissioner Josina Morita

Episode 17

Nina Idemudia, AICP

Episode 16

Mark de la Vergne

Episode 15

Taryn Sabia

Episode 14

Bob Becker, FAICP

Episode 13

Kate Hartley

Episode 12

Greg Lindsay

Episode 11

Mitchell Silver, FAICP

Episode 10

Kristin Saunders

Episode 9

Jarrett Walker

Episode 8

Doug Farr

Episode 7

Joanna Trotter

Episode 6

Eugenie Birch, FAICP

Episode 5

Lynn Ross, AICP

Episode 4

Bev Wilson, AICP

Episode 3

Scott Page

Episode 2

David Fields, AICP

Episode 1

Jamie Simone, AICP