Strong Towns publishes three weekly podcasts: the Strong Towns Podcast on Mondays, It’s The Little Things on Wednesdays, and Upzoned on Fridays. This page is your one-stop shop for the latest episodes of all three.
Our podcasts bring you incisive and thoughtful analysis, inspiring examples of positive change, and eye-opening interviews with renowned experts. There’s something for every listener, from the passionate activist to the veteran urban planner or civil engineer.
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The Strong Towns Podcast
Our longest-running podcast, the Strong Towns Podcast is a weekly conversation on the Strong Towns movement, hosted by Strong Towns founder and president Charles Marohn and frequently featuring special guests. The podcast explores how we can financially strengthen our cities, towns, and neighborhoods and, in the process, make them better places to live. Join Chuck in examining how everything from urban design to economics to systems theory to psychology helps inform this core question.
It’s The Little Things
Want to better your community but don’t know where to start? Enter It’s the Little Things: a Strong Towns podcast that gives you the wisdom and encouragement you need to take the small yet powerful actions that can make your city or town stronger.
It’s the Little Things features Strong Towns Community Builder Jacob Moses in conversation with various guests who have taken action in their own places and in their own ways. Find out what motivated them, what they achieved, how they did it, and what lessons they learned along the way.
Sometimes, a hot new story will cross our desks that we need to talk about right away. That's where Upzoned comes in. Join Strong Towns Communications Director Kea Wilson, President Chuck Marohn, and occasional surprise guests to talk in depth about just one big story from the week in the Strong Towns conversation, right when you want it: now.
Recent Podcast Episodes
Here are our most recent podcast episodes as posted on the Strong Towns site:
Your daily commute sucks. Is it also making you go broke?
In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Dustin Ratcliff—founding member of Walk2Connect—about how you can connect with your community on foot, including how to motivate your neighbors to form a walking group, how to use your walking group to influence how your city or town is develop, and how connecting with your community on foot makes our cities and towns stronger.
Building an accessory apartment is one of the gentlest ways you can increase the housing stock in your town. But does that mean that states should be the ones making the rules about how you can do it—even if those rules are permissive?
In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Jordan Katcher—Community Development Specialist for the State of Utah, focusing on rural communities—about how government employees can break down silos in rural communities, including how to choose who to get involved in the process, how to understand the needs of rural communities, and most important, how breaking down silos can make rural communities stronger.
Cities need to be exposed to low levels of stress and disorder in order to become more antifragile over time. Technocratic planning which seeks to make our world too predictable merely sets the stage for future crises.
We’re sharing the video and audio from our January 2019 live webcast Q&A with mega-retail expert Stacy Mitchell.
If your city is struggling to pay the bills, could joining forces with the rich county next door be the answer?
In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with three local leaders in open data—Kyle Taylor, Jesse Hamner, and Habib—share how open data works, including how you can use open data to act on your ideas, how you can encourage your elected officials to adopt open data policies, and how open data can make your city or town stronger.
Cities are complex, organic, emergent things—and we impose top-down order on them at our own peril.
Incremental development doesn’t mean slow development. Here’s how big places that need housing fast can get there using the Strong Towns approach.
In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Latoya Wilson—founder of the Rebuild Workforce Consultancy—shares how you can invest in the youth in your community, including how to understand the learning landscape for youth, how to create programs that are beneficial for students, and how to make your investments last throughout a student’s time in primary school and beyond.
Ever heard someone say, “You can’t live in that part of town if you have kids. The schools are bad!” In this classic podcast episode from 2015, Chuck Marohn talks with Steven Shultis of Rational Urbanism about the myths vs. reality of urban schools.