The Sound of Electric Cars and Elizabeth Kolbert on a landmark climate bill

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The Cut Inflation Act currently before Congress is being hailed as the most significant climate legislation in this country’s history – which is “a pretty low bar,” writer Elizabeth Kolbert told David Remnick, “because they never really passed a climate change law. Writer John Seabrook examines how companies are designing the soundscape of cars of the future, because the near-silence of electric vehicles is dangerous. We examine how pro-choice messaging in Kansas borrowed from a classic conservative theme to deliver a surprise victory for reproductive choice. Plus: New Poet Laureate Ada Limón on racehorses, and why she loves fillies the most.

Elizabeth Kolbert on a landmark climate bill

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While the Cut Inflation Act is a huge political win for Democrats, an equally important question surrounds this bill: Will it help save the planet?


Designing a soundscape for the cars of the future

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Electric vehicles are nearly silent, posing hazards to pedestrians and others. John Seabrook examines how sound designers create new sounds to fill the void.


A lesson from Kansas on how to sell abortion rights

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How did abortion advocates persuade a majority of Kansans to support their cause? Peter Slevin takes a close look at messaging.


Ada Lemon’s Day at the Racetrack

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Poet Ada Limón, who lives in Kentucky, was recently named United States Poet Laureate. She took Radio Hour to her favorite racetrack and opened up about her lifelong love for horses.


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