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What’s Next ATL is the podcast about the big issues facing all of us in metro Atlanta (and around the country), and stories of the people taking them on. Powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

What’s Next ATL is the podcast about the big issues facing all of us in metro Atlanta (and around the country), and stories of the people taking them on. Powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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What’s Next ATL is the podcast about the big issues facing all of us in metro Atlanta (and around the country), and stories of the people taking them on. Powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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English

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470-378-1452


Episodes

COVID & evictions: Can we avoid a crisis?

9/27/2021
In this episode: the story of someone who’s done everything she was supposed to and is still facing eviction. It’s the kind of story that’s becoming alarmingly common in our region — and experts say it’s likely about to get much worse following the end of a national moratorium on evictions in August. Today, we hear about this crisis’s likely dramatic ripple effects, and what can be done. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. More at...

Duration:00:17:29

Our River, Reimagined

8/19/2021
How could 125 miles of trail along the Chattahoochee River transform our relationship with Atlanta’s natural landscape and while really and truly serving the underinvested communities in its path? This ep, we discuss the Chattahoochee Riverlands project with Kate Orff and Na'Taki Osbourne Jelks. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. More at whatsnextatl.org/podcast.

Duration:00:17:59

What if Peachtree Were More Than a Street?

6/30/2021
We spend a morning at the Peachtree Street Demonstration Project, which is testing how a three-block span of shared space for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists works for all those groups. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. More at whatsnextatl.org/podcast.

Duration:00:09:19

How We Talk About Affordable Housing with Dr. Tiffany Manuel

6/7/2021
The language we use to talk about a topic influences how we think about it. And with an entrenched issue like housing affordability, it also impacts the solutions we imagine are possible. This episode, we talk with Dr. Tiffany Manuel, an expert in social justice movements and the narratives around them — about how the narratives and language we use around housing affordability may be hindering our progress — and how we can do better. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional...

Duration:00:15:38

How to Be an “Old Person in Training” with Ashton Applewhite

5/18/2021
How do we build communities that work for people of all ages when many of us don’t want to think about aging at all — especially not our own? This episode, we talk with Ashton Applewhite, TED Talk speaker and author of “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.” What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. More at whatsnextatl.org/podcast.

Duration:00:14:26

Community Land Trusts: Boosting Housing Affordability and Fighting Gentrification

5/5/2021
If you’re a homeowner, much of your house’s value comes from the land it sits on. That’s the fact that drives community land trusts, a strategy to fight gentrification that’s gaining traction. We talk to JaTawn Robinson, who found housing affordability by purchasing a community land trust house through the Atlanta nonprofit Atlanta Land Trust. Plus, we explore the legacy that inspired this model: our nation’s appalling history of racist housing policy. What’s Next ATL is powered by the...

Duration:00:15:36

COVID and Inequity in Metro Atlanta

11/9/2020
Even amidst economic growth, metro Atlanta was a region beset by inequity. What happens, then, when a pandemic and an economic crisis come to town? This episode breaks it down, number by number. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. Find out more at whatsnextatl.org/podcast.

Duration:00:09:58

Comfort Food: Feeding Older Refugees During COVID-19

4/7/2020
The story of how staff at the Center for Pan-Asian Community Services came together in a matter of weeks, to change everything about what they did in order to continue to offer sustenance and care to older refugees and immigrants during the coronavirus pandemic. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. Find out more at whatsnextatl.org/podcast.

Duration:00:10:59

How to Telework While Social Distancing

3/19/2020
So, you’re working at home. And maybe you have everything you need to do it right: your ergonomic chair, your well-lit home office, and your robot nanny bringing you fresh lattes. Or maybe you’re like many of us and find yourself a little stressed by how teleworking is turning out during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here’s a conversation with Georgia Commute Options’ Roz Tucker. We talked about just how to do this telecommuting thing under less-than-ideal conditions. What’s Next ATL is powered by...

Duration:00:11:42

Living Small Goes Big

12/4/2019
Could that cute little backyard cottage solve housing affordability? Okay, so…no, not by itself. But more and more, people are looking to accessory dwelling units — ADUs, for short — to add needed variety to housing choices in metro Atlanta so that people at different stages of life and income-levels can afford to live here. ADUs provide spaces for more than one household to share a single piece of land — whether it’s an in-law suite, a basement apartment, or a tiny house in the...

Duration:00:24:13

Will a Robot Take My Job??

11/27/2019
Workforce automation is growing around the nation and right here in metro Atlanta, and — whether you know it or not — likely has some major effects on your job, too. This episode, we’ll hear about how artificial intelligence and other kinds of automation are already deeply enmeshed in our lives — as well as both the challenges and very real opportunities they pose. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. Find out more about the show at...

Duration:00:20:02

How a Community Transforms, Part 2

11/20/2019
Whether you call it new urbanism, live-work-play or something else, a certain type of development is sweeping the country right now — and making a big splash right here in the ATL. And despite the fact that this phenom’ is often called “urbanism,” many suburban metro ATL communities are leading the way in the movement toward pedestrian-friendly communities with a distinct sense of place. To understand more about why this is happening and what it might mean for our future, we talk with...

Duration:00:21:42

Bonus: Archive Atlanta

11/15/2019
Today, we bring you Archive Atlanta. You know how What’s Next ATL looks to what our future might hold? Well, in her podcast, Victoria Lemos brings listeners stories from Atlanta’s past—and they’re great. This week, we bring you an episode called “Ward System,” explaining how and why the city became broken up into wards—you know, like the Fourth Ward. We’ll be back with a new episode of What’s Next ATL the usual time—next Wednesday morning. See ya then.

Duration:00:17:01

How a Community Transforms, Part 1

11/13/2019
How did it come to be that a small city a full 30 miles north of the city of Atlanta set the precedent for so-called “urban” design — the sort of pedestrian-friendly planning that’s taking suburban and in-town neighborhoods alike by storm? In this episode, we hear the story of Woodstock, Georgia, long a fairly-typical suburb, characterized by fairly-typical suburban development. Today, its downtown is a regional destination and a model for new urbanism. How did that happen, and what can the...

Duration:00:17:26

Metro Atlanta Time Machine

11/8/2019
What will metro Atlanta look like in 2050? And what do we do now, to make it the place we want? Internationally-renowned futurist Glen Hiemstra fills us in on the large-scale trends he says will shape the region between now and 2050, and a couple of folks who do it for a living talk about how to plan for a future you can’t know completely. Also…cute kids! The prognostications of children from the late-‘90s for the distant year of…2020. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional...

Duration:00:25:30

Trailer, Season 2

10/30/2019
Season 2 is almost here. This time around, we’re asking one simple question: How do we build the communities we want? From the big-picture prognostications for our next 30 years, to metro Atlanta’s changing cities and neighborhoods, to the future of work, down to the very homes we live in, we’ll explore how to get from where we are now…to where we want to be. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. Find out more about the show at...

Duration:00:01:45

Help Plan for Our Future

7/23/2019
In this bonus episode, we talk about how you—yes, you—can get involved with a long-range planning effort for metro Atlanta that looks all the way out to the year 2050. Planners want your input on The Atlanta Region’s Plan, which covers areas from housing affordability to transportation to economic growth in metro Atlanta. We also talk about the latest developments in public outreach for plans like this. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…an online game! Sort of a complex “Choose Your Own...

Duration:00:08:21

Season 2 Preview

6/25/2019
Get psyched, because this fall, we’re returning with the question: How do we build the community we want? From tiny houses in our backyards, to breweries in our suburban town centers, to questions of job security in the age of robots, we’ll look at how we got here, where we’re going, and…how on earth do we get there? What’s Next ATL. The big new ideas shaping metro Atlanta, brought to you by the nerds at the Atlanta Regional Commission, plus one former public radio nerd. Subscribe where you...

Duration:00:00:53

Looking Ahead to 2019—Bonus Episode

12/13/2018
In this bonus episode, we ask leaders from around the region to tell us what they see as the biggest issues facing the Atlanta region for 2019. What’s Next ATL is powered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and hosted by Kate Sweeney. Find out more about the show at whatsnextatl.org/podcast.

Duration:00:13:17

Episode 5: Q Proves Them Wrong

12/6/2018
Close your eyes and think, “tractor-trailer driver.” Who do you picture? If you said, “a tough older guy,” you wouldn’t be off the mark. Truckers have a hard job which requires some resiliency. And 94% of them are men, with an average age of 55. As another point of trivia, most truck drivers are white. None of these describe Q. Johnson. Except maybe the tough part. In this episode, we hear Q’s story – about how a local program that uses federal funding to provide training for high-demand...

Duration:00:14:15