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INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS with Anil Dash and Dan McNichol
Episode 1313th January 2022 • Way Too Interested • Gavin Purcell / LightningPod
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On today's episode of Way Too Interested, writer/podcaster/Glitch CEO Anil Dash talks with Gavin Purcell about his fascination with America's interstate highway system, which started with his father — a civil engineer given a "genius visa" to immigrate from India to help build America's highways and bridges. Anil also talks about his personal history with technology, "living in the future" as a kid, and how the "information superhighway" of the internet is similar to actual highways.

Then, Anil and Gavin are joined by journalist and former White House appointee Dan McNichol, the author of The Roads That Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System. Dan explains how President Dwight D. Eisenhower's vision for a nation crisscrossed by highways became a reality, the negative impact highways have had on various communities, and our present battles over infrastructural issues, such as 5G, broadband internet, and high-speed rail in California.

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Follow Gavin on Twitter @gavinpurcell

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Read Dan's books, including The Roads That Built America