Episode 8

Cover your ears: Why are cities so loud?

In this episode, we talk about noise pollution—a much bigger problem than you might realize!

Some of the things we discuss include:

  • the most common (and annoying) sources of outdoor noise
  • adverse mental, physical, and social health effects from too much noise exposure
  • what safe noise levels even are
  • ways to reduce noise in cities (hint: it has a lot to do with cars, like basically everything we talk about)
  • and a whole lot more


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Hosted by AJ Fawver and Jordan Clark. Edited by Jordan Clark.

Music in this episode includes: Sounds of the Supermarket, Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats ("Rocket 88"), Scott Joplin ("Pineapple Rag"), Bob Dylan ("Piano Mood").

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We Built It That Way
A show about how we shape the places we live, and how they shape us—our behavior, relationships, opportunities, and imaginations. Hosted by AJ Fawver + Jordan Clark.