The Skylines Podcast

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Luckily, we have one right here. 

CityMetric launched the Skylines podcast in February 2016, with the help of producer Roifield Brown. Every two weeks, Jonn Elledge, Stephanie Boland and guests talk about the politics and workings of cities, and test the contention that maps are a great topic for radio. 

You can find us on iTunesAcast or Stitcher. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed. You should definitely do that. 

You can find the back catalogue below. But first, a word about our sponsors.

Skylines is supported by 100 Resilient Cities. Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, 100RC is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

You can find out more at its website.

Previous episodes...

Episode 35: The Manc of the hour

Andy Burnham speaks! The likely mayor of Manchester on his manifesto for England's second city. Plus Patrick Mcguire joins the regulars to discuss the great man.

Episode 34: Limps, marriages and deaths

Stephanie talks public displays of affection talks public displays of affection & @JonnElledge talks about falling down a manhole.

Episode 33: Parallel histories

On histories, real and imagined. Jonn talks about how London got its tube, and Stephanie recounts the oddest article she's seen in ages, re-imagining the UK as a Catholic country.

Episode 32: In the loop

Stephanie's in Chicago, so we chat via Skype about the capital of the midwest and how the US seems to be coping in the age of Trump.

Episode 31: The iron road to Europe

On the history of the British railways, plus Buzzfeed UK's Jim Waterson joins us to talk about the hilariously huge sums Britain wasted failing to get Eurostar trains to run from the north of England to Paris. 

Episode 30: Now we are one

It's our first birthday, so we're getting the old cast back. Former co-host Barbara Speed comes back to talk about the British High Street and ubiquitous bakery chain Greggs, while producer Roifield Brown talks about his home town, Birmingham.

Episode 29: The Permanent Way

Interrailing, weird transport systems, Belgian Boy Scouts and Psychosomatic Diarrhoea. Plus the Guardian tech writer Alex Hern swings by to laugh at Elon Musk's hyperloop.

Episode 28: New year, new mayors

What is going on with England's metro mayors – and why does nobody seem to know? Plus the man who tried to ban death, and the foot powder that got elected mayor.

Episode 27: Christmas special service

The regulars discuss the highlights of 2016; what would be on the CityMetric Christmas playlist; and Stephanie flummoxes Jonn with a surprise quiz.

Episode 26: Parklife

On Christmas, and other fun things to do in the city. Ed Jefferson on long-distance walks, Peter Watts on the crisis facing Britain's parks, and the story of the Gävle goat.

Episode 25: The end of the world

How can we make the world's cities resilient to an increasingly volatile climate? Featuring 100 Resilient Cities' Michael Berkowitz, and Risk Cooperative's Dante Disparte.

Episode 24: Trumpocalypse now

The New Statesman politics team's Stephen Bush and Julia Rampen join us to talk about Donald Trump's election victory and why cities didn't save us.

Episode 23: Roads, ruins and racism

Jonn takes time out from his US election road trip, to talk to Stephanie about Trump, the rustbelt, and why interstates are better than motorways.

Episode 22: Northern soul

On Liverpool, Manchester and the culture of the north of England, with Neil Atkinson from the Anfield Wrap football podcast, and Stuart Maconie off BBC 6 Music.

Episode 21: North and south

On history, economics and the north of England. Ben Harrison and Paul Swinney from the Centre for Cities talk Newscastle, Sunderland and devolution deals, and Jonn tells Stephanie how he managed to offend Liverpool.

Episode 20: Before the flood

How can we protect low-lying cities from rising sea levels? The resilience officers from Rotterdam and Norfolk, Virginia, tell us, while India Bourke updates us on the latest science on climate change and we all get very depressed.

Episode 19: How it all began

History, ancient and modern. Rob Monaco, the man behind the epic Podcast History of Our World, tells us where the world's first cities appeared, and what they may have looked like. And Stephanie tells Jonn about her attempts to move house, and they discuss how London and other world cities have changed of late.

Episode 18: Sex* and the city (*gender)

On planning and patriarchy, with journalist and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, Flâneuse author Lauren Elkin and the women of the Berlinials podcast.

Episode 17: Kings in the north

A bonus episode. Labour has selected its candidates for three major city regions: Andy Burnham in Manchester, Steve Rotheram in Liverpool and Sion Simon in Birmingham. Julia Rampen, editor of the New Statesman's Staggers blog, joins us to discuss what this means for those cities.

Episode 16: Let the games begin

Why did Barcelona work, but Athens didn't? Would dressage be more fun if the horses drank lager? On Olympics and regeneration, featuring Sara Doctors on London's Olympic Park, Peter Watts on the failure to rebuild Battersea Power Station, and listener Jeremy Broome on his adopted city, Singapore. 

Episode 15: Band on the run

Jonn and Stephanie are joined by Neil Codling, the keyboard player from Suede, to discuss how you engage with a city when you see six of them every week of your tour. Oh, and we also discuss busking. Plus, Steffan Storch tells us about his city, Swansea.

Episode 14: Barbarexit

Our co-host Barbara Speed is leaving us. So, for her last appearance, we look back on three of the big questions she answered while at CityMetric. Are there really alligators in the New York Sewers? Is London littered with bottles of discareded Uber piss? And what's the world's smallest skyscraper?

Episode 13: Help! Somebody save us!

Benjamin Barber, the American politican theorist and author of If Mayors Ruled the World, joins us to explain, well, why mayors should rule the world. Plus, Jonn and Barbara are joined by Stephanie Boland to discuss British cities and the fall out from Brexit.

Episode 12: Crossing continents

On migration and immigration. Emmanuel Akinwotu on how Lagos is coping with becoming a megacity; Olivia Cuthbert on life in Za'atari, the refugee camp that's now Jordan's fourth largest city; Lyman Stone on the city Americans love to hate, Washington DC; and we get a bit worried about the Brexit vote.

Episode 11: Fear and loathing in Miami

A *bonus* mini-episode. Jonn tells Barbara about what he did on his holidays – specifically, read about who the whole place he's holidaying in is almost certainly going to drown. So.

Episode 10: Genius Loci

How are our views of places driven by the way they're presented in culture? Stephanie Boland talks literature, then Stephen Bush and Helen Lewis join us to discuss annoying geographical screw ups in TV and film. Plus, Steven Bell on getting around Glasgow.

Episode 9: Cats in a bag

Borders and boundaries, identity and institutions – whether the city is one entity or many, and who it is who gets to decide. Applied Wayfinding's Tim Fendley on disconnections in Toronto, and Drew Reed the fall and rise of street cars in his home town, Los Angeles.

Episode 8: Yes we Khan

A special *bonus* mini-episode, in which our colleage from the New Statesman's politics team Stephen Bush joins us to talk about London's new mayor, as well as elections in Bristol and Liverpool and the looming appearance of metro mayors. 

Episode 7: Transports of delight

How public transport makes a city. Emmanuel Akinwotu on commuting in Lagos, Nicole Badstuber on why megaprojects fail, and a listener from Leeds on why it's the best but also the worst. 

Episode 6: Sound and vision

This week we get cultured. Shain Shapiro, founder of the Music Cities Convention, tells us what makes a music city; arts producer Sara Doctors tells us why Harlow is one of England's most culturally significant towns; and a listener from Toronto tells us about her city.

Episode 5: One in five

On one of the biggest stories in the world today: the urbanisation of China. We talk to Wade Shepard, author of Ghost Cities of China, about how it came about – and whether those cities will stay empty for long. Also, our producer Roifield makes a rare appearance to tell us about his hometown, Birmingham.

Episode 4: When cities attack

On earthquakes and eminent domain. Diana Wall on the African-American village destroyed to build central park, and Michael Bird on how a Bucharest nightclub fire brought down the Romanian government.

Episode 3: You are here

Maps! Maps! Maps! Stewart Mader on his campaign to get the PATH trains onto the New York subway map, and Tim Findley of Applied Wayfinding on how you make a map.

Episode 2: Not a drop to drink

Linda Tirado on the water wars brewing in the American West, and Karim Elgendy on the Middle East.

Episode 1: Globalised cities and their discontents

On London, New York, and why so many people hate us. Guests: Yorkshire's Tom Forth and NYC's Elizabeth Minkel.