Airline travel has never been safer… but what exactly does that mean? This hour on Focus, Chris Berube talks with Mark Gerchick, author of the new book “Full Upright and Locked Position: Not So Comfortable Truths About Air Travel Today.”
Former Chief Counsel to the Federal Aviation Administration Mark Gerchick writes in his new book that air travel, while once glamorous, has been reduced to “an uncomfortable, crowded and utterly soulless ordeal to be avoided whenever possible.” Do you agree?
This hour on Focus, Chris Berube talks with Gerchick about the behind the scenes details of air travel. He’ll tell us about how the industry has changed since 9/11 and will talk with Chris about why flying first class keeps getting classier while flying economy seems to get more miserable all the time. We’ll also talk with Gerchick about safety; while the act of flying has really never been safer, pilots, like just about anybody else, are overworked and flying with equipment that is sometimes outdated.
Do you have questions about what happens on planes? Focus producer Lindsey Moon was horrified to find out that any humidity inside an airplane is entirely comprised of fluid from the humans on board…sweat and breathing moisture. Tweet us @Focus580, find us on Facebook or post in the comments section below.
Do you bike to work? Why? If you don’t, what’s stopping you? This hour on Focus, we talk about cycling, infrastructure and why some in the area are working to empower a strong cycling and pedestrian community.
According to recent research, most people don’t commute on bikes because they are afraid of being hit by a car. And most people who are comfortable riding bikes in traffic are men. This hour on Focus, we talk with Jeff Yockey, the President of Champaign County Bikes and Cynthia Hoyle, who works with Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit. They’ll tell us about how the cities in our area are working to create infrastructure that fosters a strong pedestrian and cycling community. The month of May also kicks off National Bike Month, and Wednesday is Champaign-Urbana Bike to Work Day. Jeff and Cynthia tell us how to get involved locally.
Ralph Buehler, co-editor of the book City Cycling and an Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech, also joins the conversation this hour. We’ll talk with him about cycling infrastructure and culture across the US and in other parts of the world to see how East Central Illinois compares.
Sharing the road in C-U
Do you bike to work? Do you like listening to music on vinyl? Is the media doing a good job of reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing case? Find out more about what’s coming up next week on Focus and join our conversation.
Coming up next week on Focus, we’ll talk about cycling and how strong biking communities and cultures are fostered, why records are coming back and if they’ll stick around. We’ll also talk about nanotechnology and the exciting possibilities for the future.
With Gary Cziko (Chair of Champaign County Bikes), and , and Lorrie Pearson (President of the Prairie Cycle Club), and , and Carl Stewart (Coordinator of the U of I Campus Bike Project)
With Patrick Smith ( Airline Pilot, Air Travel Columnist for Salon.com, and Host of AskThePilot.com)
With Joseph A. McCartin, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of History; Director, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University)
With Gary Cziko, Ph.D. (Chair, Champaign County Bikes; Professor Emeritus, Education Psychology, University of Illinois), and , and Cynthia Hoyle (Transportation Planning Consultant)
With Patrick Smith (Airline Pilot, Air Travel Columnist for Salon.com, and Host of AskThePilot.com)
With Eben Weiss (Writer, Bicycle Racer, creator of the blog bikesnobnyc)