Will America’s Infrastructure Get A Makeover?, Why You Should Try Being A Beginner

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Pete Buttigieg is sworn in as Transportation Secretary by Vice President Kamala Harris in the Old Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

We spend lots of time trying new things as kids, whether we want to or not, but as adults we tend to stick to what we know. We talk to the author of a new book about the value of being a beginner. We also talk with a national transportation research expert about the needs and direction of the United States’ infrastructure.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Jana Rose Schleis Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Rocky Moretti Guest
  • Tom Vanderbilt Guest

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