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How Highways Destroyed the Railroad.

Author/Attorney Stephen Goddard. His new book is "Getting There: The Epic Struggle between Road and Rail in the American Century" (Basic Books). Goddard's interest in trains began as a boy in the 1940s. At that time the regulated railroads were fighting back against the subsidized highways by creating luxurious trains with fancy dining cars that boasted elegant crystal on the tables. "Getting There" documents how the highway lobby succeeded in convincing government to "feed the roads and starve the rails." In this context, Goddard addresses the resulting social and environmental ills and the future of American transportation.


Other segments from the episode on June 27, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 27, 1994: Interview with Sam Chwat; Interview with Stephen Goddard; Review of E. L. Doctorow's novel "The Waterworks."


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