The Future of Automobiles

Climate & Transportation Summit

Are flying cars, self-driving vehicles, and biomass-mobiles really in our future? Learn just how far — and how soon — technology will transport us into the future with this podcaster, author and frequent contributor to the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine and NPR. Explore why speaker Jack Hitt says that “we are living through the most intense frenzy of transportation creativity since the 1890s.” Moderated by Larry Rifkin, host of America Trends podcast and former programming chief for Connecticut Public Television.

Jack Hitt

Jack Hitt is the cohost of the podcast Uncivil, which won the Peabody Award in 2018. His most recent book is Bunch of AmateursA Search for the American Character (Crown, 2012). He’s a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s, and his nonfiction, for which he’s won the Livingston and Pope awards, also appears in the New YorkerWIRED, and Vanity Fair. His book Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain (Simon & Schuster, 1994) was made into the 2010 motion picture The Way.

Larry Rifkin

Larry Rifkin's career in Connecticut broadcasting spans a 50 year period including the majority of his time spent as the chief programming executive for Connecticut Public Television. There, he become associated with mega-successes, including Barney the Dinosaur which he discovered in home video and brought to PBS and the placement of UConn Women's basketball on television. As a result of these achievements and 50 regional EMMY's during his tenure, Rifkin was inducted into the New England Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in recognition of lifetime achievement. He was also a talk show host on 1320 WATR from 2010-2017. He is now the host of America Trends podcast, which focuses on emerging social and political issues in our country. "No Dead Air" describes his journey in broadcasting.

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