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How the Invention of the Automobile Shaped Society


On Cool Science Radio, Tom Standage comes on to talk about his new book, A BRIEF HISTORY OF MOTION: From the Wheel to the Car, to What Comes Next.


The best-selling car in the US in 1897 was electric, and by 1900 steam vehicles were most popular, with electric cars in second place and gasoline-powered vehicles third.


John and Lynn talk with Tom about how the car shaped society and the future of personal transportation.


Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.