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October 20, 2017

Expect Delays

We all love to travel to different places, but not many of us like the stressful, banal process of the journey. This week, stories about delays—including a town known entirely for its speed trap, and a woman who comes up against bureaucratic nightmares every time she wants to go just a few blocks away.

Prologue

Ira talks to JetBlue pilot Anne Aldrich about the unusual speech she gives before take-off. (11 minutes)

The Longest Distance Between Two Points

New York City has a paratransit service called Access-a-Ride for passengers who are disabled and elderly. But people who rely on the system refer to it as Stress-a-Ride. We hear from Britney Wilson, who uses the service every day. A version of Britney’s story first appeared on Longreads. (11 minutes)

Song:

“Speed Trap Town” by Jason Isbell
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