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Why can’t America build bullet trains?
Apr 4, 2019

Why can’t America build bullet trains?

Why have bullet trains have been an elusive American goal for more than 50 years? Plus, the latest on the Ethiopian Airlines crash, and the story of an undercover cop whose career was shaped by his county’s drug problems. 

Segments From this episode

The U.S. has tried to build high-speed rail for 50 years

Apr 4, 2019
Today, a train ride from LA to San Francisco takes 12 hours. In 1937, it took 10.
Amtrak's Hiawatha train between Chicago and Milwaukee arrives at the Glenview, Illinois station in 2005.
Tim Boyle/Getty Images

After preliminary report of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, what's next for Boeing?

Apr 4, 2019
The Ethiopian government has published its preliminary report into the plane crash that killed all 157 people on board last month. It was the second crash involving a Boeing 737 Max in five months. The report found that the crew on the Ethiopian Airlines flight followed all the procedures provided by Boeing, but still weren’t able […]
Boeing airplane sit on the tarmac at the Boeing production facilities at Paine Field in Everett, Washington in 2012.
Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Blue Monday Pete Rock
Eye Of The Storm Ensemble Entendu
Harvest Moon Poolside
Tidal Wave Portugal. The Man
Shut Up and Let Me Go The Ting Tings
Reptilia The Strokes

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II