The Oral History of Housing and Communities

In the Community TrailBlazers Podcast, we are featuring Fellows of the American Academy of Housing and Communities who have had a major impact on world affairs, federal policy, and the development of community culture through courageous action to bring about change. Most have lived through many Presidents, many generations, and many changes. We capture their thoughts on the last 50 years of public policy and discuss what the future may hold.

Kent Watkins founded this honorary society, consisting of the top national and international thought leaders and implementers in the field of urbanism. These include heads of federal agencies and their senior staffs, as well as urbanist leaders in social welfare, health, education, culinary arts, art and poetry, transportation, climate and others who have made an impact on the culture of the areas we live in.  All are considered peers and have achieved success in some unique way. Referred to as the Academy Series, Nan McKay spotlights one of these trailblazers each week.

John Weicher

A Scholar's Take on Housing Ep. 30 - John Weicher He offers his breadth of experience to discuss trending issues in the housing and real estate markets and surveys the key accomplishments from his career.  As the author of 14 books and numerous scholarly articles, Weicher provides an academic’s insights ...
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Marion McFadden

Why We Need Political Will Ep. 29 -  Marion McFadden, has candid advice on the priorities and political will Washington should have. While Congress has yet to provide funding needed to take people off long waiting lists for assistance, there is hope to be found in the private sector and ...
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Michael Bodaken

Going Green for Smarter Housing Ep. 28 - In this episode of the Community Trailblazers Podcast, Nan McKay interviews Michael Bodaken as he shares his past role as head of the nonprofit National Housing Trust.  He was largely responsible for the growth of the organization into an industry leader in ...
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