High Speed Stuff Wrap-up: The Eisenhower Interstate System and New Car Smell

Scott Benjamin

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Are you looking for the lowdown on High Speed Stuff for the past few days? Well, you're in the right place. Here's what Ben and I are talking about on iTunes this week.

It's a mouthful, but here goes -- The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. That's the official name; however, most of us just call it the U.S. Interstate System. A seemingly complex series of transcontinental highways that allow us to easily drive from point A to point B without a great deal of difficulty (usually). But why were these highways built in the first place? What was the inspiration? And regarding the numbering system and the overall layout of the roadways, is there a method to the madness? Indeed, there is. But you'll have to listen to this episode to get the full scoop.

On Thursday, Ben suggested that we talk about new car smell. Now, before you turn up your nose at this topic (sorry, I couldn't resist), realize that there's probably a little more to the story than you might think. We're talking about outgassing. And if you're sensitive to chemicals, you might want to reconsider that new car you've had your eye on. Sure, new cars are nice, but they're also full of stuff that's not so nice to breathe. So, before you climb behind the wheel and take a big whiff of that new car smell, give this episode a few minutes of your time. You might be shocked by what you hear.

That's it. That's what's happening on the High Speed Stuff podcast this week. So, head on over to iTunes and give it a shot -- it's completely free. Just don't forget while you're there to take the opportunity to browse through some of our older episodes and give us a little feedback. You can also let us know what you think in the comment section below, or if you'd rather send us an e-mail, you can do that, too. Ben always reads the address at the end of each podcast.