Previously on Over the Road:
The Over the Road podcast today continues its 16-week series of episodes for a national audience. The co-production between PRX’s Radiotopia and Overdrive features primary episodes every two weeks narrated by Indiana-based Moeller Trucking driver and former owner-operator “Long Haul Paul” Marhoefer. On off weeks, Overdrive Senior Editor Todd Dills hosts mini-episodes with the Channel One Nine Special, answering listener questions about trucking.
For primary episode 2, “Why we drive,” Marhoefer and contributing producer Lacy Roberts offer up this tale of two truckers, built around Grand Island, Nebraska. It’s the home location of reefer hauler Grand Island Express, where former real-estate agent (and more) Kenyette Godhigh-Bell is approaching the anniversary of her maiden voyage in trucking as a company driver, and the home shop of third-generation owner-operator Jared Sidlo, cattle hauler. Godhigh-Bell contemplates eventual truck ownership after decades doing other work, most recently real estate. Meanwhile, Sidlo, in his 30s, wonders whether the money and his pristine custom Pete are worth the miles and time away from a young family.
Listen via the player above via any podcasting smartphone app. Over the Road’s primary series resumes March 19 with “A Brief History of Trucking in America,” lively truck-stop-counter debate with career household goods-hauling owner-operator Finn Murphy, also author of the book The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road. The episode covers how trucking’s regulatory history helped shape today’s culture, from the Motor Carrier Act of 1935, 1980s deregulation and on into the present. And keep tuned to OverdriveOnline.com throughout the rest of the run for chances to contribute your own voice in answers to questions about trucking from those inside and outside the industry.
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