This week on Smart City, Scott Bernstein is the president of the Center for Neighborhood Technology where he has developed the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index. We’ll speak with Scott about the true cost of commuting and the toll it takes on your wallet and your time.

What’s the pulse of your city, 24 hours a day? Next American City aims to find out. The magazine’s 24 hour cities project has participants scouring a variety of cities for an entire day scouting out the best things to do every hour. We’ll talk with Editor Diana Lind about her magazine staff’s upcoming trip to Milwaukee.

Plus: Dog and Pony is a theatre company that has created a different way to explore a city with the Sound City Project. It’s an interactive theatre piece that draws attention to movements and participants in Chicago’s political history. Audience members use a map to guide them to locations and then listen to poetry, audio art, music and radio drama that interprets the artists’ favorite locations in the city.

Smart City is a syndicated, weekly hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life: the people, places, ideas and trends that affect us all. Host Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, talks with national and international public policy experts, economists, business leaders, artists, developers, planners and others on the pulse of city life for a penetrating discussion on urban issues.

Smart City is broadcast at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sundays on WKNO-FM, but it is also webcast and podcast so you can listen to it anytime you like. For the webcast, times for the broadcast in other cities and to sign up for the podcast, visit our website.