The Madeleine Brand Show for October 25, 2011

Boring car colors are the new normal

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Car colors used to be bold, now they're all gray

Julia Felsenthal sees nothing but white, black and some mixture of the two. Cars all look alike now. She sets out to explain why cars have the same paint job, especially when cars from decades ago had bright, bold colors. She argues that the reason has less to do with our taste, and more about paint technology.


Julia Felsenthal, executive assistant and writer for

Read Julia Felsenthal's Slate article "Why Are Our Cars Painted Such Boring Colors?"

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