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In Deep

15 EpisodesProduced by American Public MediaWebsite

In Deep is a podcast about water, climate and environment from The Water Main at American Public Media. In Season 1, we tackled the strangely fascinating yet troubling world of clean water -- from tap to toilet. Season 2 shines a light on environmental equity with a rich journalistic portrait of a w… read more

15 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Trailer: Season 1

July 28th, 2020


From history to policy to full-on drama, In Deep dives headfirst into the troubling state of the mysterious networks that keep our water clean and …

Dirty Water

August 5th, 2020


Throughout human history, cities have grappled with how to keep excrement separate from drinking water. In the Middle Ages, gong farmers excavated human waste from city dwellers and took it to the countryside to be used …

Microbial Goo

August 12th, 2020


Just how hard is it to keep wastewater out of our drinking water? Super hard. In this episode, we take a look at the lengths one great American city, Chicago, went to in order to keep the source of its drinking water …

Godzilla's Bathtub

August 19th, 2020


Older American cities have a dirty problem — outdated sewer systems that use a single pipe to carry both sewage and stormwater to treatment …

Poison Pipes

August 26th, 2020


Clean water can get contaminated on its way to your faucet. In America, more than 9 million lead service lines connect city water to individual homes …

Small Town, Big Struggles

September 2nd, 2020


Today we leave the big cities behind and ask: How does rural America manage its water infrastructure? After all, one in five U.S. households isn’t …

Well, Well, Well

September 16th, 2020


In the 1990s, lakes and wetlands dried up in Florida’s fast-growing Tampa Bay region. Some attributed the drastic change to drought; others to overpumping of an underground aquifer. A pitched legal battle, known as the …

Brown Flood, Green Flood

September 23rd, 2020


Giant engineering projects didn’t solve all of Chicago’s water woes. Intense rainfalls are dumping more water on the city, resulting in more …

Make Me Care

September 30th, 2020


After months of research, In Deep reporters and editors have become fascinated with water infrastructure. But can they convince a Gen Zer to care? In this episode, Todd Melby, Annie Baxter and Dan Ackerman go head to …

Trailer: Season 2

September 20th, 2022


In one year, Lake Charles, Louisiana, endured two hurricanes, an ice storm and a flood. The federal government promised help. Lake Charles is still waiting. And rebuilding on its own. In Deep, Season 2, begins September …

Somewhere to Sleep

September 27th, 2022


In a span of nine months, Lake Charles, Louisiana, endured two hurricanes, an ice storm, and a flood. The federal government promised to help the city rebuild. But as time wore on, Lake Charles remained a sea of blue …

The Helpers

October 5th, 2022


In the wake of three historic storms, many residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, were struggling. Roishetta Sibley Ozane felt she had to do something to keep her community together. She started feeding people, clothing …

The Cavalry

October 11th, 2022


People in Lake Charles expected the federal government to help them rebuild their battered city. That’s what they had been promised. That’s what had happened after previous storms. But this time was different. In this …

Peace of Mind

October 18th, 2022


After severe storms struck Lake Charles, many homeowners expected to rebuild quickly. They had been paying home insurance premiums for years for just this moment. But instead of receiving prompt payouts, their claims …

Moving On

October 25th, 2022


Toward the end of our team’s time in Lake Charles, the city made one last push to clean up debris that was still left over from back-to-back …

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