Category: Podcast

Episode 6: African American neighborhood in North Carolina left behind

One neighborhood at the edge of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was left off the grid for decades as municipal water systems expanded around them. The Robert Eubanks community, a historically African American neighborhood, had to rely on private wells, which were often contaminated. They watched – and waited – as the white neighborhoods around them […]

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Episode 5: Water contamination on U.S. military bases

Daily military operations have contaminated the water on and around bases across the United States for decades, affecting service members and their families, as well as the surrounding communities. Veterans and families suffering from years of health problems are speaking out. Lita Hyland is a military wife who lived on three contaminated bases with her […]

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Episode 4: Lead problems in Milwaukee

Milwaukee still has about 70,000 lead pipes that connect to homes. The city has slowly replaced old lines with copper, but some advocates say they’re not working quickly enough. Those advocates call for more action on the part of the city, say the toxic metal jeopardizes the health of families. Reporter Michael M. Santiago takes […]

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Episode 3: Water truck serves Navajo Nation residents

Darlene Arviso, a member of the Navajo Nation, drives a diesel truck with a big tank to dozens of rural homes near Thoreau, New Mexico, every day. Navajo families depend on her for clean drinking water because much of the groundwater in their wells is contaminated with uranium from Cold War-era mines. Reporter Lauren Kaljur […]

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Episode 2: Chlorine causing health concerns

Water treatment experts say chlorine is used to treat contaminated water because it’s the most inexpensive method – not because it’s the most effective. But some residents in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, say their health is paying a high price. From raw red rashes to scalp psoriasis, one local resident said it’s as if he’s […]

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