When water comes rushing out of the tap, seemingly clear and perfect, it’s easy to think we’ve got it figured out. It’s hard to imagine that the underground labyrinth that brings us drinking water, and takes away our dirty sewage, is old, crumbling and in real trouble. Quench your thirst for knowledge and drama as we dive into the strangely fascinating world of clean water. Hosted by Jed Kim, In Deep is a new podcast from American Public Media’s The Water Main.
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Jed Kim is a co-creator, host and reporter for Marketplace’s “Million Bazillion” podcast. He was previously a reporter for the show’s sustainability desk, focusing on issues of climate change and energy. Jed has worked in pretty much all aspects of public radio for the past decade. This is not the first time reporting has taken him into a sewer system.
Daniel Ackerman is a Boston-based environmental journalist covering the intersection of science and society. Much of his work centers on America’s aging water infrastructure. He’s reported in print and audio for National Geographic, The Washington Post, Marketplace and others. He holds a Ph.D. in ecology.
Annie Baxter is an award-winning journalist based in St. Paul, Minn. She came to American Public Media as a reporter in 2003 and went on to work for APM’s national business program Marketplace®, where she specialized in food and agriculture. She joined the Water Main as Content Manager in October 2017.
Britta Greene produces Morning Edition on MPR News. She’s also worked as a reporter and producer with MPR’s All Things Considered and MPR News with Tom Weber. Most recently, she reported for New Hampshire Public Radio, covering NH’s western border with Vermont.
Chris Julin has made public radio audio stories since the days of typewriters and cassette tapes.
He’s been a reporter, producer and editor at Minnesota Public Radio and several other public radio stations, large and small. In recent years, he’s worked as a writer, producer and editor on a number of podcasts and he’s edited and produced radio documentaries. Projects Chris has worked on have won a variety of awards, including the Edward R. Murrow and the Peabody.
Lauren Rosenthal is an investigative reporter for APM Reports and In Deep. Before joining APM, Lauren was a reporter for North Country Public Radio and also spent three years reporting from Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, where she got really good at dressing for rainy weather. Lauren was a finalist for the Daniel Schorr Prize and won the national Sigma Delta Chi medal for public service journalism in 2017.
Renata Sago is an award-winning journalist who has covered everything from voting rights and performing arts and unemployment to mental health. Her original storytelling has appeared in The New York Times, on NPR, and VICE. She has also covered the world of food culture and consumption for Marketplace. Renata co-hosts Beyond the Newsroom, a podcast devoted to disruptors redefining how journalism is done. Her mantra? Stay hydrated and stay woke.
The mission of the Water Main is to build public will in support of clean, accessible, affordable water. We define public will as “a willingness and an ability to take action”.
Social science research on the topic of public will is still emergent, but points to at least three critical ingredients: knowledge, connection, and concern.
To better understand Americans’ public will for water, the Water Main partnered with the APM Research Lab to conduct the first nationally representative survey designed to measure Americans’ knowledge, connection, concern, and action related to water issues facing the country.
“Everybody cares about water. Our task now is to provide Americans with tailored pathways toward meaningful impact.”