15 episodes

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 working-class city and its residents at a perilous moment in our planet's existence.

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    • 4.8 • 61 Ratings

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 working-class city and its residents at a perilous moment in our planet's existence.

    Somewhere to Sleep

    Somewhere to Sleep

    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 tarps and debris. People like Alexis Sheridan were struggling. Alexis, who was seven months pregnant, resorted to sleeping in a tent. In this episode, we spend time with Alexis and her fiancé as they search for somewhere to live before their baby is born.

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    • 29 min
    The Helpers

    The Helpers

    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 people, even paying to house them in hotels. All while she struggled to find a permanent home for her six children. In this episode, we follow Roishetta as she becomes the safety net for a city that the federal government neglected.

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    • 31 min
    The Cavalry

    The Cavalry

    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 episode, we report on why the federal government kept thousands of storm victims waiting. And why similar neglect could happen anywhere in the nation.

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    • 27 min
    Peace of Mind

    Peace of Mind

    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 were delayed and denied. In this episode, we learn how the insurance industry has started playing hardball after weather disasters — and what that might mean for communities across the country in the age of climate change.

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    • 33 min
    Moving On

    Moving On

    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 hurricanes. No one could have predicted what happened next. In our final episode, we learn how residents are trying to move forward after a year of storms and how their experience could be repeated in other communities nationwide.

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    • 20 min
    Trailer: Season 2

    Trailer: Season 2

    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 27.

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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

klash2 ,

An amazing journey back to Lake Charles

You’re story really touched me as a Canadian I worked in the Lake Charles area for about 5 months that summer and my project finished a mere weeks before the hurricane and I headed home. Lake Charles was my home away from home for that summer and in the midst of Covid as well I still met a lot of wonderful people and enjoyed the cuisine and felt it very hard to leave.

Thanks

gna_b31 ,

Enjoyed this so much

I really enjoyed this podcast so much. It was especially an interest to me b/c I have family in Louisiana, and I’ve always wondered about the issues surrounding the hurricanes that hit that area. I enjoyed every episode, and highly recommend it!

kellyearnp ,

Captivating!

I was able to binge In Deep after a recent major surgical procedure required a lot of rest and downtime. If you are at all interested in acquiring general knowledge and in and environmental concerns, this is the podcast for you! Provides interesting facts, nerd humor and expert interviews. Would be good to use as a source for school reports also.

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