1. "All of the Water in the World, and None of it to Drink" by Evan Kanji
All the Water in the World and None of it to Drink is story of what happens when structural racism, disinvestment, and local and state policy decisions align to cut off the water of 141,000 in the Great Lakes State's largest city over a decade. But more than that, it's a story about how we have created the conditions for widespread failure in disinvested cities, and then act with shock and disdain when their local structures fail. In 2022, Detroit put in place a water assistance plan that, on the surface, was everything activists ever asked for. But one year in, problems and distrust persist. What does it take to move forward after a decade of harm? And what do the suburbs and bigger governments owe the city? If you're interested in any of the academic background behind this podcast, or in the action steps we talk about in episode 4, you can find them here.
By Evan Kanji in collaboration with We the People of Detroit, US Water Alliance, Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and Stanford Civil and Environmental Engineering .
- Episode 1: Affordability, Shutoffs, and Systemic Roots
- Episode 2: Broken Trust
- Episode 3: Lifeline
- Episode 4: Justice and the Way Forward