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Backed Up
Weekly on Wednesdays beginning June 5, 2024

There's something wrong with the plumbing in Cincinnati. Sewage is bubbling up in our basements and pouring into our waterways. Climate change is making it worse, and the powers that be can't seem to agree on how to fix it.

Backed Up is a podcast that demystifies one of the most complex systems of public infrastructure — our sewers — and tells the stories of the people suffering under decades of mismanagement.

Your hosts are Becca Costello, local government reporter for WVXU, and Ella Rowen, podcast coordinator for WVXU's parent company, Cincinnati Public Radio.

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All information can be found at wvxu.org/backedup.

  • Now that we know why raw sewage sometimes backs up into basements and overflows in public waterways, why hasn’t it been fixed yet? We examine the first possible villain in this mystery: a political tug of war between city and county officials that began more than 50 years ago.See a transcript of this episode along with more photos and videos at wvxu.org/backedupFind us online: @917WVXU @beccacostellonews @holdshelf
  • There’s something wrong with the plumbing in Cincinnati. You might not know about it, even if you’ve lived here all your life. But the people in charge know about it. Actually, they’ve known about it for decades — and some say it was supposed to be fixed by now. In the first episode, our intrepid team of detectives embark on their mission to unearth the mysteries of the infrastructure under our feet.See a transcript of this episode along with more photos and videos at wvxu.org/backedupFind us online: @917WVXU @beccacostellonews @holdshelf
  • Introducing: Backed Up, a podcast that demystifies one of the most complex systems of public infrastructure — our sewers — and tells the stories of the people suffering under decades of mismanagement.