A highway bridge collapses in Minnesota, lead poisons the water of Flint, Michigan, and Americans are reminded of the fragile state of our basic infrastructure—the roads, pipes, power lines and waterways that make modern life possible.
On this episode of History Talk, panelists Steven Conn, Bernadette Hanlon and Clay Howard discuss the history of public investment in American infrastructure, how it has reached such a perilous state, and what it can tell us about changing conceptions of the common good.
In addition, host Patrick Potyondy interviews the executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Tom Smith, who updates us on how US infrastructure is holding up today.
*[This podcast was originally featured by Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, a partner institution of Fair Observer.]
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