Killing the Colorado

An investigation into why the West is running out of water.

  1. Holy Crop

    The labyrinth of policies that reward Arizona farmers for growing cotton, which uses six times as much water as lettuce and 60 percent more than wheat.

  2. The ‘Water Witch’

    The woman who found the water to keep Las Vegas growing, for better or worse.

  3. Use It or Lose It

    How a century-old water deal is encouraging waste and worsening the drought.

  4. End of the Miracle Machines

    How the achievement of moving water comes at an enormous cost to the environment.

  5. Less Than Zero

    Ground water and surface water stores are interconnected. But we count them twice.

Voices from Chernobyl

“'You have to understand: This is not your husband anymore, not a beloved person, but a radioactive object with a strong density of poisoning. You’re not suicidal. Get a hold of yourself.' And I was like someone who’d lost her mind: 'But I love him! I love him!' He’s sleeping, and I’m whispering: 'I love you!' Walking in the hospital courtyard, 'I love you.' Carrying his sanitary tray, 'I love you.'”

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Excerpted from Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster.