Episode 48: Love is in the air (and the water)

Showing some love during the week of Valentine’s Day. As you may know we really dig talking about the Erie Canal, but Episode 48 is all about the Love Canal. We talk about how a city planned to be a clean, futuristic utopia powered by hydroelectricity lead to the creation of a toxic waste dump: the plan for a “Model City” really was a model on how not to dispose of toxic waste, and once you do dispose of that toxic waste, how not to handle a national emergency fueled by sickness, death, and birth defects. This all happened along the Niagara Escarpment, which also happens to be where our drink this week is from. We discuss yet another story of pollution in WNY while sipping Riesling from Freedom Run Winery. Learn about the history of the Niagara Region as well as all of New York State’s impact on winemaking. 

Music: “Low Bridge” by the Rust Belt Brigade

Photo credit: New York Times

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Things mentioned/further reading:

Pictures of Love Canal

Love Canal on Google Maps

The dream and demise of Model City

“A Toxic Waste Capital”

Revisiting Love Canal: A conversation with Lois Gibbs

Love Canal today: “We know what’s in our backyards”

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