The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout Explore what happened during the worst blackout in Texas history, how we got the electric grid we have today and what could be done to fix it.Millions lost power. Hundreds died. How did this happen? KUT's Mose Buchele explores what happened during the worst blackout in Texas history.
The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout

The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout

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Explore what happened during the worst blackout in Texas history, how we got the electric grid we have today and what could be done to fix it.Millions lost power. Hundreds died. How did this happen? KUT's Mose Buchele explores what happened during the worst blackout in Texas history.

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The Money

Texans have seen their electric bills rise dramatically since the blackouts last year. We'll break down all the links in the electric supply chain that each need to get paid — and explain how we'll still be paying the costs of the blackout for decades to come. The Disconnect Season 2 is a project of The Texas Newsroom, the collaboration among NPR and the public radio stations in the state. It received support from FRONTLINE's Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The Toll

In the time since the blackout, state officials, ERCOT and power generators have tried to convince Texans that they've got things under control. But a lot of people aren't convinced. And with good reason. In this episode, we'll explore how the trauma of the blackout is still with us — and how we still haven't dealt with the true toll of the disaster. We'll hear from one family who lost an entire generation. The Disconnect Season 2 is a project of The Texas Newsroom, the collaboration among NPR and the public radio stations in the state. It received support from FRONTLINE's Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Bonus: The Winterizing

Texas lawmakers passed a law earlier this year requiring power plants to winterize — but what does that really mean? And what about winterizing other things that are needed to make sure the lights don't go out in a storm again?

The Fallout

So what did state leaders do to make sure something like the February blackout never happens again? And what role did deregulation play in the failure of the Texas power grid? Find a full transcript of this episode here.

Bonus: The Great Dam Disaster

A huge catastrophe. Dozens dead. A city without power or water. It's like a miniature version of the February blackouts. Except this happened more than 100 years ago in Texas — and leaders faced some of the same questions then as they do now.

Bonus: The Black Start

In this mini-episode, we tell what happens next if the Texas power grid were to suffer a catastrophic failure. It almost did in February — and if it had happened, there might have been an even bigger problem. Find a full transcript of this episode here.

Episode 3: The Blackout

The story of how the worst blackout in Texas history unfolded — and left millions of people cold, hungry and with no faith in their state's power grid. A warning: Some of what you'll hear in this episode may be disturbing, especially if you lived through this disaster. Find a full transcript of this episode here.

Episode 2: The Electricity Game

How did we get the power grid we have today? Andrew Weber has the story — and it involves football, subterfuge and a whole lot of lobbyists. You can find a full transcript of this episode here.

Episode 1: The Energy Island

It was only when the lights went out in Texas that many of us realized — electrically — we are all alone. Claire McInerny brings us that story. Plus, Jimmy Maas tells us how the electricity market in Texas used to work up until about 20 years ago. Find a full transcript of this episode here.

Trailer: The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout

Join us as we explore the reasons and decisions that ultimately left millions of Texans in the dark during the crippling winter storm of February 2021. KUT's Mose Buchele reports on what happened, how we got the electric grid we have today and what could be done to fix it in this limited series podcast.