The Big Dig

A podcast by GBH


14 Episodes

  1. A note from the Big Dig team

    Published: 6/12/2024
  2. Introducing: "What Is Owed?"

    Published: 2/29/2024
  3. Introducing: Detours from Antiques Roadshow

    Published: 1/29/2024
  4. Introducing: The Frontline Dispatch

    Published: 1/3/2024
  5. Part 9: Hearts and Minds

    Published: 11/15/2023
  6. Part 8: I Want Justice for What Happened

    Published: 11/8/2023
  7. Part 7: The Turnpike Revolt

    Published: 11/1/2023
  8. Part 6: The Up Down Charts

    Published: 10/25/2023
  9. Part 5: Hatchet Man vs. the 800 Pound Gorilla

    Published: 10/18/2023
  10. Part 4: The Double Cross

    Published: 10/11/2023
  11. Part 3: All Politics is Local

    Published: 10/4/2023
  12. Part 2: Unholy Alliance

    Published: 9/27/2023
  13. Part 1: We Were Wrong

    Published: 9/27/2023
  14. Introducing The Big Dig

    Published: 9/13/2023

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There is a cynicism that hangs over the topic of American infrastructure – whether it’s high-speed rail or off-shore wind – it feels like this country can’t build big things anymore. No one project embodies that cynicism quite like what Bostonians call ‘The Big Dig.’ Infamous for its ever-increasing price tag, this massive highway tunneling effort was once ridiculed as the Big Mess, the Big Hole, the Big Pig, the Big Lie. But now, decades later the story looks more complicated. So how did the narrative around this project go so horribly wrong? And what lessons can it offer for the ambitious projects of today? The nine episode series is produced by GBH News and hosted by Ian Coss. Producers are Ian Coss and Isabel Hibbard. Editor is Lacy Roberts. Executive Producer is Devin Maverick Robins. Editorial Advisor is Stephanie Leydon with fact checking by Lisa Wardle. The Project Manager is Meiqian He.