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What Really Happened in the Miami Tower Collapse

Why a 13-story condo in Florida came crashing down.


Episode Notes

The Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed early Thursday morning, seemingly out of the blue. But reporting shows that the condo board members were aware the building was structurally unsound for years.

Right now the death toll stands at 11 with 150 people still unaccounted-for. How did such a preventable tragedy take place?

Guest: Daniel Rivero, reporter for WLRN in Miami.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.