What Next

Cities’ Wetter, Wilder Future

America already experiences an “urban flooding event” every 2 or 3 days—and more rain is coming.


Episode Notes

California going from drought-to-downpour this month was a vivid illustration of the future we’re facing: with more dramatic weather in a warmer, wetter climate. But how can cities—built for a world where hundred-year floods happened only once a century—adjust to a new reality?

Guest: Henry Grabar, staff writer for Slate, author of Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World.

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Podcast production by Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, and Madeline Ducharme, with help from Anna Phillips, Tori Dominguez, Jared Downing, and Laura Spencer.


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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.