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The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout
The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout
KUT & KUTX Studios, Mose Buchele

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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Episodes

The Campaign

Nearly two years after the big blackout in Texas, how big of an issue is the power grid in the... more

31 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
The Midnight Connection

We’ve already learned how Texas (or at least most of it) is an energy island — mostly cut off from... more

08 Sep 2022 · 34 minutes
BONUS: The Megawatt We Don't Use

We’ve talked about the supply-side fixes — but what about the demand side? The Disconnect Season 2 is a project... more

01 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
The Fixes

A year and a half after the blackout, lots of Texans are still wondering if they can rely on the... more

25 Aug 2022 · 46 minutes
The Money

Texans have seen their electric bills rise dramatically since the blackouts last year. We’ll break down all the links in... more

11 Aug 2022 · 45 minutes
The Toll

In the time since the blackout, state officials, ERCOT and power generators have tried to convince Texans that they’ve got... more

04 Aug 2022 · 36 minutes
Bonus: The Winterizing

Texas lawmakers passed a law earlier this year requiring power plants to winterize — but what does that really mean?... more

18 Nov 2021 · 17 minutes
The Fallout

So what did state leaders do to make sure something like the February blackout never happens again? And what role... more

26 Aug 2021 · 45 minutes
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.... more

12 Aug 2021 · 16 minutes
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... more

05 Aug 2021 · 10 minutes
The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout
The Campaign
The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout