The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout

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August 12, 2021

Bonus: The Great Dam Disaster

By: Mose Buchele

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.


March 10, 2023

The Texas Grid Under Pressure

In this bonus episode, you’ll hear a panel of experts we brought together to mark two years since the 2021 blackout, where we discuss the future of the Texas grid in the face of climate change and the increasingly extreme weather linked to it.


October 31, 2022

The Campaign

Nearly two years after the big blackout in Texas, how big of an issue is the power grid in the 2022 race for governor? We talk with Julian Aguilar, a reporter for the Texas Newsroom. The Disconnect Season 2 is a project of The Texas Newsroom, the collaboration among NPR and the public radio stations […]


September 8, 2022

The Midnight Connection

We’ve already learned how Texas (or at least most of it) is an energy island — mostly cut off from grids in other states. In this episode, we’ll hear about the time when one power company went rogue and threw a transmission line across the Oklahoma border. This is the story of why they tried […]