Orion Conversations: Terry Tempest Williams

When the BP oil rig ‘Deepwater Horizon’ exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico in Spring 2010, it caused the biggest accidental offshore oil spill in history. Now, on the 6-month anniversary of the spill, as corporate and government officials declare the disaster over, we learn differently. In this podcast, we speak with Terry Tempest Williams, author of “The Gulf Between Us,” an epic and devastating 14,000 word piece in the November/December 2010 issue of Orion magazine. She reads a short excerpt and shares what more she’s learned about the disaster since the story was published, then invites several people who appear in the story to share their latest observations and frustrations from the Gulf. A Q&A with Terry, listeners, and Orion‘s editor, Jennifer Sahn, follows.

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