Jonathan Waldman’s “Rust: The Longest War”


Guests: Jonathan Waldman and Alyssha Eve Csuk

[From the Radio Times archive] Rust costs the United States around $400 billion per year, more than the cost of hurricanes, tornadoes, landslides and other weather events combined, but this slow-moving and insidious threat to our nation’s infrastructure rarely grabs our attention. In Rust: The Longest War, JONATHAN WALDMAN tells the surprisingly exciting, behind-the-scenes story of America’s never-ending battle to keep the rust at bay. Waldman traveled across the U.S.—from Key West, Florida to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska—and encountered “flying pigs, Trekkies, decapitations, exploding coke cans, rust boogers, and nerdy superheroes” along the way. We’ll also hear from ALYSSHA EVE CSUKa photographer from Bethlehem, PA who finds beauty in the rusty details at the old steel plant. Marty spoke with them earlier this year.

Image: Alyssha Eve Csuk

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