The Big Dig

The Big Dig


There is a cynicism that hangs over the topic of American infrastructure – whether it’s high-speed rail or off-shore wind – it feels like this country can’t build big things anymore. No one project embodies that cynicism quite like what Bostonians call ‘The Big Dig.’ Infamous for its ever-increasing price tag, this massive highway tunneling effort was once ridiculed as the Big Mess, the Big Hole, the Big Pig, the Big Lie. But now, decades later the story looks more complicated. So how did the narrative around this project go so horribly wrong? And what lessons can it offer for the ambitious projects of today?

The nine episode series is produced by GBH News.



Host and scriptwriter: Ian Coss

Executive Producer: Devin Maverick Robins

Producers: Isabel Hibbard and Ian Coss

Editor: Lacy Roberts

Editorial Advisor: Stephanie Leydon

Fact Checker: Lisa Wardle

Scoring and Music Supervision: Ian Coss

Project Manager: Meiqian He

  • No. of episodes: 13
  • Latest episode: 2024-02-29
  • History

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Questions & Answers

How many episodes are there of The Big Dig?

There are 13 episodes avaiable of The Big Dig.

What is The Big Dig about?

We have categorized The Big Dig as:

  • History

Where can you listen to The Big Dig?

The Big Dig is available, among others places, on:

  • Spotify
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Podtail
  • Google Podcasts

When did The Big Dig start?

The first episode of The Big Dig that we have available was released 13 September 2023.

Who creates the podcast The Big Dig?

The Big Dig is produced and created by GBH.