Studio behind Alphabet Boys launches new investigative podcast

Podcast will look at the ongoing impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Western Sound, the studio behind hit podcast Alphabet Boys, is launching a new podcast investigating the ongoing impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the company has announced.

Produced in partnership with public-service broadcaster American Public Media, the new podcast will be called Ripple, and will be hosted by Dan Leone, a production director for Western Sound. Leone has worked on a number of the company’s shows, including Lost Hills, Strangeland and LAist Studio's L.A. Made. Betsy Shepherd will be acting as producer and senior reporter for the series. 

The goal of the series will be to reexamine major events to look at the long-term fallout, and the lasting effect that it has on the lives of the communities affected by them. The show’s first season will see Leone travelling to the US Gulf Coast to track how local residents are still being affected by the disaster - which saw 210 million gallons of oil spilled into the ocean - more than ten years later, as well as investigating how BP’s response to the spill, and its attempts to fix it, may have had unintended consequences. 

Based in LA, Western Sound was founded in 2018 by Peabody-winning journalist Ben Adair, and has produced a range of original podcasts as well as partnering with organisations including the Obamas’ Higher Ground, CNN and Team Coco. 

The podcast will launch on 11 January with its first two episodes, available on all major podcast platforms, with the remaining six episodes being released weekly up to 22 February.