[Podcast] Lead in Drinking Water, Is Flint a Washington DC 2.0 and other tales — A conversation with Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou


In response to requests about more information on the Lead and Copper Rule (or LCR), the Washington D.C. lead in drinking water crisis, and policy, roles of government agencies, and science communication issues especially w.r.t. to Flint, we thought it was best to record a podcast for interested folks. While we aren’t competing with NPR, we do believe listening to this 1 hour webisode is probably the best thing you can do today.

This podcast with Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou covers a wide variety of topics, but is essentially a primer to the Lead and Copper Rule and why it should matter to every U.S. citizen. In light of Flint’s water worries w.r.t. lead and other contaminants, we hope everyone, especially Flint residents, will benefit from this knowledge. We are grateful to Yanna for being so cheerful and supportive of us and our work, and also for such an insightful interview.

Interview by: Siddhartha Roy


Yanna Lambrinidou is a medical ethnographer and adjunct assistant professor in the Science and Technology Studies (STS) program at Virginia Tech. For the past 8 years, she has conducted extensive research on the historic 2001-2004 Washington, DC lead-in-drinking-water contamination. This work exposed wrongdoing and unethical behavior on the part of engineers and scientists in local and federal government agencies. In 2010, Dr. Lambrinidou co-conceived the graduate level engineering ethics course “Engineering Ethics and the Public,” which she has been co-teaching to students in engineering and science. She is co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) research and education project developing an ethnographic approach to engineering ethics education.

3 thoughts on “[Podcast] Lead in Drinking Water, Is Flint a Washington DC 2.0 and other tales — A conversation with Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou

  1. Truly an eloquent, open, revealing and inspirational discussion of the power struggles which plague the US political and regulatory process today. This should be required listening for science students in any field, especially as it lays bare the internal conflicts, professional disappointments and ethical ambiguities all of us will and must face at some point in life.

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