Drilled is one of the few narrative podcasts about climate change. In 2018 when journalist Amy Westervelt was covering multiple climate lawsuits, she had the idea to put the story of climate change, and climate denial, into a true-crime framework.
Season 1 (November 2018) focused on the climate research conducted by oil companies and when and how they shifted from studying the problem to denying it.
Season 2 (April 2019) followed a community of crab fishermen as they became the first industry to sue Big Oil.
Season 3 (January 2020) chronicles the 100-year history of fossil fuel P.R. campaigns and ties them to the propaganda we still see today. At least four more seasons are planned for 2020 and 2021.
What began as a limited-run 8-part series has become the most-listened to podcast on climate change and, as of January 21, 2020, a multi-platform climate accountability reporting project that keeps industry honest on climate via investigative reporting across web, newsletters, and podcasts.