BURN: The Switch

Do you really understand how our nation’s electrical grid works? Producer Josh Kurz explains today’s power grid, some of its biggest problems, and how smart grid technology could help.

Tune in on July 4th, for BURN’s new hour-long special “The Switch.” It’s about our aging electric power grid: a half century-old patchwork system – stretched to capacity – that transmits and distributes electricity from plants to consumers. Host Alex Chadwick and BURN’s producers and reporters explore how the grid works, and what happens when it breaks under storms and floods. We talk to the people who help fix it, a family that’s left the whole thing behind, and the innovators working to make our national grid safer and smarter.