Thursday, February 24, 2022

Paramount Plus to Premiere 'Wasteland,' A Four-Part Documentary Series Exploring the Devastating Impact Waste Is Having on the U.S. Water Supply, on Thursday, Feb. 24


Feb. 22, 2022 – Paramount+ will exclusively premiere WASTELAND, an eye-opening CBS REPORTS four-part documentary series that examines the terrible impact waste is having on America’s waterways. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 24, CBS News correspondent and executive producer in the documentary unit Adam Yamaguchi explores the unusual and unimaginable challenges that Americans living in parts of the country must overcome to preserve their health and property from the encroachment of waste in their water and homes.

WASTELAND looks at how inadequate infrastructure, class imbalance, climate change and the world’s wealthiest economy combine to create a troubling mess for citizens who must struggle to meet the most basic of human needs. Here’s a preview of the episodes ahead:

  • Episode 1: “ALABAMA” – Yamaguchi reports on parts of the country where a basic sanitation infrastructure is out of reach for tens of thousands of residents forcing them to live near raw sewage.
  • Episode 2: “NEW YORK – Yamaguchi visits Mt. Vernon, N.Y., a town in the shadow of New York City, surrounded by wealth, and overwhelmed by a decrepit sewage system that threatens to swallow it whole.
  • Episode 3: “FLORIDA” – Yamaguchi reports from the Florida coasts, where breakneck development, climate change and too much waste are creating a perfect environmental storm.
  • Episode 4: “IOWA” – Yamaguchi explores how big farmers in Iowa produce far more pig waste than the environment can handle. As a result, the waste is getting into the waterways and may be impacting residents’ health.

Nancy Lane is the executive producer of CBS REPORTS and the senior vice president and senior executive producer of programming and development for CBS News Streaming.

About Paramount+:

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS, combines live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream ViacomCBS Streaming’s other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.


CBS REPORTS is a historic CBS News documentary franchise that features deep reporting on national and global issues. Started at CBS News more than 60 years ago, this new iteration of the storied CBS News franchise will include original documentaries and special reports. CBS REPORTS will take a deeper dive into the key issues driving the national and global conversation delivered in various formats, including CBS News specials.

About Adam Yamaguchi:

Adam Yamaguchi is an executive producer and correspondent in the CBS REPORTS unit and vice president for development for documentaries. Yamaguchi has traveled to over 100 countries, reporting on conflict zones, drug and wildlife trafficking, migration and has reported extensively on climate change. His reporting has included a series of documentaries on social media and surveillance technology's impact on society. He was one of the first to report extensively on Facebook's role in what the UN calls the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar; to algorithmic bias in policing, the proliferation of Qanon and anti-science conspiracy theories; and toxic online chat forums radicalizing young Americans. Yamaguchi produced a documentary in 2019 on Maria Ressa, the Filipino journalist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. Yamaguchi previously reported and produced news and documentary reports at CBS Innovation Nation, Current TV, Animal Planet, CNN, NBC and TV Asahi Japan. His work has earned Emmy, Peabody and Webby Awards.

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Originally published: February 24, 2022.

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