The Story
1:42 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Looking To Clean India’s Holy Ganges River

A girl by the Ganges River in the city of Varanasi
Credit Indaia Whitcombe

The Ganges, the 1,500-mile river flowing through Northern India, is one of the holiest yet most polluted places in the country. It is a place where people pray, and a place where people wash and bathe. Producer Phoebe Judge travels to the city of Varanasi, on the river’s left bank, where she meets people who live along the Ganges and want to clean it up the sewage that pours into it every day.

Also in this show: Arun Gandhi was 10 years old when he was beaten up and bullied because of the color of his skin. He wanted revenge, so his parents sent him to spend time with his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi; and for more than 25 years, few people have been allowed to enter the 1,600-square-mile Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Writer Henry Shukman tells the story of a family who returned there.

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