Waterline is a podcast created to communicate the many facets of water – technology, development, and sustainability – to educate and spread awareness about the most important natural resource that we cannot afford to lose. 

Our episodes set out to explore economic, political, social, behavioral, technological, and environmental aspects and challenges which the topic of water bears.


Our podcast aims to bring the latest scientific advances and technological solutions, whilst exploring economic models and identifying key players in the global effort to secure water sources, create efficient water usage, and make water safe for everyone.

  • Have we managed to develop the most sustainable irrigation technique yet?
  • Can water become the bringer of peace?
  • Can we quench the world’s thirst for clean and safe water?
  • What would cost a Trillion US Dollars by the year 2035?
  • Can the flush of a toilet light up your house?

Meet the Producer & Host: Idan Cohen

Photo: Orly Zailer

Idan has extensive experience working in public radio, podcasting & holds a masters degree in music.

“When I worked as a radio journalist at Israel’s national public radio, I’ve learned to see how people’s actions transform into events, that in turn become stories worth listening to. I am happy to present a tale of humanity, nature, and technology, where water is the actual protagonist.”

Waterline podcast is an initiative of IsraelNewtech a part of the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry & produced by P.I. Media Podcast Productions.


A Crack in the Wall – On Dams (part 2)

In this second part of our tale of dams, we will hear what happens once things go horribly wrong.
Throughout history, faulty dams have created man-made disasters costing lives and the earth.
We will be hearing about one disaster in particular – The Mariana Dam Disaster – that happened in Brazil in 2015.

We will also revisit the town of Gatun, the dam that was built there and the lake that made the Panama Canal, with a somber look on the life of ordinary people there.

Building a Dam in Gatun – On Dams (part 1)

It took nearly four decades, the lives of some 30,000 human beings and billions of US Dollars in current values to build; it was a source for heated debates and the kiss of death to some careers; it was rooted in vision – but took ample amounts of practicality to realize. You might know it simply as The Panama Canal – in a stretch of land not wider than 70 kilometers wide, humanity saw the opportunity to connect two great oceans – the Atlantic and the Pacific – and managed to cut the route by sea from California to Europe – by half.

The keystone of the canal is a dam that was the biggest ever to be built at the time – the dam near the small town of Gatun.
You are invited to hear a tale about politics, engineering, money and tons of controversy, which, a century on is all but forgotten.