Introducing “Tracked and Traced,” a New Podcast from WDET and MSU’s Science Gallery

“Tracked and Traced” takes an in-depth look at surveillance technology and how it affects you. Join us as we watch the watchers. New episodes released every other week, starting early 2022.

You are being surveilled. In the street, at home, on your phone. Police, governments, and corporations are collecting more data than ever before in the name of safety and security. “Tracked and Traced” asks: Is it worth it? Is it working?


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Hosted by Natasha T Miller and Antajuan Scott and featuring original reporting from WDET, this 10-episode series will explore the ways surveillance technology are integrated into our everyday lives, and the price we pay for safety, security, and convenience.

Episode topics will include:

  • The creation of the Patriot Act and Terrorist Watch List after the 9/11 attacks
  • Project Greenlight in Detroit
  • ShotSpotter audio surveillance
  • Police intelligence infrastructure
  • Video surveillance in schools
  • The risks of going viral
  • Profits and privacy
  • Drones and wildfire surveillance
  • Foster system databases in the U.S.
  • Street-level video surveillance

Tracked and Traced is the second podcast collaboration between WDET and MSU’s Science Gallery. The 10-episode series Science of Grief invited young adults to share their own stories of grief, and invited mental health professionals to offer tips and takeaways for listeners. Science of Grief is available wherever you get your podcasts.

Support for Tracked and Traced comes from the Pulitzer Center, MSU Federal Credit Union and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM).

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Author

  • David Leins

    David Leins is a Podcast Coordinator and Producer at WDET. He also oversees the StoryMakers program. When he isn't making radio and podcasts, David is probably on a hike somewhere marveling at the trees.