For this week's podcast, ProPublica reporter Sharona Coutts sat down with Abrahm Lustgarten to discuss BP and the oil spill caused by the deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. They spoke on Wednesday, May 5, as the story was still unfolding.

The pair covered Lustgarten's reports about BP's history of safety problems, the congressional letter that was sent to BP executives expressing concerns about its practices, how cost-cutting and aging infrastructure figure into BP's problems and the impact the hazardous toxins in oil dispersants could have on the environment and the economy around the oil spill.

Stories discussed on this episode include:

Congressmen Raised Concerns About BP Safety Before Gulf Oil Spill

Chemicals Meant To Break Up BP Oil Spill Present New Environmental Concerns

BP Had Other Problems in Years Leading to Gulf Spill

Gulf Spill Series Page