Tune In Tonight: 'TakePart Live' Tackles a Taboo Topic We Deal With All the Time

If you give a crap about saving lives, you'll watch.
Apr 9, 2014·
Salvatore Cardoni holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.

One of the world's deadliest public health problems is also one of its least discussed: Globally, more than 2.5 billion people don't have proper sanitation facilities and instead practice open defecation, leading to 1.2 million deaths per year, mostly of children under the age of five.

Sounds like a solvable problem, right? We think so—that’s why our colleagues at TakePart Live are devoting a special hour-long episode to the issue. Look for it tonight at midnight ET, 9 p.m. PT, on our sister network, Pivot.

During the episode, you’ll follow correspondent Yoonj Kim during her recent travels to India, where 620 million people poop outside. While there, she attended the Reinvent the Toilet Fair and met the engineers and scientists working to develop low-cost, off-the-grid toilets for the world's most unmentionable health crisis.

That’s right—the episode won’t just spotlight the problem. Our hosts and panelists will engage in a lively discussion about the best way to go about ending this sanitation insanity—surely it’s crazy that more people own cell phones in India than have access to a toilet.

So get ready for a whole lot of poop talk. You may think it’s icky or sophomoric, but far too many people are dying because they live without a latrine. And that’s just unacceptable.