A controversial new cable show is thrusting America’s crumbling infrastructure into the spotlight. The debate stems not from the show’s content but from the engineering qualifications of its host, who criticizes others’ engineering and maintenance decisions in the name of public advocacy.
“Inspector America” debuted on Sunday, April 17 on the History Channel. The cable program examines roadways, dams, tunnels, levees, bridges and other structures in six cities to determine what meets building codes and what doesn’t. The show is produced by Original Productions, Los Angeles, which is also responsible for the unscripted reality shows “Ice Road Truckers” and “Deadliest Catch” that focus on high-risk jobs.