Opinion | Summer by the Pool Should Be a Right, Not a Privilege

By Mara Gay

Produced by Derek Arthur and Phoebe Lett

America has an uneasy relationship with water. More than half of Americans don’t know how to swim or how to swim well. Eleven people in the United States die every day from drowning.

In this audio essay, editorial board writer Mara Gay argues that many of these deaths are preventable and proposes a simple solution that could change how the country thinks about swimming.

(A full transcript of this audio essay will be available midday on the Times website.)

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This Times Opinion Short was produced by Derek Arthur and Phoebe Lett. It was edited by Stephanie Joyce and Kaari Pitkin. Mixing by Sonia Herrero. Original music by Carole Sabouraud, Sonia Herrero and Isaac Jones. Fact-checking by Mary Marge Locker. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta and Kristina Samulewski.

Mara Gay is a member of the editorial board. @MaraGay

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