Living Downstream Northern California Public Media presents Living Downstream: The Environmental Justice Podcast, produced in association with the NPR One mobile app. Living Downstream explores environmental justice in communities from California to Indonesia and is hosted by NCPM News Director Steve Mencher. The podcast features some of the most experienced environmental reporters in the public radio system, as well as a handful of talented newcomers.
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Northern California Public Media presents Living Downstream: The Environmental Justice Podcast, produced in association with the NPR One mobile app. Living Downstream explores environmental justice in communities from California to Indonesia and is hosted by NCPM News Director Steve Mencher. The podcast features some of the most experienced environmental reporters in the public radio system, as well as a handful of talented newcomers.

Most Recent Episodes

New Growth in the Birthplace of Environmental Justice

Warren County, N.C. is the birthplace of environmental justice, where hundreds were arrested in 1982 protesting a PCB dump. We share that history, and meet activists fighting for social and environmental justice today. Related Stories Fire and Rain Fire and Rain - Enclosure Trailer Park Activists of the Eastern Coachella Valley

Fire and Rain

The peat swamp forests of Borneo are the site of a failed agricultural experiment. As indigenous people lost their livelihood, carbon poured into the atmosphere. From the jungles of Indonesia, our first international edition. Related Stories Fire and Rain - Enclosure Trailer Park Activists of the Eastern Coachella Valley Trailer Park Activists of the Eastern Coachella Valley - Enclosure

Klamath Water Wars

Dams on the Klamath River in Northern Calif. and southern Oregon will be removed in the next few years, due to compromises among warring groups that put aside self-interest. Learn how competing priorities were addressed. Related Stories Uranium - Toxic Legacy at Red Water Pond Road Uranium - Toxic Legacy at Red Water Pond Road - Enclosure Fire and Rain

Trailer Park Activists of the Eastern Coachella Valley

Farmworkers have long lived in awful conditions in California's Coachella Valley. Reporter Ruxandra Guidi has been visiting one community for a decade. She says community health workers are now making a difference there. Related Stories Trailer Park Activists of the Eastern Coachella Valley - Enclosure Uranium - Toxic Legacy at Red Water Pond Road Uranium - Toxic Legacy at Red Water Pond Road - Enclosure

Uranium - Toxic Legacy at Red Water Pond Road

Navajo residents of the Red Water Pond Road community in New Mexico near Church Rock have lived with radioactive contamination for 50 years. They're tired of being in a state of toxic limbo the uranium industry bequeathed when it packed up and left. Related Stories Uranium - Toxic Legacy at Red Water Pond Road - Enclosure Season Preview Season Preview - Enclosure

Smackdown: City Hall vs. Big Oil

In 2012, a fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif. caused 14,000 residents to flee. In October 2018 Chevron agreed to spend $160 million on improvements to its refineries. Smackdown tells the story of how one community fought Chevron and won. Related Stories Smackdown: City Hall vs. Big Oil - Enclosure Season Preview The Forgotten Civilians of Eglin Air Force Base

The Forgotten Civilians of Eglin Air Force Base

Civilian employees at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida tested the defoliant Agent Orange in the 1960s. Public radio veteran Jon Kalish brings us the story of these workers, who have suffered from ailments including soft-tissue sarcomas and lymphoma. Related Stories The Forgotten Civilians of Eglin Air Force Base - Enclosure The Forgotten Civilians of Eglin Air Force Base Firing Forests to Save Them: Could Native American Traditions Protect Land and Lives?

Firing Forests to Save Them: Could Native American Traditions Protect Land and Lives?

One way to avoid deadly fires in the West is trusting controlled burns, as Native Americans have long done. Indians aren't allowed to follow cultural practices of caring for the land. Now we see how that affects everyone in the age of climate change. Related Stories Firing Forests to Save Them: Could Native American Traditions Protect Land and Lives? Firing Forests to Save Them: Could Native American Traditions Protect Land and Lives? - Enclosure Season Preview

Firing Forests to Save Them: Could Native American Traditions Protect Land and Lives?

Season Preview

An introduction to our season of podcasts about environmental justice Related Stories Season Preview - Enclosure Season Preview Living with Lead: Public Housing on a Superfund Site

Living with Lead: Public Housing on a Superfund Site

In East Chicago, Indiana, authorities built a public housing project on land once occupied by a lead smelting operation. The area has been declared a Superfund site, and residents of the housing project, but not the surrounding area, have been moved. Related Stories Living with Lead: Public Housing on a Superfund Site - Enclosure

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