The Spiritual Edge The Spiritual Edge podcast explores the shifting, modern landscape of religion and spirituality. You'll hear diverse stories of people and their communities. It's a reflection of our collective reality, injected with a dash of hope. Produced in collaboration with KALW Public Radio, this is high production value audio. Season 1 of The Spiritual Edge launches with a series of intimate profiles called Sacred Steps — stories of people who show up as standout humanitarians and are challenging the status quo.
The Spiritual Edge

The Spiritual Edge

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The Spiritual Edge podcast explores the shifting, modern landscape of religion and spirituality. You'll hear diverse stories of people and their communities. It's a reflection of our collective reality, injected with a dash of hope. Produced in collaboration with KALW Public Radio, this is high production value audio. Season 1 of The Spiritual Edge launches with a series of intimate profiles called Sacred Steps — stories of people who show up as standout humanitarians and are challenging the status quo.

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A Prayer for Salmon: AUDIO GLITCH FIXED. Chapter 11. The Return of Salmon

We apologize — the previously uploaded Chapter 11 has an audio glitch. It's now been corrected. To make sure everyone can access the corrected audio, we are uploading it again, here. Spurred by drought, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service accelerates a plan to restore winter-run Chinook salmon to the McCloud River. Chief Caleen Sisk weighs whether to collaborate with federal officials. Salmon spotted on Dry Creek for the first time in 30 years are celebrated as an answer to the Winnemem Wintu's Run4Salmon prayer.

A Prayer for Salmon: AUDIO GLITCH FIXED. Chapter 11. The Return of Salmon

A Prayer for Salmon: Chapter 11. The Return of Salmon

Spurred by drought, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service accelerates a plan to restore winter-run Chinook salmon to the McCloud River. Chief Caleen Sisk weighs whether to collaborate with federal officials. Salmon spotted on Dry Creek for the first time in 30 years are celebrated as an answer to the Winnemem Wintu's Run4Salmon prayer.

A Prayer for Salmon: Chapter 10. Bringing the Salmon Home

The Winnemem Wintu board a plane bound for Christchurch, New Zealand. With the help of the Maori people, they hold a ceremony on the Rikkaia River and sing to the salmon there. Once back in the United States, Chief Caleen Sisk meets with every government agency she can to push the idea of bringing the New Zealand salmon back home.

A Prayer for Salmon: Chapter 9. A War Dance and a Prophecy

When plans for the Shasta Dam Enlargement Project accelerate, the Winnemem Wintu decide to hold a war dance, their first in more than 100 years. Members of the community dream into existence songs, dances and regalia. News of the ceremony, and the tribe that declared war against the U.S. government on top of Shasta Dam, goes around the world. That leads to an unexpected message from Down Under.

A Prayer for Salmon: Chapter 8. Speaking for Salmon

At a sacred spring high up on Mt. Shasta, the Winnemem Wintu recount the beginnings of the world when salmon gave up their voices so that humans could speak. They now feel a special obligation to defend salmon in return for this gift. A biologist details Chinook salmon's catastrophic decline since the arrival of Euro-American settlers to California and the Northwest.

A Prayer for Salmon Part 3 Trailer

In Part III, we follow the Winnemem Wintu's fight to return salmon to their river, the McCloud. That fight is predicated on strong spiritual and cultural ties to the fish. In the old days, they lit fires alongside the river to help them find their way. But with salmon no longer swimming in the McCloud River, the Winnemem Wintu feel a moral and spiritual obligation to bring them back. The journey is full of ups and downs and includes war dances. border crossings. trucks carrying fish. and ultimately, to everyone's surprise, salmon eggs hatching in the McCloud River for the first time in about 80 years.

A Prayer for Salmon: Chapter 7. Agriculture and Genocide

The Run4Salmon bikes through rural areas in the upper Sacramento Valley where Euro American settlers changed the land to better suit an agrarian economy. The Winnemem Wintu and supporters remember the indigenous people who were forcibly removed and killed. An apology in Redding for the genocide may be well intentioned, but Chief Caleen Sisk insists action must accompany words.

A Prayer for Salmon: Chapter 6. The Delta, A Habitat Destroyed

As the Run4Salmon continues to travel upstream, the Winnemem Wintu and supporters witness more obstacles faced by migrating salmon. Once a vast marshland, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta was an important haven for juvenile salmon, but now is a gauntlet of human engineering. Chief Caleen Sisk stands up for salmon and water health at a bureaucratic meeting of Sacramento Valley water districts.

A Prayer for Salmon: Chapter 5. The Run4Salmon

A Prayer for Salmon: Chapter 5. The Run4Salmon

The Winnemem Wintu and supporters start a two-week Run4Salmon prayer to call salmon back to the waters above Shasta Dam. The Run follows the salmon's migration path from the ocean to the mountains. It starts in the Bay Area where the Winnemem Wintu and supporters encounter environmental devastation first set in motion 200 years ago.

A Prayer for Salmon Part 2 Trailer

In Part II, we shift the focus away from the fight against a bigger dam and towards a different struggle: for salmon. The Winnemem Wintu feel a close connection to salmon, a keystone species that impacts the well-being of other creatures and habitat around them. They miss them on the McCloud River where their ancestors fished. We journey alongside the Winnemem Wintu through the San Francisco Bay and up the Sacramento River to witness the obstacles faced by the fish. Along the way, we learn about the historical events that have shaped these waterways and threatened the continued existence of Chinook salmon populations here.