On September 2nd 2017, just east of Portland, Oregon, 150 hikers were trapped behind a wall of flames created by one mistake, one that would lead to immense fear and loss. Wildfire, a podcast from REI Co-op, investigates the causes and repercussions of this devastating wildfire.
Ep. 1: A Murder and a Fire
In episode one, hosts Graham Zimmerman and Jim Aikman set off to better understand the Brazilian Amazon. They explore both the politics and biology of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.
Ep. 2: The Man and the Forest
While learning more about Chico Mendes' young life, our hosts explore the past of the rubber trade in the Amazon, the rubber tappers' relationship with the forest, and their plight.
Ep.3: Good Guys and Bad Guys
Chico begins organizing against deforestation and starts a war with the local ranching community. Hosts Graham and Jim see first hand what the burning looks like on the ground.
Ep. 4: The Indigenous Perspective
Activist, environmentalist and rubber tapper, Chico Mendes, reaches out to the Indigenous communities in Brazil to help his cause in the forest, a resource on which they both rely.
Ep. 5: The International Stage
Environmentalist, Chico Mendes, takes his message to the national and international stages, where he finds both support and increased threat of violence.
Ep. 6: Martyrdom
After Chico’s death, he became a martyr for the rainforest, and his work continued with significant success.