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In 2018, environmental activists partnered with University of California-Irvine and conducted a study of 1,500 soil samples across the city of Santa Ana (CA). The results: Half of the soil samples showed concentrations of lead that were toxic for children.
Lead poisoning is an epidemic that has been ravaging communities of color across the country (and the world) for a hundred years. The story of how it spread to our own backyards has little to do with the individual responsibility of homeowners and parents. This is a story about capitalism, the politics of science, and the subtle (and overt) workings of environmental racism.
This audio documentary follows a group of activists and researchers as they try to unearth decades of neglect, discrimination, and toxic practices in Santa Ana, CA. You will be an active participant in solving the mystery behind pollution maps: Was it lead-based paint, car emissions, farming practices, or metal factories? Each episode will interrogate these usual suspects while also narrating the history of lead and lead poisoning in the United States. You will hear about lead in paint and how its deleterious effects connected to the issue of affordable housing and redlining. You will also learn about the emblematic citrus groves in Orange County and how the use of the automobile resulted in widespread lead poisoning among American children. Find out more: http://historianrubio.com/airmetalandearth/

Air, Metal, and Earth Juan M. Rubio

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In 2018, environmental activists partnered with University of California-Irvine and conducted a study of 1,500 soil samples across the city of Santa Ana (CA). The results: Half of the soil samples showed concentrations of lead that were toxic for children.
Lead poisoning is an epidemic that has been ravaging communities of color across the country (and the world) for a hundred years. The story of how it spread to our own backyards has little to do with the individual responsibility of homeowners and parents. This is a story about capitalism, the politics of science, and the subtle (and overt) workings of environmental racism.
This audio documentary follows a group of activists and researchers as they try to unearth decades of neglect, discrimination, and toxic practices in Santa Ana, CA. You will be an active participant in solving the mystery behind pollution maps: Was it lead-based paint, car emissions, farming practices, or metal factories? Each episode will interrogate these usual suspects while also narrating the history of lead and lead poisoning in the United States. You will hear about lead in paint and how its deleterious effects connected to the issue of affordable housing and redlining. You will also learn about the emblematic citrus groves in Orange County and how the use of the automobile resulted in widespread lead poisoning among American children. Find out more: http://historianrubio.com/airmetalandearth/

    Gasoline

    Gasoline

    Most of the lead that is in our environment today traveled as thin particles through the air that we breathe, here in Southern California, and in any major city in the world. In this episode we will find out what cars, motels, and the state of Minnesota have to do with a history of lead. We will also hear about a few scientists that, against all odds, were trying to change the story about where lead was coming from and what it meant for our society

    • 27 min
    Agriculture

    Agriculture

    In this episode, we will look at the history of the citrus industry in Orange County. We will ask how agriculture related to the presence of toxic substances in the county's soil. But we will not stop there. With the help of Dr. Sackman, we will explain how oranges changed not only the natural landscape in Southern California, but also our core ideas about what this place represented.

    • 24 min
    Lead Paint

    Lead Paint

    In today's episode we look at the contentious history of lead paint. We will see how the widespread use of this deadly product was shaped by mining companies and capitalist forces. We will also find out how the struggles to get rid of it were once connected to the fight for affordable housing and racial justice during the civil rights era.

    • 39 min
    A Community against Lead

    A Community against Lead

    Lead poisoning is an epidemic that has been ravaging communities of color across the country and the world for 100 years. The reasons why it was and continues to be so rampant of an issue did not hinge upon the individual choices of parents or homeowners. The story of lead in our environment is a story about capitalism, the politics of science, and the subtle and overt workings of environmental racism.

    • 28 min

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