7 episodes

Help This Garden Grow is a new podcast docuseries telling the story of Hazel Johnson, a visionary of the Environmental Justice movement and a resident of the Altgeld Gardens community on the far South Side of Chicago. Hazel is the founder of People for Community Recovery, a 40 year-old organization that fights to address the toxic industrial pollution that has been killing the members of her community. Over the course of the multigenerational multipart documentary, hosts Damon Williams and Daniel Kisslinger talk with organizers, policy- makers, historians, and community members about how PCR emerged and led, the legacy of Ms. Johnson's work, and how this marginalized Chicago pocket built the lineage of today's vibrant, impactful, and necessary modern environmental justice movement. Help This Garden Grow is presented by Respair Production & Media, Elevate, and People for Community Recovery.

Help This Garden Grow Respair Production & Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Help This Garden Grow is a new podcast docuseries telling the story of Hazel Johnson, a visionary of the Environmental Justice movement and a resident of the Altgeld Gardens community on the far South Side of Chicago. Hazel is the founder of People for Community Recovery, a 40 year-old organization that fights to address the toxic industrial pollution that has been killing the members of her community. Over the course of the multigenerational multipart documentary, hosts Damon Williams and Daniel Kisslinger talk with organizers, policy- makers, historians, and community members about how PCR emerged and led, the legacy of Ms. Johnson's work, and how this marginalized Chicago pocket built the lineage of today's vibrant, impactful, and necessary modern environmental justice movement. Help This Garden Grow is presented by Respair Production & Media, Elevate, and People for Community Recovery.

    Episode 1 - Help This Garden Grow

    Episode 1 - Help This Garden Grow

    We begin our story–the story of Hazel Johnson, of Altgeld Gardens, of Environmental Justice, and of how we each fit into the fight to change our lives and our world.

    Show Notes
    Support the work of People for Community Recovery - https://www.peopleforcommunityrecovery.org/join-our-fight/donate

    Learn about Respair Production & Media - https://www.respairmedia.com/

    Music Credits
    Contact by Anitek
    Sunrise Drive by South London HiFi
    Intelligent Galaxy by The Insider
    Roy by JBlanked
    Spilled Beans by Gurty Beats
    Life Is by Cosimo Fogg
    Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official
    Catch My Breath by Ambient Boy
    Be Quiet by Jahzzar
    Ashes by AANI - produced by Adlai, mixing/mastering by Nicky Young

    • 43 min
    Episode 2 - "They Should've Never Built This"

    Episode 2 - "They Should've Never Built This"

    We go to the roots of the land where Altgeld Gardens sits and where Hazel's legacy lives, digging through the layers of indigenous, Black liberation, and personal lineages that make up the area.

    Show Notes
    Support the work of People for Community Recovery - https://www.peopleforcommunityrecovery.org/join-our-fight/donate

    Learn about Respair Production & Media - https://www.respairmedia.com/

    Music Credits
    Contact by Anitek
    Talky Beat by Twin Musicom
    Cinematic Sentimental Lullaby Sketch - Celesta only version by Gregor Quendel
    Smooth Lovin by Kevin Macleod
    Too Cool by Kevin Macleod
    Green by Yoitrax
    Be Quiet by Jahzzar
    Ashes by AANI - produced by Adlai, mixing/mastering by Nicky Young

    • 43 min
    Episode 3 - From the Center of the Donut

    Episode 3 - From the Center of the Donut

    We learn about and from Hazel's early fights scrapping with the power of the state, and the new possibilities for healing that she created.

    Show Notes
    Support the work of People for Community Recovery - https://www.peopleforcommunityrecovery.org/join-our-fight/donate

    Learn about Respair Production & Media - https://www.respairmedia.com/

    Music Credits
    Contact by Anitek
    Cinematic Sentimental Lullaby Sketch - Celesta only version by Gregor Quendel
    Morning by KV
    Be Quiet by Jahzzar
    Ashes by AANI - produced by Adlai, mixing/mastering by Nicky Young

    • 58 min
    Episode 4 - Mothering the Movement

    Episode 4 - Mothering the Movement

    We hear Hazel become a mother of the newly coalesced global Environmental Justice movement and take EJ to the highest halls of power, while still connecting the dots in her home community.

    Show Notes
    Support the work of People for Community Recovery - https://www.peopleforcommunityrecovery.org/join-our-fight/donate

    Learn about Respair Production & Media - https://www.respairmedia.com/

    Music Credits
    Hipster’s Meditation by IShaamin
    Contact by Anitek
    Money by Jahzzar
    Cooling by Audiobinger
    Be Quiet by Jahzzar
    Ashes by AANI - produced by Adlai, mixing/mastering by Nicky Young

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 5 - Inheriting the Shoebox

    Episode 5 - Inheriting the Shoebox

    As her health begins to wain, Hazel passes the baton to her daughter Cheryl who guides PCR through the treacherous waters of attacks, blackballing, and disrespect.

    Show Notes

    Support the work of People for Community Recovery - https://www.peopleforcommunityrecovery.org/join-our-fight/donate

    Learn about Respair Production & Media - https://www.respairmedia.com/

    Music Credits
    Contact by Anitek
    Mounsell Forts by Roger Plexico
    Cinematic Sentimental Lullaby Sketch - Celesta only version by Gregor Quendel
    Funk by Podington Bear
    Cooling by Audiobinger
    Be Quiet by Jahzzar
    Ashes by AANI - produced by Adlai, mixing/mastering by Nicky Young

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 6 - The Center of the Gardens

    Episode 6 - The Center of the Gardens

    We follow where Hazel's legacy lives in Chicago’s EJ struggles today, and commit to the mission of actualizing the legacy Hazel envisioned.

    Show Notes
    Support the work of People for Community Recovery - https://www.peopleforcommunityrecovery.org/join-our-fight/donate

    Learn about Respair Production & Media - https://www.respairmedia.com/

    Music Credits
    Contact by Anitek
    Intelligent Galaxy by The Insider
    Smooth Lovin by Kevin Macleod
    Plainsong by dust motes
    Be Quiet by Jahzzar
    Ashes by AANI - produced by Adlai, mixing/mastering by Nicky Young

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

4 yr old ,

The BEST

This is not an easy listen because of the environmental racism it addresses head on, but it is absolutely inspiring through the literal garden of community voices that shine through the root narrative of a powerful mother figure and the movement she led. We should all want to join Hazels garden. Thank you for all who contributed to this work of art that represents the richness of the work with such honor. The best podcast I’ve ever heard.

Sarah97Sarah ,

Brilliant all the way around

The podcast is phenomenal all the way around. It’s a great story with lessons for people working in government (me) and academia. The contradiction bell is such a great element, as are the pauses to breathe through the parts of the story that are truly hard to hear. I’ve been inviting everyone I know to listen to this and learn. Hazel Johnson’s persistence is a model to which I aspire. Thank you!

myceliumdreams ,

Respair / AirGo’s best work yet

This audio docuseries is phenomenal. The narrative and production quality are next level. This is a must listen. It’s amazing to see AirGo / Respair evolve over the years and can’t wait to see what they put out next! Thanks for a great listen, as always.

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