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.
The Forgotten Civilians of Eglin Air Force Base, Part 2
Civilian workers at Eglin AFB in Florida tested the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Many are now sick; some are dead. Part 1 of our story about this scandal uncovered startling secrets. In Part 2, Jon Kalish returns to Eglin to follow up.
Justice for Unrecognized Tribes
Members of California Indian tribes care very deeply about their land and its best uses. But if tribes are “unrecognized” by the Federal government, they may not have a seat at the table when crucial decisions are made about their ancestral homes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Living Downstream is one of my favorite podcasts. It gives really interesting and helpful insight about environmental injustices in communities around the world. I like that the reporters actually talk to the people in these communities— the ones most affected by issues. Most episodes focus on minority communities like the Calumet neighborhood in Chicago or the Navajo, etc, which we don’t really hear about.
Overall, I really enjoy and respect this podcast. I can’t wait to hear more!