20 episodes

A podcast focusing on clean water issues and their relationship to policy, equity, community and climate.

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A podcast focusing on clean water issues and their relationship to policy, equity, community and climate.

    Ep 20 - Rachel Marco-Havens

    Ep 20 - Rachel Marco-Havens

    On this, our 20th episode, we feature a dear friend who has brought so much to our community. Rachel Marco-Havens is a multi-disciplinary “solutionary” artist. Rachel is an advocate, activist, radio-show host, musician and an adept communicator who ignites action. Be it facilitating workshops, sharing stories, creating art, delivering a keynote, moderating or participating in a panel discussion or whipping up a party—Rachel moves the energy from the ripples of conversation to waves of inspired activity. Seth Bernard, Rachel's long time friend, sat down with her for a conversation about how becoming a water protector changed her life.

    /// State of Water is a program of the Michigan-based non-profit organization Title Track, and is powered by the Clean Water Campaign for Michigan. The podcast is made possible through a generous contribution from the Esperance Foundation.

    /// EPISODE 20
    / Rachel Marco-Havens interviewed by Seth Bernard
    / Produced, edited and mixed by Dan Rickabus
    / Narrators - Alex Smith, Ben Darcie, Dan Rickabus, Jenny Jones, Angela Gallegos, Rachel Marco-Havens
    / Theme Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus
    / Featured Music - "Logued Out" by JUUNI (Wayne Ramocan) : juuniverse.com

    • 56 min
    Ep 19 - Peter Madcat Ruth

    Ep 19 - Peter Madcat Ruth

    On this special episode, we feature a Michigan music legend.
    Peter Madcat Ruth is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But Madcat doesn't just play blues harp: he also sings and plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, jaw-harp, penny-whistle, kalimba, banjo and other folk instruments from around the world. After studying harmonica and Chicago Blues with Big Walter Horton, Madcat moved to Ann Arbor. In the 70s he was touring the world with jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. In the 80s, Madcat went solo infusing the folk/blues tradition with elements of rock and jazz. In the 90s, Madcat teamed up with guitarist/singer Shari Kane to form the duo Madcat & Kane. For twenty four years they toured nationally and internationally. He now plays in Triple Play with Chris Brubeck, Big Joe Manfra and the MadCat Midnight Blues Journey. He’s been featured at harmonica festivals in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and he can be heard playing on over 130 albums.

    /// State of Water is a program of the Michigan-based non-profit organization Title Track, and is powered by the Clean Water Campaign for Michigan. The podcast is made possible through a generous contribution from the Esperance Foundation.

    /// EPISODE 19
    / Peter "Madcat" Ruth interviewed by Seth Bernard
    / Produced, edited and mixed by Dan Rickabus
    / Narrators - Alex Smith, Ben Darcie, Dan Rickabus, Jenny Jones, Rachel Marco-Havens
    / Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus
    / featuring "Fishin' Blues" by Peter Madcat Ruth with the Big Joe Manfra band, from the album "Live in Rio"

    • 40 min
    Ep 18 - Stephanie Mills

    Ep 18 - Stephanie Mills

    Today’s episode features an interview that’s not only empowering and good for the mind, but grounding and good for the heart. Seth Bernard has a moving conversation with bioregionalist Stephanie Mills. For nearly fifty years, Stephanie Mills has been writing and speaking for nature and community. She is a prolific published author, an adjunct professor, and has served on countless boards, from that of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America to her local natural foods co-op. In 2009 She was awarded an honorary doctorate by her alma mater. The citation called her “a visionary ecological activist and pioneering bioregionalist whose unswerving advocacy for the preservation of our shared planet and powerful message of personal responsibility teach us that a single voice can transform the world.” She volunteers with local nature education and nonviolence groups. Her occasional writing, which appears on the naturechange.org website, extols the work of natural scientists and the organisms, ecosystems, and watersheds to which they are devoted. She joined Seth Bernard on a call from her home in the Northwestern lower peninsula.

    /// State of Water is a program of the Michigan-based non-profit organization Title Track, and is powered by the Clean Water Campaign for Michigan. The podcast is made possible through a generous contribution from the Esperance Foundation.

    /// EPISODE 18
    / Stephanie Mills interviewed by Seth Bernard
    / Produced, edited and mixed by Dan Rickabus
    / Narrators - Alex Smith, Ben Darcie, Dan Rickabus, Jenny Jones, Rachel Marco-Havens
    / Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep 17 - Piper Carter

    Ep 17 - Piper Carter

    On this episode, we feature a dynamic and game-changing luminary from Detroit. Piper Carter is an Arts and Culture Organizer in Entertainment Justice, Education Justice, Maker Space, Environmental Justice, and Food Justice, communities. She is the Host of her own podcast, the Piper Carter Podcast on Detroit is Different where she discusses Social Justice and Hip Hop to a world wide audience.She is co-Founder of We Found Hip Hop (The Foundation, uplifting, celebrating, and supporting Women in Hip Hop create and build careers in a safer environment). She is Creator of Dilla Youth Day (dedicated to providing S.T.E.A.M. education to underserved and marginalized youth in Detroit). She is also Creator and Editor-In-Chief for thestudioarena.com (a sustainable fashion magazine promoting zero waste and international trade). From her work as a fashion photographer, she has been a returning feature on Tyra Banks’ VH-1 show “The Shot.” She is the First Black Woman to shoot for Hi-End publications such as French Vogue, British Elle, New York Times, Spin, & Essence Magazines, & emerging talent for Music companies such as Def Jam, Sony Music, Warner Music, Universal Music, Disturbing tha Peace, Elektra Records, & Television Cast Images for BET. She is a founding member of a staggering list of action councils, caucuses and boards with environmental, equity and youth focused missions in Detroit, she’s a Howard University Graduate, a next-level volunteer coordinator and an adept co-creator. Piper received the prestigious Muhammad Ali Global Peace Initiative Women of Impact Award from The United Nation. She also received The Spirit of Detroit Award for Creating Dilla Youth Day.

    /// State of Water is a program of the Michigan-based non-profit organization Title Track, and is powered by the Clean Water Campaign for Michigan. The podcast is made possible through a generous contribution from the Esperance Foundation.

    /// EPISODE 17
    / Piper Carter interviewed by Seth Bernard
    / Produced, edited and mixed by Dan Rickabus
    / Narrators - Alex Smith, Ben Darcie, Dan Rickabus, Jenny Jones, Rachel Marco-Havens
    / Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep 16 - Peter Sinclair

    Ep 16 - Peter Sinclair

    Peter Sinclair is an independent videographer specializing in climate change, and renewable energy solutions. His YouTube video series, “Climate Denial Crock of the Week”, the blog of the same name, as well as his collaboration with Yale Climate Connections called “This is Not Cool”, have all received millions of views. These series are used in higher education settings around the planet, and have become trusted resources for scientists, educators, students, policy makers, and citizens. Peter is a winner of the “Friend of the Planet” award from the National Center for Science Education. As Media Director of the Dark Snow Project, a crowd-funded, international Science/ Communication initiative, he continues to travel with and interview leading scientists in all fields related to Climate Change. He lives with his wife, Sandra, in Midland, MI, where he works out of his home. It’s been over a week since mid-Michigan was hit with catastrophic flooding that washed away and damaged homes, wiped out an entire lake and displaced residents. On Tuesday, May 19, the Edenville Dam collapsed and shortly after, water flooded over the top of the Sanford Dam following heavy rains. The dams, both based in Midland County, sent rushing water down the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers. Thousands of Michiganders are still picking up the pieces from the flood’s aftermath.

    /// State of Water is a program of the Michigan-based non-profit organization Title Track, and is powered by the Clean Water Campaign for Michigan. The podcast is made possible through a generous contribution from the Esperance Foundation.

    /// EPISODE 16
    / Peter Sinclair interviewed by Seth Bernard
    / Produced, edited and mixed by Dan Rickabus
    / Narrators - Alex Smith, Ben Darcie, Dan Rickabus, Jenny Jones, Rachel Marco-Havens
    / Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus

    • 49 min
    Ep 15 - Nayyirah Shariff

    Ep 15 - Nayyirah Shariff

    On today’s episode, we continue our mission to connect clean water issues to the work of racial justice, and we’re excited to lift up the work and message of a one of a kind community hero. Nayyirah Shariff is a grassroots organizer based in Flint, Michigan. They have over a decade of experience organizing around local, state, and national electoral and issue-oriented campaigns. Nayyirah was one of the co-founders of the Flint Democracy Defense League, a grassroots group formed to confront Flint’s emergency manager in 2011. They have been featured on Democracy Now!, Al-Jazeera and Netroots Nation speaking out about the poisoning of Flint’s water and Michigan’s Emergency Management of local governments. They are currently the Director of Flint Rising, a coalition of Flint residents and community groups, labor, and progressive allies that formed in response to the Flint water crisis.

    /// State of Water is a program of the Michigan-based non-profit organization Title Track, and is powered by the Clean Water Campaign for Michigan. The podcast is made possible through a generous contribution from the Esperance Foundation.

    /// EPISODE 15
    / Nayyirah Shariff interviewed by Seth Bernard
    / Produced, edited and mixed by Dan Rickabus
    / Narrators - Alex Smith, Ben Darcie, Dan Rickabus, Jenny Jones, Rachel Marco-Havens
    / Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus

    • 53 min

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