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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 27 - Ben Traverse and Michael Dause: Shantyland

    Ep 27 - Ben Traverse and Michael Dause: Shantyland

    On today’s episode, we feature a musical collaboration, rooted in friendship, that honors the deep history of the Great Lakes while sharing a love of water that drives a conviction to act boldly in the present. Ben Traverse is a guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist who has a passion for American traditional folk music. He is also a core member of the Earthwork Music Collective, and a behind-the-scenes M.V.P. for Michigan’s music community. Inspired by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and many more folk heroes, Ben creates eclectic mixtures of story and song. Michael Dause is best known as the drummer for the phenomenal band The Accidentals. He is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and recording engineer apart from the band, and he releases his own immersive music under the moniker Treeskin. These two unique Michigan artists joined forces in 2019 to record an album of both traditional and original Sea Shanties. The album, entitled "Songs of the Lakes, Rivers and Seas, Shanties, Forecastle Songs and other Maritime Ballads," is affectionately referred to as Shantyland. This past Fall, Ben and Michael met up with Title Track Co-Executive-Director Seth Bernard at Earthwork Farm, where the duo recorded around half of their collaborative album. The three friends discussed how this rich history informs their action in the present, and the urgency that clean water issues demand in 2022. We hope you enjoy their conversation, as well as multiple exclusive debut live recordings of some of the Shantyland songs - performed in the Barn at Earthwork Farm.

    /// 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 27
    / Ben Traverse and Michael Dause 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
    / Graphic by Dani Renwick of Charmellow Design
    / Theme Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus
    / Featured Music - "Erie Canal," "Haul Away Joe," and "Marquette Bay" by Ben Traverse and Michael Dause: Live at Earthwork Farm
    / Featured Background Music - "Half-Frozen River" by Dan Rickabus

    • 45 min
    Ep 26 - Kate Madigan & Jamie Simmons

    Ep 26 - Kate Madigan & Jamie Simmons

    The Michigan Climate Action Network, or MiCAN, connects and amplifies individuals, communities, and organizations confronting the climate crisis in Michigan. Uniting a ​​network of over 70 organizations and 30,000 individuals, MiCAN partners with coalitions and campaigns working for climate solutions and justice. They host the annual Michigan Climate Action Summit, the first and largest statewide public gathering focused on climate action. From conferences to rallies and marches, they facilitate dozens of events each year, and support organizations in advancing equitable climate solutions with the urgency science demands.
    In this inspiring interview, Seth Bernard sits down with MiCAN Executive Director Kate Madigan and Engagement Director Jamie Simmons. The three provide an in depth look into MiCAN’s vital work, discuss bringing equity to the forefront of this movement, and share how they keep themselves charged and renewed as they forge ahead with activism.

    /// 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 26
    / Kate Madigan and Jamie Simmons 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
    / Graphic by Dani Renwick of Charmellow Design
    / Theme Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus
    / Featured Music - "Authors (instrumental demo)" by Dan Rickabus

    • 43 min
    Ep 25 - Amber Hasan

    Ep 25 - Amber Hasan

    Amber Hasan is a brilliant artistic force of nature. Her work with poetry, music, herbalism and activism focuses on bringing light to dark places and situations, while also helping others to find and use their voices as a tool of empowerment. Amber is a hip hop artist, a member of the Earthwork Music Collective, owner of a natural product line called Mama’s Healing Hands, co-founder of the Sister Tour artist collective, and host of the Loud Mouth Ghetto Girl Podcast. Backed by a fellowship from PolicyLink's Water Equity and Climate Resilience Caucus, Amber and Seth Bernard collaborated on a new track called Watersong. The song, featuring We the People of Detroit President Monica Lewis Patrick, and produced with help from the Lasso, is a genre defying call to action for environmental justice. Amber caught up with dear friend and collaborator Seth Bernard - we hope you enjoy their amazing conversation, as well as a premiere of the new track: Watersong. Check out the song, streaming everywhere now!

    /// 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 25
    / Amber Hasan 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
    / Graphic by Dani Renwick of Charmellow Design
    / Theme Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus
    / Featured Music - "Watersong" by Amber Hasan, Seth Bernard & Monica Lewis-Patrick

    • 38 min
    Ep 24 - Samantha Cooper

    Ep 24 - Samantha Cooper

    Michigan musician, songwriter and water protector Samantha Cooper became one of over 900 defendants in the struggle to stop line 3 this past summer. She was invited to stand with Indigenous leaders, upholding their treaty rights and protecting the natural resources guaranteed to them under federal law. After spending a month in Minnesota, Sam created an interpolation of a song called "Tomorrow" by Miner. Her video single is a love note to the rights of Manoomin (wild rice). The song "Let the Wave" features Frank Bibeau - the Attorney in a historic rights of Manoomin case unfolding in Minnesota. This track also features artists Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond, Jaike Spotted Wolf of Camp Migizi, and Holly T Bird of Title Track, as well as contributions from Seth Bernard and Dan Rickabus. Check out the song, streaming everywhere now!

    /// 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 24
    / Samantha Cooper interviewed by Dan Rickabus
    / Produced, edited and mixed by Dan Rickabus
    / Narrators - Alex Smith, Ben Darcie, Dan Rickabus, Jenny Jones, Angela Gallegos, Rachel Marco-Havens
    / Graphic by Dani Renwick of Charmellow Design
    / Theme Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus
    / Featured Music - "Let the Wave" by Samantha Cooper (feat. Shara Nova, Jaike Spotted Wolf, Holly T Bird & Frank Bibeau)

    • 48 min
    Ep 23 - Peggy Case

    Ep 23 - Peggy Case

    Peggy Case comes from a long history of environmental and social justice activism. She’s a community organizer, editor, writer, former grade school teacher, a lifelong gardener, a singer, a beekeeper and permaculture enthusiast. As President of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, she has worked tirelessly to end the privatization of our water by a multinational corporation. For over a decade, Peggy and her organization have been hard at work fighting Nestle Waters North America in the court system. During a time of multiple clean water crises in our state, Nestle has been pumping millions of gallons of clean Michigan water for next to nothing, making millions while exploiting the communities and environments they depend on. Peggy’s interview is not only a sobering look at Nestle’s activity over the last decade, more importantly, it's an inspiring testimony of a true water protector who won’t back down.

    /// 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 23
    / Peggy Case 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
    / Graphic by Dani Renwick of Charmellow Design
    / Theme Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus
    / Featured Music - "Light on Earthright" by Dan Rickabus

    • 46 min
    Ep 22 - Melissa DeSimone

    Ep 22 - Melissa DeSimone

    In this episode, we get a window into the world of Melissa DeSimone, the executive director of the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association. MLSA is a non-profit, state-wide organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and wise management of Michigan’s vast treasure of inland lakes and streams. They achieve their mission by supporting riparian associations as well as the collective and individual educational, stewardship and conservation initiatives of their members which include lake associations, concerned citizens, commercial and non-profit businesses as well as our public and private collaborative partners. Melissa shares the journey of how she found this work, and how the organization empowers Michigan residents to take the health of our inland lakes and streams into their own hands.

    /// 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 22
    / Melissa DeSimone 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
    / Graphic by Dani Renwick of Charmellow Design
    / Theme Music - Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus
    / Featured Music - "Say Yes to Now (instrumental)" by Dan Rickabus

    • 34 min

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