7 episodes

The Great Salt Lake is drying up, and Utah’s major cities and towns could turn into a toxic dust bowl. This is making some Utahns ask: can we stay here? On Stay Salty: Lakefacing Stories hosts Meisei Gonzalez and Olivia Juarez explore what it means to stay in the Great Salt Lake Basin as we face an environmental and public health crisis. We talk with youth activists, moms, Indigenous leaders, people with disabilities, farmers, brine shrimpers, people who are incarcerated, and more. We ask, Why stay? How do we stay? And who gets to stay (or leave)? 

Stay Salty: Lakefacing Stories Of Salt and Sand

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The Great Salt Lake is drying up, and Utah’s major cities and towns could turn into a toxic dust bowl. This is making some Utahns ask: can we stay here? On Stay Salty: Lakefacing Stories hosts Meisei Gonzalez and Olivia Juarez explore what it means to stay in the Great Salt Lake Basin as we face an environmental and public health crisis. We talk with youth activists, moms, Indigenous leaders, people with disabilities, farmers, brine shrimpers, people who are incarcerated, and more. We ask, Why stay? How do we stay? And who gets to stay (or leave)? 

    Recreation in the Face of Ecological Collapse

    Recreation in the Face of Ecological Collapse

    Recreation opportunities are a big reason why people live in Utah. Our mountains and waterways are ideal places to ski, bird watch, bike and refresh oneself. But as we face drought, these activities that bring many of us joy are under threat. In this episode of Stay Salty, we talk with Lulu Avila, a snowboarder, and Frances Ngo, a wildlife biologist and birder, about the ways they bring people into relationship with Great Salt Lake through recreation.

    Lulu and Frances both approach this work with a focus on diversity and justice. Lulu breaks down barriers for people of color in snow sports, while Frances hosts birding outings for the queer community. We explore the joy and challenges they both experience as they strive to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoors while simultaneously confronting ecological collapse.

    Find a transcript of the episode on https://www.lakefacing.org/blog.

    • 41 min
    How to Stay: Disability Justice Lessons for Dust Bowl City

    How to Stay: Disability Justice Lessons for Dust Bowl City

    If the Great Salt Lake dries up, toxic dust from the exposed lakebed will reach the lungs of millions of Utahns. This would be a public health disaster. People with disabilities will be disproportionately impacted by this crisis, but they also have knowledge, experience and solutions to help us navigate our uncertain future. In this episode, we talk with Flor Isabel, a mom and activist whose family has struggled with asthma from Utah's already poor air quality. We also speak with Nat Slater, an artist and disability justice organizer who shares lessons from the disability justice movement on community care and adaptation.

    Episode transcripts can be found on our website: https://www.lakefacing.org/blog

    Learn more:

    Sins Invalid, disability justice organization: https://www.sinsinvalid.org/

    Nat Slater is quoted in this story in Prism on Utah’s discrimination against disabled people: https://prismreports.org/2024/02/12/why-utah-discrimination-disabled-people-matters/

    A story in SLUG Magazine about the Embodied Ecologies Project curated by Nat Slater: https://www.slugmag.com/arts/art/embodied-ecologies-where-disability-meets-the-natural-world/

    Article in the Salt Lake Tribune about Flor Isabel's struggle with asthma during bad air days: https://www.sltrib.com/news/2024/01/23/reaching-air-there-are-solutions/

    • 35 min
    When You Can't Leave: Incarceration on the Lake's Shore

    When You Can't Leave: Incarceration on the Lake's Shore

    People who are incarcerated at the Utah State Correctional Facility face the impacts of the drying Great Salt Lake firsthand. While some of us may have the choice to leave if Great Salt Lake dries up, those who are incarcerated don't have such freedoms. For this episode of Stay Salty, co-host Meisei Gonzalez talked with Tea, a person incarcerated, and Sunny, a mental health advocate who works with people at the prison. The prison is built on Great Salt Lake wetlands, and it's often forgotten and invisible to society. In this episode, you'll hear challenges and reflections of what it's like being locked between land and lake, from hoards of mosquitos to toxic dust storms.

    • 24 min
    'You Can't Erase Us': Shoshone and Ute Connections to Great Salt Lake

    'You Can't Erase Us': Shoshone and Ute Connections to Great Salt Lake

    For time immemorial, the Goshute, Paiute, Shoshone, and Ute people have called the Great Salt Lake Basin home. In this episode of Stay Salty, we learn about Shoshone and Ute connections to Great Salt Lake. We talk with Rios Pacheco, the cultural and history advisor for the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, and Forrest S. Cuch, a member of the Ute Indian Tribe and former director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs. Pacheco and Cuch share the importance of Great Salt Lake to their people and how colonization has impacted that relationship.

    As we ask who gets to stay (or leave), we must remember this question is not new for Indigenous people who have been forcibly removed from the Great Salt Lake Basin.

    CORRECTION: In this episode, Forrest Cuch said the Ute Ouray Reservation was established in 1860, but it was established for the Uncompahgre Utes in 1880.

    In this episode, we reference a 2018 article in YES! Magazine by Kyle Powys Whyte, titled "White Allies, Let's Be Honest About Decolonization." We recommend reading the whole piece: https://www.yesmagazine.org/issue/decolonize/2018/04/03/white-allies-lets-be-honest-about-decolonization

    You can also learn more about the Indigenous history of the Great Salt Lake Basin by reading Forrest Cuch's book, A History of Utah's American Indians: https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=31200154726&dest=usa&ref_=ps_ggl_17721428148&cm_mmc=ggl-_-US_Shopp_Trade_20to50-_-product_id=COM9780913738498NEW-_-keyword=&gclid=CjwKCAjw26KxBhBDEiwAu6KXt2w-oYA-o29y0L-QfhC6F3MJ69Ag0EB8F98Jd84QN4i11UkDCVbFyhoC5mwQAvD_BwE

    • 53 min
    Making Love for the Lake Visible

    Making Love for the Lake Visible

    Great Salt Lake is an excellent place for a date. But chances are the lake herself will steal your heart. Two Utahns who outspokenly love Great Salt Lake are Nan Seymour and Sarah May. You may have seen them walking waves or dancing on the capitol steps in brine shrimp and bird costumes EVERY DAY during the Utah State legislative session this year. They also stayed with Great Salt Lake during the legislative sessions in 2023 and 2022, holding vigil and camping out on Antelope Island in the bitter cold. We talked with them in the middle of the 2024 state legislative session in February. This episode also includes date stories at Great Salt Lake and even an engagement story!

    • 37 min
    What It Means to Stay

    What It Means to Stay

    Welcome to Stay Salty: Lakefacing Stories! In our first episode, co-hosts Meisei Gonzalez and Olivia Juarez share their personal Great Salt Lake stories and explore their shared identities as queer, Mexican Americans who grew up on the west side of the Great Salt Lake Basin. Meisei talks with his best friend Zakary Cobia, and Olivia chats with their mom Cynthia Lucero. Together, they dive into our show's guiding theme: what it means to stay as we face an environmental and public health crisis.

    We are kicking off the show with our hosts' stories so listeners get a chance to learn about the people behind the mic. We also wanted to create reciprocity in the story sharing process.

    Until next time, stay salty!

    Learn more about the show and view episode transcript on www.lakefacing.org.

    Follow us on social media @ofsaltandsand.

    • 25 min

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