Tahoe is a jewel in the Sierra Nevada, but climate change threatens to transform the region by the century’s end. CapRadio’s Ezra David Romero explores this petri dish for scientific research to see how Tahoe can help us confront the global climate crisis.
TahoeLand: TahoeLand Update: Caldor Fire Threatens Tahoe
Two years after making TahoeLand, host Ezra David Romero finds himself reporting on a major wildfire threatening the beloved region. He talks on KQED’s The Bay podcast about reporting on the Caldor Fire. The blaze recently traveled from the western Sierra, over Echo Summit toward South Lake Tahoe, which is now under mandatory evacuation. Ezra reflects with Host Ericka Cruz Guevarra on making TahoeLand two years ago and how climate change is transforming the area today.
TahoeLand: TahoeLand Live!
This is our last episode of TahoeLand. I know, it’s really sad. But this season has come to an end. And to celebrate, we hosted a live podcast taping in South Lake. This is a shorter version of that 90-minute event.
We invited listeners to join us at a resort called Edgewood Tahoe. There were these floor-to-ceiling windows that revealed a panorama of the lake.
This live version of TahoeLand is a little different — and a little longer — than our other episodes. You’ll hear from scientists, city leaders and a story or two from locals who feel they’ve been left out of the climate-crisis conversation. I hope you enjoy it.
TahoeLand: The Political Climate
A common theme CapRadio’s Ezra David Romero hears while hanging out in Tahoe is residents disappointed that their elected official in Congress does not believe in human-caused climate change. If 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, why aren’t politicians doing more about it?
This perceived disconnect has caused people you wouldn't expect to jump into the political game and run for local office. And they’re running under the banner of doing something about climate change.
But don’t worry: This episode doesn’t go too far into the weeds when it comes to politics. It is also about seeing the lake differently. What if we thought of Lake Tahoe as part of our identity, instead of just a place we visit?
TahoeLand: Final Two Episodes Coming Soon!
The podcast team was in Tahoe this week doing a special live taping of our final episode, so we won’t have one for you this week. Ezra asked many of the people you’ve heard throughout the podcast: what’s next? What solutions are on the horizon? Stay tuned for that and our politics episode coming soon!
TahoeLand: Playing With Fire
The big fear in Tahoe is that a blaze the scale of the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise could happen, such as in a place like South Lake, where around 23,000 people live. The difference between Paradise and Tahoe is that, on any given day, there could also be tens of thousands of tourists.
There’s a lot being done in Tahoe when it comes to wildfires. Yet the region remains vulnerable. There are huge parts of the forest and hundreds of homes that need cleaning up and attention. And there are residents who don’t want to cut down trees or clear their properties. They want to keep their home’s woodsy, outdoorsy feel. But just one fire getting out of control could destroy the Tahoe we know today.
TahoeLand: ‘Locals Season’
Climate change is impacting everyday life for Lake Tahoe’s locals: Rich and poor, old timers and newcomers. These year-round residents, whose jobs are often to make sure tourists enjoy Tahoe, are being forced to adapt in order to make it. For some, it's heart wrenching. But for others, it’s giving them a new vision for Tahoe’s future.
Loved this show! Hope you guys make more seasons and/or shows about the Sierra.
This podcast really captures the spectrum of great work being done in Tahoe by a passionate group of people.
As a local in Tahoe for 10 years, it’s extremely disappointing that this podcast talked about the housing market and called Zillow for data and expertise. Do you know Zillow’s data is off in the tahoe basin my roughly 20%? Why didn’t you call the local associations. Many people here shoes to not even have their homes on Zillow. I’ve noticed everyone they talked to doesn’t actually have an accurate pulse on Tahoe. They just spoke to the loudest person in the room, not our actual community members and locks non profits. I wish they actually talked to people who Loved here not just people who study the lake but live in Sac or elsewhere.