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Expert interviews, stories & discussions on the environment and environmental justice in North Carolina and across the nation. Every fourth Tuesday of the month, host Brian Powell digs into environmental topics most outlets ignore. Brought to you by the North Carolina Conservation Network.

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Expert interviews, stories & discussions on the environment and environmental justice in North Carolina and across the nation. Every fourth Tuesday of the month, host Brian Powell digs into environmental topics most outlets ignore. Brought to you by the North Carolina Conservation Network.

    Trouble For Cities Putting Industrial Chemicals Into The Haw River

    Trouble For Cities Putting Industrial Chemicals Into The Haw River

    This episode features award-winning environmental journalist Lisa Sorg, who discussed a dangerous industrial compound in the Haw River basin -- and what the state and environmental groups are doing to combat the polluters.

    Plus, Duplin County resident Elsie Herring traveled to Washington, DC to testify before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, which held a hearing on environmental justice concerns around the country. Herring provided moving testimony about the harms her community has experienced at the hands of industrial pork producers in North Carolina.

    Finally, we spoke with Lewis Dozier, a farmer and community leader in Brunswick County, who shared insight on his fight against landfill construction, the impacts of development and climate change on his community's water supply, and the systemic racism that has plagued black farmers in the South.

    • 52 min
    A Summit For Justice

    A Summit For Justice

    The North Carolina Environmental Justice Network hosted their 21st annual NC Environmental Justice Summit in Whitakers, NC last week. We spoke with members of communities impacted by environmental justice concerns, including Community Resilience Award winner David Hairston and two former Alcoa employees with disturbing insight into the company's safety and discrimination policies while it operated in West Badin, NC -- and the toxic mess the company left behind when it moved operations overseas.

    Plus -- Rev. Elly Mendez Angulo talks about the storied history -- and future -- of the Franklinton Center at Bricks, where the summit took place.

    • 47 min
    How Does North Carolina's Regulation Of Industrial Agriculture Compare To Other States?

    How Does North Carolina's Regulation Of Industrial Agriculture Compare To Other States?

    We talk to investigative freelance journalist Barry Yeoman and Sam Fromartz, editor-in-chief of the Food & Environment Reporting Network, about why the state of North Carolina is way behind other states when it comes to keeping tabs on the factory farm pollution that is devastating our state’s rural communities of color. Plus, we’ll check in on the youth-led global climate strike and speak with attendees of the strike in Raleigh on September 20th.

    • 56 min
    How To Improve Community Aid In The Storms To Come

    How To Improve Community Aid In The Storms To Come

    Environmental justice expert and community organizer Sherri White-Williamson grew up in the small towns of Sampson County, North Carolina, an area hit hard by Hurricane Florence. As Sampson County residents continue to grapple with storm recovery efforts, along with a high density of polluting industries and waste disposal sites, White-Williamson shares insight into how state and federal governments can do a better job of coordinating with community members and ensuring that all people are protected and helped in the storms to come.

    Plus, Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Matthew Starr discusses a major new legal victory for environmentalists fighting to save several endangered species threatened by a massive highway project.

    • 50 min
    50 Years After The River Burned

    50 Years After The River Burned

    50 Years After The River Burned by NC Conservation Network

    • 56 min
    Finding Ancient Trees & Contaminated Compost

    Finding Ancient Trees & Contaminated Compost

    A tree older than Christianity has been discovered in a remote swamp in North Carolina. We spoke with Dr. David Stayle, the scientist behind the discovery, about how to protect the ancient grove and what the tree can teach us about climate history.

    Plus, NC Policy Watch journalist Lisa Sorg walks us through an investigation shining a light on dangerous chemical contamination of compost that may have been applied to playgrounds and other sensitive locations.

    Finally, we revisit an interview with Dollie Burwell, the mother of environmental justice, about what it takes for social justice movements to take hold.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

Bo Dub ,

The best source on NC environmental policy

This podcast is fantastic, mostly thanks to the caliber of both host and guests. Each episode gets in-depth with some of the state's best thought leaders on all things related to North Carolina's environment, waterways and conservation. Brian is especially great about making conservation policy approachable and digestible for the whole political spectrum.

upperneuserk ,

Must listen

This podcast is a wonderful resource for anyone Who has a interested in or cares about North Carolina’s environment and natural resources.

Douchey Boo ,

Well researched show with excellent host

This is a show that does its homework. The host, Brian Powell, albeit left of center on most issues, clearly has found his niche on the radio. He has an excellent radio voice and his interviews are well researched and intelligently delivered. I highly recommend this show even if you don't have a huge taste for the environmental issues plaguing North Carolina. You just might change your mind, and if not, at least you will be entertained and informed.

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