2021 Best Narrative Nonfiction Podcast Award winner at Tribeca Film Festival. This is the story of the guardians of the Okavango water system. These guardians have a monumental task: safeguard a remote, near pristine environment facing threats from all sides. This podcast follows what happens when worlds connect, and at times collide, with the common goal of protecting a place
Introducing: TED Climate
Thank you for listening to the first season of Guardians of the River. There's more on the way, but today we're featuring a preview of a new show you might enjoy: TED Climate.
This episode asks, what if there were 1 trillion more trees on the planet?
Host Dan Kwartler takes us behind the bark to understand the anatomy of our gentle green giants and how every root, leaf and twig work together to improve our planet, and what we can do to help support them in the fight against climate change.
In the final episode of this season, we ask the biggest question of all; the one that persists beneath many of the world’s most pressing headlines, and haunts us in the face of a global climate crisis.
How do we protect our home? And Is this question in and of itself — impossible? Utopian? Patronizing? Neo-colonial? An answer emerging from a place seemingly frozen in time could be the key to our future.
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The Land at the End of the World
In Eastern Angola, a group of lakes might occupy some of the least visited corners of the planet. They feel like a world without industrial development, proof that humans can’t be so bad if there are still places like this. It’s so good, that maybe...the best thing to do to protect it is stay out? For hundreds of years, the demon-like dragon Mukisi and its legends have guarded the lakes with great success. In this episode, we explore what outside attempts to protect this landscape will actually do.
Koketso Mookodi, also known as Koki, is a Motswana who didn’t learn about the Okavango Delta until she found herself living in the Delta in her 20’s, being stalked by a female lion and working in a luxury tourism lodge. As her journey through the region unfolds, Koki realizes what kind of change is possible for the people of Botswana; and what Kerllen and the team can learn for the work ahead in Angola.
The Edge of Home
The Okavango Delta is the world’s 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage site; and for its animals and its immeasurable feeling of wilderness, it is a major tourism destination. But not all residents have been included in its success. What starts with a hippo hunt continues with a journey through Botswana’s past to understand what makes a place a rightful home for a group of people. And who should benefit when that land reaps a profit?
The Smallest Dragonfly
In some Angolan traditions, magic is not just something people sit around campfires and talk about late at night, it lives in customs and day-to-day life. Owls are believed to see death. And snakes are agents of the devil. So what happens when a team of scientists and local Angolan guides embark on the largest wildlife survey in Angola’s recent history? And how will documenting local animal populations help protect the region?
Guardians of the River
This series of podcasts is most interesting and educational.
I have spent time in the Okavango Delta in Botswana and witnessed the huge herds of elephants there. In all my visits I never questioned the source of where all that water came from or how sustainable it might be or why there are so many elephants in Botswana.
These podcasts explained how important the source is so clearly. Each episode had a different theme which made it interesting.
I love all the interviews and the music is beautiful.
No wonder it won a major award.
Congratulations to everyone involved. I am blessed to have met Cat Jaffee in Cape Town, where I live, and thank her very much for introducing me to Guardians of the River