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Sacrifice Zones Pt. 2
Jun13

Sacrifice Zones Pt. 2

Since 2003 a rash of proposals have surfaced in communities throughout the Northwest to export vast amounts of fossil fuels to Asian markets via Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. If these plans go through the Northwest would become home to the largest oil terminal in North America, the largest coal export facility in North America, and the largest methanol refinery in the world. This week we present Part Two of Sacrifice Zones by Barbara Bernstein. It’s the final installment in a two-part series on the pressure to transform a region of iconic landscapes and environmental stewardship into a global center for shipping fossil fuels. Bernstein investigates how proposals for petrochemical development in the Pacific Northwest threatens the region’s core cultural, social, and environmental values. Special thanks to Dan Serres, Eric de Place, Carol Newman, Peter Seigel, Steve Early, KMUN Coast Community Radio, Melissa Marsland, Jerry Mayer, Jan Zuckerman and Bill Bigelow. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Barbara Bernstein, Writer, Narrator, & Producer of Sacrifice Zones Eric de Place, Policy Director at Sightline Institute in Seattle Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Campaigner to stop methanol refinery proposed on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington Paul Lumley, Former Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) from 2009 – 2016 and a citizen of the Yakama Nation Cathy Sampson Kruse, Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Pat O’Herron, Board President, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Andres Soto, Organizer Communities for a Better Environment, and Richmond (CA) Progressive Alliance Steve Early, Author of REFINERY TOWN: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City Clair Brown, Economics Professor at the University of California at  Berkeley Cheryl Johnson and Laurie Caplan, Former Co-Chairs of Columbia Pacific Common Sense Abbi Russell, Communications Manager for the Port of Vancouver, WA Jared Larrabee, General Manager for Vancouver Energy, a joint venture of Tesoro Oil and Savage Companies Linda Garcia, Board Officer for the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association Jared Smith, President for Local 4 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Arlene Burns, Mayor of Mosier, OR Charlie Hales, Former Mayor of Portland, Oregon, from 2012 – 2016 and co-sponsored Portland’s historic ban on future fossil fuel storage infrastructure Barbara Bernstein and Floating Glass Balls, Original Music Composition & Performance Credits: Making Contact Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Documentary Producer: Barbara Bernstein Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker The Puffin Foundation & the Regional Arts and Culture Council supported Barbara Bernstein’s work. Thank You!   More Information: Sightline Institute 350.org Seattle   350.org PDX   Audubon...

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Sacrifice Zones Pt. 1
Jun06

Sacrifice Zones Pt. 1

Since 2003 a rash of proposals have surfaced in communities throughout the Northwest to export vast amounts of fossil fuels to Asian markets via Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. If these plans go through the Northwest would become home to the largest oil terminal in North America, the largest coal export facility in North America, and the largest methanol refinery in the world. As the fossil fuel industry turns up its pressure to turn the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel export hub, a Thin Green Line stands in its way. This week we present Part One of Sacrifice Zones by Barbara Bernstein. It’s the first in a two-part series on the pressure to transform a region of iconic landscapes and environmental stewardship into a global center for shipping fossil fuels. Bernstein investigates how proposals for petrochemical development in the Pacific Northwest threatens the region’s core cultural, social, and environmental values. Special thanks to Dan Serres, Eric de Place, Carol Newman, Peter Seigel, Steve Early, KMUN Coast Community Radio, Melissa Marsland, Jerry Mayer, Jan Zuckerman and Bill Bigelow. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Barbara Bernstein, Writer, Narrator, & Producer of Sacrifice Zones Eric de Place, Policy Director at Sightline Institute in Seattle Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Campaigner to stop methanol refinery proposed on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington Paul Lumley, Former Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) from 2009 – 2016 and a citizen of the Yakama Nation Cathy Sampson Kruse, Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Pat O’Herron, Board President, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Andres Soto, Organizer Communities for a Better Environment, and Richmond (CA) Progressive Alliance Steve Early, Author of REFINERY TOWN: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City Clair Brown, Economics Professor at the University of California at  Berkeley Cheryl Johnson and Laurie Caplan, Former Co-Chairs of Columbia Pacific Common Sense Abbi Russell, Communications Manager for the Port of Vancouver, WA Jared Larrabee, General Manager for Vancouver Energy, a joint venture of Tesoro Oil and Savage Companies Linda Garcia, Board Officer for the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association Jared Smith, President for Local 4 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Arlene Burns, Mayor of Mosier, OR Charlie Hales, Former Mayor of Portland, Oregon, from 2012 – 2016 and co-sponsored Portland’s historic ban on future fossil fuel storage infrastructure Barbara Bernstein and Floating Glass Balls, Original Music Composition & Performance Credits: Making Contact Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Documentary Producer: Barbara Bernstein Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate:...

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New Rates! Call for Pitches July 2016

Do you have a story with perspectives on an ongoing local, national, or global issue? Do you have access to voices and perspectives that get lost in mainstream media landscape? Do they have ideas about how to cope, and how to change things? If so, consider pitching to Making Contact!  We’re looking for pitches from freelancers on several themes. NewsFlash #1 We’ve increased our freelance rates! See below. NewsFlash #2  With software from Hearken, our Ever Wonder? widgets ask listeners to suggest questions for reporters to ask. Come experiment with getting these crowd-questions. If your story would benefit from seeking audience input upstream, tell us about that. Seeking Pitches Immigration and Elections: We want your pitches! We’re looking for character-driven stories that focus on how immigrant communities engage in U.S. electoral politics. Here are some themes we’re interested in exploring: How are undocumented communities working around elections to mitigate the U.S. Supreme Court decision halting the expansion of DACA and DAPA? What factors contribute to disparities in electoral participation within different communities? How are immigrant communities addressing mis-information about how to vote, new voter ID laws, and other barriers to participating in elections? Are immigrant communities organizing to put politicians in office?  What are the opportunities and challenges? How are communities organizing outside of the electoral process to influence politics locally and/or nationally? How are groups working against Trump and Trumpism beyond the conventions? How is campaign financing influencing immigration rhetoric and policies? Got an idea, let us know!  Open to all and we are especially  looking for reporters who are themselves immigrants for our Immigrants and Elections miniseries. Guns: We’re looking for stories that bring new perspectives on guns, gun violence, mass shootings, and masculinity. These could be personal stories. They could also be more investigative or explanatory pieces. We’d also welcome other pitches related to guns, maybe a look at one of several states’ legislation to allow or ban concealed carry on college campuses. Occupy, 5 Year Anniversary: For this show, we’re looking for a story about a small town in the U.S. that responded to the call to Occupy a public space as part of Occupy Wall Street. We want to know why they decided to participate 5 years ago. What difference did it make? And what lessons did they carry into their organizing today? People in Prison and Sentencing: We’re looking for stories detailing the effects of the prison systems on children and families, delving into life after incarceration, and stories examining sentence reduction reforms at the state level. For instance in California, Prop 47 passed in Fall 2014. It reduces drug possession and five...

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BP Five Years Later: Deepwater Horizon and the Cost of Oil

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, not everyone is “back to normal”. On this edition, we follow BP’s trail from the Bayous of Louisiana to the fine art galleries of London. Featuring: Antonia Juhasz, investigative Journalist Monique Verdin & Beau Verdin, Houma tribe members David Gauthe, community organizer Thomas DarDar, United Houma Nation Chief Mark Miller, Southern Utah University History professor Mel Evans, author of Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts  Host: Andrew Stelzer Contributing Producers: Anna Simonton SEGMENTS Houma Tribe Fights for their Existence 5 Years After BP Reporter Anna Simonton takes us down to Southern Louisiana, where the Houma people have been battling BP–and the entire oil industry–for decades, as they struggle to maintain their community’s very existence. Antonia Juhasz on BP and the Gulf, 5 years After Deepwater Horizon We speak with author, analyst, and oil industry expert Antonia Juhasz. She’s been following BP since even before the Deepwater Horizon spill, going back to her 2008 book, “The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry and What We Must Do to Stop It.” Keeping Big Oil out of Big Art We go to BP’s corporate hometown, London England. For the past decade, going back even before the gulf coast spill, a coalition of artists has been subverting the oil giant’s efforts to greenwash its reputation through sponsorship of the art world, and specifically, the Tate, one of the most highly regarded art-institutions in the world. More information: Liberate Tate Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts by Mel Evans Oil and the Arts Antonia Juhasz United Houma Nation My Louisiana Love BP Global-Gulf of Mexico Restoration You & I Films 10 Reasons Why BP Got Off and Offshore Oil Drilling Just Got More Dangerous The politics of energy: Oil and gas The Great Invisible (movie trailer) Pretty Slick  (movie trailer) The Dilbit...

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Special thanks to Richmond Confidential, a project of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley

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