Not In Our Backyard: Fighting Pollution in Richmond, California
Richmond, California is one of the lowest-income communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s also one of the most toxic. On this edition, we’ll hear how community activists in this heavily polluted area are coming together to fight for environmental justice.
Special thanks to Richmond Confidential, a project of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley
Beats, Rhymes and Laughs: Culture As a Tool for Racial Justice
Artists and creative people have always used culture as a tool for social change. On this edition, excerpts from a panel on racial justice, culture and politics featuring some of today’s most insightful and outspoken artists.
Dam Shame: Rivers and Resistance
As we look for a solution to global energy problems and a way out of the climate crisis- some are turning to dams and hydroelectric power as a source of green energy. But at what cost? Massive dams are being built and considered all over the world, despite mounting concern over their economic, environmental and human impacts. On this edition, well take a closer look at the damage caused by hydropower projects, and well visit a community trying to keep their culture and homeland free from the destructive influence of river dams.
In the Shadow of the Wall: From Gaza to Arizona
In dozens of countries, millions of people live beside militarized border walls, areas which can be quite dangerous. From Palestinian farmers to shootings at the US and Mexico border; living in the shadow of the wall.
Human Rights: Not Just for Humans (& Corporations) Anymore?
Corporations have the same rights as people. But do our communities and natural ecosystems have any rights? How about our bodies, cells and genetic material? Thomas Linzey and Katherine Davies argue that in order to defend our bodies and our environment, they must be given rights under the law.
Art is Our Weapon: A Conversation With Climbing Poetree
Alixa and Naima are two poets who together make up Climbing PoeTree, an award winning performance duo. Mixing poetry and politics they seek to use their words to educate and inspire. On this edition, we hear performances by Climbing PoeTree and find out where such inspiring artists find their own inspiration.
Looking Back, Moving Forward 2012 Year in Review
As 2013 approaches, we look at some of the important issues we’ve covered in 2012: from domestic workers struggling for respect, to the consequences of climate change, todrone warfare. We’ll listen back to some highlights from those programs, and get updates on where those stories stand now.
Saving or Selling the Planet? REDD, Climate Change and Indigenous Lands
Around the world communities are already facing the impacts of climate change. Now international organizations, like the World Bank, are pushing a policy that asks polluters to offset their pollution by paying governments to protect forests. But is it working? On this edition, we take a closer look at this policy and ask, is it a plan to save the planet, or just sell it off? Well hear from indigenous activists and extracts from A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the Future of Forests by Jeff Conant, narrated by Dania Cabello.
Room To Breathe: From Chaos to Peace in the Classroom
At overcrowded and underfunded public schools across the country high suspension rates are exacerbating existing achievement gaps. Often, chaos in the classroom is to blame, keeping students from concentrating on their classes. On this edition we’ll hear excerpts from Russell Long’s film “Room to Breathe” which takes us to a middle school in San Francisco, California, that began teaching mindfulness in the hopes of giving students the skills they need to focus on learning.
The Electoral College’s Dirty History
Yale University Law & Political Science Professor Akhil Reed Amar says the Electoral College discourages voting, lessens the power of the states, and could work to the disadvantage of either major political party. Professor Amar speaks with Angela McKenzie of Initiative Radio about how the US constitution can be changed to create a more fair and just society