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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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Heat of the Moment: Sea Level Rise

Climate change is here affecting weather conditions and sea levels. In India it’s also having a more surprising influence on the country’s tigers. On this edition of Making Contact, reporter Daniel Grossman takes us to India in Heat of the Moment: Sea Level Rise. Heat of the Moment was originally produced for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and WBUR. Featuring: Pranabes Sanyal, former park director for the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve Amit Mallick, Sundarbans resident and man attacked by tiger Tushar Kanjilal, secretary of the Tagore Society for Rural Development Mohammed Sheikh Gafur, Sundarbans resident and tea shop owner Sugata Hazra, an oceanographer at Calcutta’s Jadavapur University Ainun Nishat representative to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Shafiqul Islam, director of a small college and founder of the Pani Committee Sheikh Nural Ala, chief engineer for this region of the Water Development Board Atiq Rahman, director of the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies Daniel Grossman, journalist. Credits: Host: Jasmin Lopez Producer: Daniel Grossman More Information Deep Water book video Fantastic Forests: The Balance Between Nature & People of Madagascar Antarctica Special Meltdown Inside Out Noah’s Raft: Saving Madagascar’s Wildlife Without the Ark, Radio Netherlands and Living on...

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Fighting Goliath (Part 2)

On last week’s show we brought you to Idaho and Montana, where hundreds of trucks were routed to haul gigantic mining equipment to the Tar Sands oil fields of Alberta Canada, but an alliance of citizens and community groups was able to block the transport through environmentally sensitive land. This week we continue the saga of the megaloads heading to the Tar Sands through the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies. We also follow two more tendrils of the Tar Sands project stretching from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia. This is the second of a two part special, on the growing resistance to the tar sands, produced by Barbara Bernstein. Listen the the first part here. Featuring: Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United conservation director Linwood Laughy, writer & historian Borg Hendrickson, Clearwater Country co-author Andrew Nikiforuk, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent author Bob Skinner, Canada School of Energy and the Environment interim director Annick Smith, A River Runs Through It co-producer Bob Gentry, environmental attorney Steven Hawley, Recovering a Lost River author David James Duncan, The Heart of the Monster co-author Zack Porter, All Against The Haul executive director Steve Seninger, University of Montana economist Spider McKnight, All Against the Haul communications specialist   More information: The Rural People of Highway 12 Fighting Goliath, Kooskia ID All Against the Haul, Missoula, Montana Wild Idaho Rising Tide The Common Sense Canadian ForestEthics Advocacy, Vancouver, BC, and Bellingham, WA Tar Sands SOS Sightline Institute, Seattle Andrew Nikiforuk Pacific Wild – Ian McAllister Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initative Coastal First Nations Recovering a Lost...

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Fighting Goliath (Part 1)

          The Canadian Tar Sands is the largest industrial project on earth. And the potential environmental consequences have brought together citizens from across borders, to fight its rippling effects. This is the first of a two part special, on the growing resistance to the tar sands, produced by Barbara Bernstein. Featuring: Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United conservation director Linwood Laughy, writer & historian Borg Hendrickson, Clearwater Country co-author Andrew Nikiforuk, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent author Bob Skinner, Canada School of Energy and the Environment interim director Annick Smith, A River Runs Through It co-producer Bob Gentry, environmental attorney Steven Hawley, Recovering a Lost River author David James Duncan, The Heart of the Monster co-author Zack Porter, All Against The Haul executive director Steve Seninger, University of Montana economist Spider McKnight, All Against the Haul communications specialist   More information: The Rural People of Highway 12 Fighting Goliath, Kooskia ID All Against the Haul, Missoula, Montana Wild Idaho Rising Tide The Common Sense Canadian ForestEthics Advocacy, Vancouver, BC, and Bellingham, WA Tar Sands SOS Sightline Institute, Seattle Andrew Nikiforuk Pacific Wild – Ian McAllister Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initative Coastal First Nations Recovering a Lost...

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2014 Year in Review

In today’s news cycle it’s challenging keeping up with the latest developments around the world. In 2014 we saw pro-democracy protests spanning 75 days in Hong Kong to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. Often we just get the stories when they first break, then once the height of a conflict diminishes or really when another issue surfaces to the top of the news cycle, that’s it. After that we don’t hear much more about the issue. Even though we know that the issues remain. On today’s show we’re going to bring you an update on some of the stories we’ve covered this year. We’ll go to a protest to talk to advocates calling for an end to using Native American imagery and stereotypes in sports. We’ll talk to the Center for Food Safety about the political outlook for supporters of better regulations of GMOs and pesticides. And we’ll get an update on US immigration policy from the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Featuring Alice Ollstein, radio producer Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee advocate for American Indian rights Morning Star Gali, co-chair of Bay Area Coalition to End Racism in Sports Jacqueline Keeler, founding member of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry Don Tipping, Seven Seeds Farm owner Chris Hardy, Rogue valley farmer Sylvia Wu, staff attorney at Center for Food Safety Catherine Tactaquin, Executive Director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. More Information: Articles: Change the Mascot campaign history Business Insider: Meet the Native American Grandmother Who Just Beat The Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder, Washington D.C. football team owner on ESPN Go Washington Post: The legend of Lone Star Dietz: Redskins namesake, coach — and possible impostor? ESPN: The 2,128 Native American Mascots People Aren’t Talking About USA Today: Redskins not only team targeted for Indian nickname Deadspin: Broadcasters Really Are Saying “Redskins” A Lot Less This Year Yes on 92: Oregon’s Right to Know International Business Times: GMO Crops: Two Oregon Counties Ban Their Cultivation Via Ballot Initiatives Center for Food Safety Wall Street Journal: Food Industry Wins Round in GMO-Labeling Fight The White House: President Obama’s immigration plan National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights SF Gate: Immigrants facing deportation do better in court with a lawyer Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice: Access to Justice for Immigrant Families and Communities Study of Legal Representation of Detained Immigrants in Northern California Featured Music: Roulet, Date  máquina solar, pende de un hilo   Photo Credit: André Cramblit holding “I’m not your mascot” sign protesting the name and mascot of the Washington D.C. football team Credit: Laura Flynn Marchers heading to Levi Stadium to protest the name and mascot of the Washington D.C. football team Credit: Laura Flynn...

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Divest! Pulling the plug on Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels are a trillion dollar industry but environmentalists say they have a plan to pull the plug on the industry: divestment. The campaign to get institutions to end their investments in oil, gas, and coal companies has won supporters around the US and abroad. But is the strategy working? We hear from students in Boulder, Colorado who have been campaigning since 2012 and we hear about the close relationship between the oil industry and professional soccer. Featuring Jay Carmona, Community Divestment Campaign Manager for 350.org Ben Ayliffe, Greenpeace Arctic Campaign Michael Goodman, sports writer for Grantland Stefan Szymanski, Professor of Sports Management and Business at the University of Michigan PD Gantert, Kelsey Cody, Fossil Free CU campaigners Ken Mcconnellogue, Vice President for Communication at the University of Colorado Steven Schueth, President and Managing Member of First Affirmative David Gross, Senior Instructor of Finance and Faculty Director of the Masters Program in Finance and Real Estate CU Boulder Host: George Lavender Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, Jasmin Lopez Contributing Producers: Hannah Leigh Myers, Alex Lewis, More information: The Case For Fossil Fuel Divestment Fossil Fuel Divestment A Brief History We Are Power Shift Fossil Free Harvard Must Divest From Fossil Fuels The Rockefeller Brothers’ Fund Gives Up Oil The Financial Case for Divestment of Fossil Fuel Companies by Endowment...

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