Swimming at ‘The Point’

As part of our series RadioNature, Maria Hinojosa takes her kids for a swim with their 75-year old grandmother at the ‘The Point’ in Lake Michigan. It’s where her mother took her as a child, and where today, three generations connect with nature and each other in profound ways.

This story is produced by Nusha Balyan and edited by Deborah George.

RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation.

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Guatemala City’s Basurero

The Guatemala City basurero is the largest garbage dump in Central America. It’s not a place anyone wants to be near, much less ‘work’ at. But for hundreds of guajeros, everyday is spent sifting through refuse looking for items to recycle. Correspondent John Burnett reports.

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We go to the San Francisco Bay Area to meet Charles Garcia, founder of the California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism. Garcia is a third generation curandero, a traditional healer. He treats the sick with tinctures, vinegars, and other concoctions made of plants, many of which he grows or harvests in the outdoors.

Reporter Lisa Morehouse tagged along with Garcia to find out what it’s all about.

Our series RadioNature is funded by the REI Foundation.

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From Farm Worker to Farm Owner

Karina Canto is pulling her red beets from the soil at a farm in California’s Salinas Valley. She’s a recent graduate of ALBA, the Agriculture and Land-based Training Association located in the Central Valley, that’s helping turn farm workers into farm owners and operators. It’s a unique program that has sparked a growing trend across the country.
Efren Avalos also graduated from the program.He owns and runs Avalos Organic Farm – A 17-acre plot of rich farmland located in the ranching and farming community of Hollister, California. We met up with both Karina, and Efren to find out about the journey of becoming farm owners and how it’s changed their lives.

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El Dia De Los Muertos

What would you get if you mixed Catholicism and ancient Aztec rituals . . . with colored sugar and hot candle wax? You’d get a beautiful alter built to mark a holiday that many Latinos, and non-Latinos, celebrate this week called El Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead. You’ve probably heard it erroneously called “Mexican Halloween” at some point for all the dark imagery of skulls, bones and death. But as Latino USA’s Marcos Nájera reports from Hollywood, the ghosts and spirits that appear during the first week of every November are anything but grim.

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