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MINING AND THE WOMEN OF GUATEMALA

Host Maria Hinojosa travels to Guatemala for a report on the many indigenous women there who are involved in clashes with multinational mining companies that they say are despoiling the environment and threatening their way of life.


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María Emilia Martin is a pioneering public radio journalist with over two dozen awards for her work covering Latino issues and Latin America. She started her career at the first community public radio station owned and operated by Latinos in the U.S. She has developed ground-breaking programs and series for public radio, including NPR’s Latino USA, and Despues de las Guerras: Central America After the Wars. A recipient of Fulbright and Knight Fellowships, she has extensive experience in journalism and radio training, in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia and other countries.

Bronx River Revisited

As we look back at a year of Radio Nature, we go back to where it all started: the Bronx Rivera. Latino USA went out on a canoe ride with a group of volunteers cleaning up the riverbanks.

We end out look back at Radio Nature by talking to Andre Rivera, education specialist at the Bronx River Alliance, about how getting to know the river changed his life.

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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Planet New Mexico

Writer and musician Raquel Z. Rivera a New York native, tells us about making a home in a new and radically different place: the desert in the outskirts of Alburquerque. A place she calls “Planet New Mexico.”

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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Raquel Z. Rivera, Ph.D. is an author, scholar and singer-songwriter. She is co-editor of the anthology Reggaeton (2009) and author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (2003). She blogs about her creative process at Cascabel de Cobre and about reggaeton and hip-hop at reggaetonica. A singer-songwriter, her debut CD Las 7 salves de La Magdalena / 7 Songs of Praise for the Magdalene was released in 2011. She has worked with the bomba group Alma Moyo, the Boricua roots music group Yerbabuena and Yaya, an all-women’s musical collective dedicated to Dominican salves and Puerto Rican bomba. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

 

 

 

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Soaring Skies

Jose Sainz, a master kite maker and flyer from San Diego talks to Jocelyn Frank about his fascination with the majesty and power of the wind.

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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Jocelyn Frank is an independent radio journalist, sound artist and musician. She’s produced and reported internationally for NPR and BBC Radio 4 and helped to develop and launch the successful UK-facing BBC Radio program Americana. She’s the creative director of Voices of Health; an audio project that documents the stories of DC residents living with HIV and AIDS. Voices of Health can be heard online and through listening stations installed in public spaces across the District of Columbia.

 

 

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Treasure Hunt

Geocaching, a sort of 21st Century scavenger hunt where players try to locate hidden containers using a smartphone or GPS, may seem like the ultimate in hipster playtime. But for our host Maria Hinojosa, it’s an exercise that gives her quality time with her daughter, lets her join in adventures with like-minded strangers and connects her to familiar landscapes in new ways.

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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A Tree Grows in Watts

Urban grit and natural beauty exist side by side in a community garden in LA’s Jordan Downs Housing projects. Go on an audio tour of this garden as part of Latino USA’s Radio Nature series.

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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Tena Rubio is an award-winning radio journalist based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She’s a frequent contributor to NPR’s Latino USA and is the former host & executive producer of the nationally-syndicated show Making Contact. A former TV news writer and producer, she is currently a member of the board of directors for the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR).

 

 

 

 

 

Blair Wells is a Los Angeles-based photographer whose journey with camera-in-hand began in 2002, using throw-away Kodaks to visually articulate his experience living in Central L.A. His love of documentary photography has led him to capture the face and heart of social issues, including projects featuring post-Katrina New Orleans day-workers, the everyday moments of a Santa Barbara homeless family and health issues of kids living near the Port of Los Angeles. Blair has also organized participatory photography projects involving the deaf community, as well as teenagers with autism. His projects have given participants an opportunity to express themselves in new and profound ways. Through it all, the human condition — the struggles and successes of everyday people — remains the single most compelling subject of his work.

 

 

 

 

 

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Soaring Skies

Jose Sainz, a master kite maker and flyer from San Diego talks to Jocelyn Frank about his fascination with the majesty and power of the wind.

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Jocelyn Frank is an independent radio journalist, sound artist and musician. She’s produced and reported internationally for NPR and BBC Radio 4 and helped to develop and launch the successful UK-facing BBC Radio program Americana. She’s the creative director of Voices of Health; an audio project that documents the stories of DC residents living with HIV and AIDS. Voices of Health can be heard online and through listening stations installed in public spaces across the District of Columbia.

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Tenderloin National Forest

We go to the Tenderloin district, one of San Francisco’s most densely populated areas to visit the Tenderloin National Forest, one of few green and open spaces in the neighborhood.

 

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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Joaquin Palomino was born and raised in the Bay Area. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in community studies, with an emphasis in social documentation. Despite holding a multitude of day jobs, he has produced a number of radio and print features for both San Francisco Bay Area and national outlets.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saving Alviso

Chuey Cazares has lived all of his 21 years in Alviso, California, a tiny hamlet, perched at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay. His close, extended Latino family has lived in this town for generations. Now sea level rise and storm surges brought on by climate change, threaten to inundate Alviso. Plans to save the town from flooding are underway, but the solution may be bitter sweet for Chuey and his family.


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This program was produced and directed by Claire Schoen. Associate Producers Vanessa Lowe and Erica Mu. Special thanks to Jan Stürmann, Stephen Most and Scott Koué.

For pictures of Chuey’s family, please visit www.searise.org

 

For the past thirty years Claire Schoen has been involved in media production, working on a wide variety of documentary and educational projects. As a producer/director, she has created several documentary films and over 20 long-format radio documentaries, as well as numerous short works. As a sound designer she has recorded, edited and mixed sound for film, video, radio, webstory, museum tour and theater productions. Claire has taught media production in several venues, including U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.

Flamboyan

Leda Hartman remembers her mother, Sonia Carlota Garcia de Barnes. After her mother’s death in 2010, Leda carried her ashes home to Puerto Rico to place them under the flame-colored flowers of the Flamboyan tree her mother loved.

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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Leda Hartman

is a print and broadcast writer, reporter and editor. She is a longtime contributor to nationally broadcast public radio programs. Her work has aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Latino USA, Living on Earth, Studio 360, and The World and Voice of America.

 

 

 

 

 

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

The REI Foundation focuses on supporting efforts to get more young people, including youth from diverse populations, into nature. Through this work, The REI Foundation’s goal is to help inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.

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