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Rockapulco: Surf’s Up In New York!

A surfer with a Brooklyn accent? That seems pretty weird. But it exists! Three surf instructors from the New York Surf School show Maria the radical side of New York City. Frank Cullen, Kevin Kash, and Rich Livsey are living proof that there is such a thing as a New York surfer and that they can be pretty hard core.

 

Special thanks to NY Surf School, a year round surf school based in Rockaway Beach.

 

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Puerto Rico’s Eco-Farmers Go Back To The Land

In Puerto Rico, the word jíbaro brings to mind a classic image: a rural peasant working his land, wearing a straw hat and overalls. Machete in one hand, plantains in the other. But it also become a derogatory term, signifying backwardness. You hear it all the time – “Don’t be a jíbaro, don’t be stupid.”

However, a new generation of eco-farmers in Puerto Rico are working to bring pride back to the jíbaro lifestyle. Young people all over Puerto Rico are heading back to the land and starting organic farms up in the mountains, growing everything from coffee to kale. The island has fertile soils and a year-round growing season, yet Over 85% of Puerto Rico’s food is imported. This new generation of hipster jíbaros are working the change that, by promoting organic agriculture and starting alternative businesses serving healthy good. At the same time, they’re trying to figure out how sustainable farming can provide solutions to tough problems facing Puerto Rico today, from obesity to food security.

This story is part of the RadioNature series which explores the ways Latinos connect with nature. RadioNature is supported by the REI Foundation.

 

 

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Marlon Bishop_new headshotMarlon Bishop is a radio producer, writer, and reporter based in New York. His work is focused on music, Latin America, New York City and the arts, and has appeared in several public radio outlets such as WNYC News,Studio 360, The World and NPR News. He is an Associate Producer at Afropop Worldwide and a staff writer forMTV Iggy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taking Out The Trash

Over the last four years, 568 tons of illegal trash was collected near the busy port of Los Angeles. A lot of it winds up in the community of Wilmington, just south of downtown. The number of industrial warehouses and shipping yards there…and the lack of streetlight make it easy for just about anyone to dump anything, illegally.

Salvador Lara is trying to change that.

 

This story is part of the RadioNature series which explores the ways Latinos connect with nature. RadioNature is supported by the REI Foundation.

 

Photo Credit: Molly Callister
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Molly Callister is a freelance radio producer in Los Angeles, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in print and radio from the University of Southern California. In her off time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and hiking in the hills near her home. But most of all, she loves hearing others people’s stories and telling them on the radio. You can find her on twitter, @mollyreports.

 

 

 

 

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Conquering Colorado’s Mountains

Fresh out of a divorce and going through depression, Stella Juarez decided to take up hiking. Now, it’s an addiction that has helped her heal. Juarez is on a mission to climb all 53 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks, called “fourteeners,” and she’s inspiring others to follow in her tracks. Reporter Lesley McClurg joined Juarez and two young Latinas for a climb in Central Colorado.

This story is part of the RadioNature series which explores the ways Latinos connect with nature. RadioNature is supported by the REI Foundation.

Photo courtesy of Lesley McClurg, Diana Oregon climbing Mount Sherman, Colorado.  

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McClurgLesley McClurg is a reporter and producer for Colorado Public Radio’s daily interview program, “Colorado Matters.” She came to CPR after getting her start in public radio as a freelance reporter and producer for KUOW in Seattle, Washington. Prior to that, Lesley spent more than three years working in public television in Seattle, reporting on a variety of stories and producing long-form segments for KCTS 9 Public Television.
In addition to her work as a journalist, Lesley also has extensive experience in documentary filmmaking and writing. A seven-time Emmy Award nominee, she won an Emmy Award in 2009 for the documentary, “Green Prison Reform.” Lesley holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Louisiana State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Real Spelunkers Of Puerto Rico

Forget the beaches ­– some of Puerto Rico’s most stunning natural environments are actually located under your feet. Our producer Marlon Bishop visits one of the island’s 2000 caves with a team of hardened local spelunkers on a journey in search of indigenous cave art. After a long journey hacking through the jungle with machetes, they arrive at a rarely-visited cave where Taino shaman may have once performed the sacred cohoba ritual.

This story is part of the RadioNature series which explores the ways Latinos connect with nature. RadioNature is supported by the REI Foundation.

 

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Marlon Bishop_new headshotMarlon Bishop is a radio producer, writer, and reporter based in New York. His work is focused on music, Latin America, New York City and the arts. He is a frequent contributor to WNYC, Studio 360, The World, Latino USA and MTV Iggy. He is an Associate Producer for Afropop Worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Elk Whisperer

New Mexico hunter Mark Casillas is trilingual. He speaks English, Spanish, and Elk. Latino USA producer Michael Simon Johnson tells us more.

This story is part of the RadioNature series which explores the ways Latinos connect with nature. RadioNature is supported by the REI Foundation.

 

troutFor more information, check out conservationist group Trout Unlimited.

 

 

 

 

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michael-johnson-headshot-150x150Michael Johnson was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He spent most of his childhood making music and groaning when his parents put on NPR in the car. So naturally he graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Sound Design, moved to New York and made his way into public radio. As an engineer, he has worked for Afropop Worldwide, WNYC’s Radio Rookies, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He commits much of his time to working on radio and multimedia projects but can often be found playing the bass, rock climbing, and traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

Air Quality in Albuquerque

Residents of a poor industrial neighborhood in Albuquerque are learning to monitor the quality of their air. KUNM’s Sara Van Note reports.

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VanNote Sara Van Note is a freelance journalist and educator based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She files locally with KUNM, and has reported on immigration and education issues. She’s inspired by the Southwest’s incredible landscapes and people, and keeps an ear out for rich accents, unexpected birdsong, and watery oases. Sara recently returned from a year in Nicaragua, where she taught kids yoga and English and shared her photos and wonderings on her personal blog and in online news outlets. Her work with a women’s community radio project in northern Nicaragua helped her develop a new understanding of the power of radio.

 

This story is part of the RadioNature series which explores the ways Latinos connect with nature. RadioNature is supported by the REI Foundation.

 

 

 

 

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Nature Without “Fronteras”

At the U.S.-Mexico border, a fence is no boundary for a garden with native flora and fauna, maintained by several volunteers, is found nowhere else in the world. Reporter Valerie Hamilton sent us this audio postcard about nature without fronteras.

This story is part of the RadioNature series which explores the ways Latinos connect with nature. RadioNature is supported by the REI Foundation.

Photo courtesy of Valerie Hamilton.


Valerie. photoValerie Hamilton is an independent producer. She reports on issues on and around the U.S-Mexico border for U.S. and European public media. She’s based in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

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Peak Shots

We meet Claudia Lopez, the first Colombian woman to summit in the Himalayas. Lopez makes her living photographing world-class climbers, but she volunteers helping injured climbers get their confidence back. Juliana Schatz reports.

This story is part of the RadioNature series which explores the ways Latinos connect with nature. RadioNature is supported by the REI Foundation.


Click here to download this week’s show. Cover image courtesy of Andrew Stelzer. 


Images courtesy of Claudia Lopez.

Schatz_headshotJuliana Schatz specializes in stories of public health and human rights in communities of color, but her love for the outdoors and adrenaline means she occasionally dabbles in adventure storytelling. Her work with PBS FRONTLINE, GlobalPost and Sender Films has taken her from the peaks of Giza to the sky-high Rocky Mountains.

 

 

 

 

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Bronx River Alliance park cleanup event

September 15, 2012 

Want to be part of a global day of cleaning up shorelines? Want to enjoy a fun day alongside America’s newest National Water Trail? Want to hang out with your friends, canoe, bike, and learn to hike? Join The Futuro Media Group and Latino USA to spend the day celebrating New York City nature and the Bronx River! 

Led by the Bronx River Alliance, Friends of Soundview Park, and Partnerships for Parks the Soundview Park clean up  is part of  International Coastal Cleanup Day - a global day of environmental stewardship – and is also a special celebration to recognize the Bronx River as a National Water Trail. The Coastal Clean Up in the Bronx removes debris along the waterfront where the Bronx River flows into the Long Island Sound.


The  Coastal Clean Up will be a fun day for the whole family. Besides improving the shoreline and water quality, the day’s activities include canoeing, biking, fishing demonstrations by I Fish NY, outdoor classes by REI stores in Soho and Yonkersand guided tours of the Soundview salt marsh wetlands area. Bikes and lunch are both provided and the event is free! Early birds can sign up to canoe into the park, leaving at 8:30 am (limited seats).

The park is a little tricky to get to and shuttles from the subway will be provided.

Registration required — limited to 100 volunteers:

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About the Radio Nature Series of The Futuro Media Group: The Bronx River has been reclaimed and restored to being a living urban ecosystem, and regular canoe tours show off the nature in the river, from fish to beavers. As part of our special series on Latinos and the environment, “RadioNature,” The Futuro Media Group took listeners on a journey down the Bronx River to learn about its restoration. Listen to this story here: Rowing Down the Bronx River (August 2011).

What to Wear: You will be cleaning up a natural area and could get wet and muddy! It is recommend to wear closed-toe sport sandals or old sneakers, lightweight pants or shorts of nylon or similar quick drying material (running pants, warm-ups, wind pants) and a light jacket or rain-jacket if the weather is questionable.

What to Bring: Sunglasses, a wide brim hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, bottle of water, and maybe a change of clothes.

The Radio Nature series and the Clean Up Day are sponsored by REI Foundation.

 

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