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Air, Metal, and Earth
27 minutes | May 7, 2021
Episode 4: Gasoline
Most of the lead that is in our environment today traveled as thin particles through the air that we breathe, here in Southern California, and in any major city in the world. In this episode we will find out what cars, motels, and the state of Minnesota have to do with a history of lead. We will also hear about a few scientists that, against all odds, were trying to change the story about where lead was coming from and what it meant for our society
25 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Episode 3: Agriculture
In this episode, we will look at the history of the citrus industry in Orange County. We will ask how agriculture related to the presence of toxic substances in the county's soil. But we will not stop there. With the help of Dr. Sackman, we will explain how oranges changed not only the natural landscape in Southern California, but also our core ideas about what this place represented.
40 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Episode 2: Lead Paint
In today's episode we look at the contentious history of lead paint. We will see how the widespread use of this deadly product was shaped by mining companies and capitalist forces. We will also find out how the struggles to get rid of it were once connected to the fight for affordable housing and racial justice during the civil rights era.
28 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Episode 1: A Community against Lead
Lead is an epidemic that has been ravaging communities of color across the country and the world for 100 years. The reasons why it was and continues to be so rampant of an issue did not hinge upon the individual choices of parents or homeowners. The story of lead in our environment is a story about capitalism, the politics of science, and the subtle and overt workings of environmental racism.
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