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Let's Talk About Water
26 minutes | 2 days ago
Brother Ocean, Sister Lake: Why Water Deserves Respect and Human Rights
Dr. Kelsey Leonard, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo and member of the Shinnecock Nation, discusses how Indigenous views on the personhood of water can save that water. More and more bodies of water around the world are being granted legal personhood status, which gives them the right to be defended from industrial pollution. Dr. Leonard is fighting to make water justice a priority across government and bridge the gap between Indigenous belief and Western law.
1 minutes | 14 days ago
Season 2 Trailer
This season, host Jay Famiglietti sits down with some of the world's leading experts to once again talk about water and learns why some marginalized communities are denied safe water access, how flooding and droughts may end up forcing billions of climate refugees to flee their homes, which regulations have been gutted and need to be brought back to save us from disaster and more. Join us as we dive into our waters at home and abroad, confront the dangers they face, and learn how to save them.
27 minutes | 16 days ago
Bide(n) time for America’s Water Resources with Peter Gleick
Dr. Peter Gleick, co-founder and president emeritus of the Pacific Institute, believes Joe Biden could be the man to save American water policy, which has been foundering under Donald Trump. In his co-authored policy brief, Water Recommendations to the Next President, Gleick and his colleagues lay out the biggest issues with US water safety and access, and what President Elect Biden needs to do to guarantee continued clean water for all Americans and limit the global repercussions of climate change.
28 minutes | a month ago
Groundwater: 'Go Deep or Go Dry’ is Unsustainable
Debra Perrone, Assistant Professor UC Santa Barbara, discusses the dwindling groundwater supply affecting 12 million US wells caused by global warming and over-consumption. The world relies on groundwater, which is getting harder and harder to find. With groundwater close to the surface vanishing, well-drillers are forced to turn to deep drilling for corporate, agricultural, and domestic water needs. But going deep this way is far more expensive and increasingly yields contaminated water.
27 minutes | a month ago
The Great Climate Migration with Abrahm Lustgarten
Abrahm Lustgarten, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated environmental reporter, talks to us about climate migration, one of climate change's biggest looming threats. Rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and ever-increasing natural disasters are forcing people to abandon their homes and their ways of life to seek safer ground. As the planet heats up, the number of climate refugees will just keep swelling, up to 3 billion people -- a third of the global population -- by 2070.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
How Environmental Racism Pollutes Marginalized Communities
Ingrid Waldron is a sociology professor at Dalhousie University who argues that African Nova Scotian and Indigenous communities are victims of environmental racism, forced to drink tainted water, breathe polluted air and live next to waste dumps. Now these concerns are reaching national and even global audiences thanks to a best-selling book and widely streamed documentary, both titled "There's Something in the Water," made in collaboration with actor Elliot Page.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
California Drying, California Burning
In this episode of "Let's Talk About Water," California is burning. And Oregon. And Washington State. And not only are mega wildfires in the U.S. threatening – and sometimes taking -- lives and property there, they're pumping smoke and fallout high into the atmosphere that has spread to Canada and even entered European air space. Host Jay Famiglietti switches gears this week to talk about the absence of water in his onetime stomping grounds of California. Jay speaks to an old friend who resides in his fire-threatened former hometown of Sierra Madre, a leading climatologist named Bill Patzer; University of California wildfire expert Crystal Kolden and Hayley Smith, a reporter with the Los Angeles Times, who’s living on the edge of the biggest story of her life -- the infamous Bobcat Fire -- as it blazes in the mountains overlooking L.A.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
COVID-19 and Our Water Supply
What is the impact of COVID-19 on our water supply? As we learn on the Season 2 debut of "Let's Talk About Water" scientists' initial fears the virus could be a waterborne as well as airborne have lessened. But as it has in just about every other aspect of our lives, COVID has affected how we understand and use water. Host Jay Famiglietti speaks to water scientist Markus Brinkmann about the University of Saskatchewan's involvement in an important new international surveillance project. It tracks COVID-19 through large populations by studying their sewage. Jay also speaks to Navajo rights activist Emma Robbins. Robbins explains how COVID has jeopardized people engaged in the day-to-day struggle to find potable water on the largest Native American Reservation in the United States. And he talks to high-tech entrepreneur Trever Andrew, a member of the Shuswap First Nation in South-Central British Columbia. Clients from around the world are flocking to buy Andrew's new web-based app to help secure their water treatment systems during this anxious period of pandemic.
32 minutes | 9 months ago
Want to handle floods? Leave it to the Dutch.
Host Jay Famiglietti speaks with globe-trotting water expert Henk Ovink about the Dutch approach to water, particularly in comparison to North America. They explore the difference between how humans react to disaster versus how they react to climate change. Both are fraught with danger. Finally.... cue the theme music from "Cheers." It's the 10th and final episode of Season 1. We bid a fond farewell (for now).
31 minutes | 9 months ago
From building rockets to top U.S. water diplomat
President Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton. Aaron Salzberg. One of these 3 people regularly wears a pretty sick ponytail and has sat down to talk water policy with the other 2. That person is our guest this week: Aaron Salzberg is Director of the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He joins host Jay Famiglietti to chronicle his journey from car mechanic to heavy-hitting water diplomat in the State Department, to his new gig at UNC. Aaron tells some riveting behind-the-scenes stories on his time working with politicians, and he and Jay start an impromptu therapy session on the struggles of working in the water world.
24 minutes | 10 months ago
Pained communities, dry wells in Arizona: Ian James Part 2
A brief trip down memory lane for host Jay Famiglietti on a jaw-dropping moment in 2015 with the CEO of Nestle Waters North America. Then, back into the thick of it with guest Ian James, a reporter with the Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix. Jay and Ian dig into James' 6-part investigative series on groundwater depletion in Arizona, called "Arizona's Next Water Crisis," and touch on the Trump administration. Audio credits: Audio from the special report on azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic’s website. Audio clip from “Nestle Waters CEO isn’t stopping bottling in California, says new tech save millions of gallons” from Southern California Public Radio. (p) 2015 California Public Public Radio. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
22 minutes | 10 months ago
Big Bottled Water Battle: Ian James Part 1
Guest Ian James is a reporter with the Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix. He and host Jay Famiglietti reflect on their roles in the big bottled water battle that gripped California in 2015 as Nestle Waters North America refused to stop drawing water from a national forest during a drought. Ian shares a harrowing story about violence against small farmers in Peru who were seeing large farm companies running water pipes through their area, all while they were seeing their water levels drop.
30 minutes | 10 months ago
Zoning in on water shortages in California
Big topic: what's the state of drought in California these days? Plus host Jay Famiglietti talks about that one time he almost got fired from NASA, guest Newsha Ajami and Jay ponder what made people start using less water in California.
20 minutes | a year ago
Big bad Texas storms and more
Recorded at the American Geophysical Union's annual fall meeting in San Francisco. Host Jay Famiglietti sits down with old friend Bridget Scanlon, head of the Sustainable Water Resources Program at the University of Texas in Austin. They discuss big bad Texas storms, why flood waters are not commonly captured to be used in drought times, and how contaminants in water can be all natural.
29 minutes | a year ago
Water, peace and the Middle East: Part 2
Part 2 of our interview in Tel Aviv, Israel where host Jay Famiglietti sits down with Gidon Bromberg, co-founder and Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East. Gidon talks about his leap from attorney to non-profit founder. Jay and Gidon discuss how the holy site of the Jordan River has been "turned into little more than a sewage canal," and how it can recover.
26 minutes | a year ago
Water, peace and the Middle East: Part 1
This episode, host Jay Famiglietti sits down with Gidon Bromberg, co-founder and Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East. Gidon comes from the most water-scarce region in the planet, where basic facts and science are so heavily politicized that it's hard to agree on them. He lays out the landscape of this conflict over water between Jordan, Israeli and Palestine people. Gidon explains how people who often view each other as enemies are working together to deal with their immediate needs, like getting sewage treated, and how scientists are cutting through the politics to address shared water issues.
26 minutes | a year ago
Calling out scientists for not helping water-troubled communities
Our guests this week haven't always seen eye to eye when looking at a river delta that acts as a breeding ground for massive numbers of wildlife and waterfowl. Gary Carriere lives in a community that relies on the Saskatchewan River Delta for its culture and livelihood. Graham Strickert, Assistant Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, studies it. Host Jay Famiglietti navigates the waters with these two men as they explain how they came to see eye to eye. They also get into why this delta is troubled, and how they are melding science with real-world solutions for a Canadian Indigenous community.
20 minutes | a year ago
Please don't flush your drugs, and other underwater worries
Karen Kidd takes us underwater, metaphorically speaking. She tells us how pharmaceuticals, birth control and mercury affect fish and aquatic life — and how they got there in the first place.
1 minutes | a year ago
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