2016 Podcasts


When the feeling of helplessness to stop climate change struck him, US Forest Service biologist Kent Woodruff passionately set out against all odds to save his community and the earth.


Hear Nicole Horseherder and Marshall Johnson, founders of the Navajo organization "Beautiful Water Speaks," tell their story of groundwater loss and coal mining on the Black Mesa in Northern Arizona.


Who is to blame for the problems climate change poses to the world? Who is responsible to fix them?


The discovery of a supposedly extinct fish in Death Valley has led to the restoration of more than just wetlands. 


Hear the story of the Colorado River, told through the eyes of the Cucapa tribe of Northern New Mexico, longtime residents of its formerly lush delta.


Public lands logging can benefit environmentalists, rural communities, and the forests, too. 


For those hoping to reduce the damage caused by cattle grazing on Western public land, there are several paths of action: do you work from outside or inside the system? Do you take a hard line or try to compromise? Listen to two stories of people who have had to make these choices.


Legislative and economic incentives pushing solar energy onto public lands damage the very places they were designed to protect


A story of a Forest Service struggle to balance habitat health with the demands of public lands recreation.


An examination of the ongoing Black Hills land claim dispute between the United States and the Sioux Nation.


New Mexican farmer and writer, Stanley Crawford, walks through a collaborative water rights system that shapes the landscape and his community within it.


Why do some communities embrace innovation while others cling to the past?


Science and passion are equally important ingredients to becoming a successful activist.


A story of perseverance, told from the mud flats of the Colorado River Delta.


Stories can help us care about complex issues, but can also lead us astray. 


As environmental pressures increase, ranchers and conservationists consider the struggles surrounding public lands grazing. Generations after its inception, does ranching still belong on public lands?


Sometimes to save a species, we must take an individual.


Navajo activists in Arizona fight to preserve sacred space from the specter of development: a proposed tramway into the Grand Canyon.


What does it mean to lose the places we hold dear? Land in the American West faces a barrage of political, climatic, and economic pressures.  Hear the stories of grief and hope from those who call this region home.


Texan wildlife specialist Billy-Pat McKinney's unique path shows that people can be open to change.