Audio Productions

Mark Trahant"The Extraordinary Native Vote of 2016." At local and state levels across the country, Native Americans are running for political office, and leveraging their voting power, in ever-increasing numbers. In Minnesota alone, three Native American women are running for state representative and one for state Senate. Nationally-known journalist Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock) has been mapping this stunning surge, and he was in Duluth MN to talk about his findings.

Paul DeMain, editor-in-chief of “Indian Country Today” newspaper, introduced the speaker at the American Indian Community Housing Organization in Duluth. Click here to listen to or download the audio (32 minutes).

"Standing Rock/Presidential Election 2016." In this 5-minute clip, Gerri interviews Mark Trahant about the historic and environmental importance of the Standing Rock encampment and social media's surprising role. He also shares observations about the presidential candidates’ outreach strategies to Native American voters. Click here to listen to and download the audio.

"Bike the Line: A Celebration of Anti-Pipeline Activism." Signaling the convergence of pipeline efforts spanning state and national boundaries, "Bike the Line" activists gather to share stories, song and drumming in the Karpeles Museum in Duluth, MN in August 2016. Broadcast on KTWH Radio, September 2016. Click here to listen to and download the audio.

"A Native American Perspective on Wilderness Protection." Jaime Pinkham grew up learning traditional Nez Perce ways on the reservation, and has worked to protect tribal land and sovereignty rights for 25 years. A key speaker at the "Lake Superior, 50 Years of Wilderness Conference" held in Duluth, MN in September 2014, Mr. Pinkham reflects on the gains and challenges facing society, especially Indian communities, in preserving the natural world for future generations. This interview with Gerri Williams was produced for and broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio.
Click here to listen to the 35-minute audio

"Whither the Climate Change Movement?"  Millions marched  for climate action in New York and elsewhere in 2014; can it make for any lasting change? In excerpts from a presentation at the University of Minnesota - Duluth, Steve Curwood, longtime producer and host of National Public Radio's "Living on Earth," assesses the prospects for a collective  shift in society's attitudes and actions. He highlights both moral and practical steps toward mitigating climate change. In an interview with Gerri Williams, he also discusses the little-known history of racial exclusion in the environmental movement, and how people of color can secure greater impact. This program was broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio on January 15, 2015. Click here to listen and download the 50-minute audio.

"Mining for Truth":  What’s the defensible use of an irreplaceable wetlands location that is home to endangered species and that borders on a pristine, federally-protected wilderness area? A giant foreign-owned mining company thinks it’s an ideal spot to establish an open-pit copper mine! With the clock ticking on a decision, Gerri interviews an attorney who critiques the proposed mine and explains what could happen next; she also talks with an investigative journalist who traveled the world to get the scoop on copper mines – and the environmental and economic legacy they leave behind. Hear, download, or forward the interview at this link:

"Go Green Media": Radio EcoShock host Alex Smith opens with an interview with publisher Bryan Welsh. Then Gerri talks with explorer Alexandra Cousteau, who continues the family commitment to preserving the world’s waterways. She discusses her new film on the Chesapeake Bay. Also interviewed are local filmmaker Robert Cole on “Potomac Reflections,” and Harry Lynch’s survey of energy choices, “Switch,” which premiered at the DC Environmental Film Festival.
Click  here to listen to the 59-minute audio
"Destruction and Impunity in Nigeria." It’s a big environmental story few have focused on: oil extraction and environmental destruction of epic proportions occurring for decades in Nigeria. Gerri interviews Jonathan Kaufmann, staff attorney for Earthrights International, on an international court case that could have a major impact on the accountability of giant oil companies. Broadcast November 28, 2012.  Click here for the 23-minute program.

"Occupy the EPA Rally - March 30, 2012": Helen Caldicott delivers a fiery speech at Occupy EPA on the nuclear threats we all still face. Afterwards, Gerri interviews her about what has to be done now to avoid catastrophe. Occupiers from around the region explain what brought them to the rally.
(Portions were broadcast on Radio EcoShock, April 3, 2012 and OccupyDC Radio, April 1, 2012.)
Click here to listen to the 25-minute audio

“OccupyDC and McPherson Square encampments post-eviction/Ahmed Saleh on the anniversary of the Egyptian uprising”
Broadcast on the weekly “Freedom of Speech” program
WPFW Radio, Washington, DC
February 8, 2012
Program commentary by Gerri Williams and Luke Stewart. Saleh segment recorded live and edited by Gerri Williams

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"Food for Thought"

Reporters: Gerri Williams and Aries Keck
Music: “Chains” from the Taimoor Band’s debut album, “Eastern Sweet” (Taiway Music)
April 2011
This pilot program consists of three segments:

  • Filmmaker Cynthia Cabib’s new film, “A Community of Gardeners” profiles neighbors who are creating food oases in Washington, DC
  • Virginia food bank clients gain nourishment and new skills through growing food
  • Urban agriculture hero Will Allen shares his vision of food bounty available in every city

Listen to the 53 minute audio here 

"Hurricane Katrina: Legacies and Lessons"
Broadcast on WPFW Radio, Washington, DC
August  30, 2010
Written and produced by Gerri Williams

John R. Harrald, Research Professor, Center for Technology, Security, and Policy, Virginia Tech and executive editor, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 
Chris Meehan, resident of New Orleans since 2004. He was evacuated from New Orleans to both Texas and DC. A skilled carpenter and builder by trade, he returned to New Orleans to rebuild his home and neighborhood.
Happy Johnson, Hurricane Katrina first responder with the American Red Cross Chapter in Southeast Louisiana, later founding the non-profit Blanket New Orleans, Inc.: Leadership For Our Recovery. 
Mike Tidwell is a veteran reporter and activist. He is executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America's Coastal Cities (2006) 

Listen to the 48-minute audio program here: