Broken Ground

By Southern Environmental Law Center

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Broken Ground is a podcast, presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, digging up environmental stories in the South.

Episode Date
New Season Coming Earth Day, April 22

The latest season of Broken Ground, featuring women in the South on the frontlines of fighting for environmental justice, launches this Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. 

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Apr 16, 2021

Find out what we learned about sea level rise in the South. Who will be hit the hardest? What can we do? How can we navigate a path forward?

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Sep 23, 2020
Uncharted Territory

In Norfolk, Virginia scientists battling sea level rise enlist residents to help collect data that could help the city better understand its rising tides and flooding problems.

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Aug 27, 2020
Progress for Who?

In Charleston, South Carolina and its suburbs questions of environmental justice and wetland protections arise as development encroaches.

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Aug 12, 2020
Flood City

In Norfolk, Virginia homeowners like Karen Speights are struggling with the hard decision of staying put in rising waters or finding a way to start over. Meanwhile, the city is hoping it can buy people time.

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Jul 29, 2020
Breaking Point

With waters rising in Charleston, South Carolina we explore what, if any, breaking point there is for people living and working in this city. And we talk to city officials about making the big decisions of what, and what not, to build when trying to keep a flooding city livable.

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Jul 15, 2020
Gardening Tidewaters

Norfolk, Virginia's waters are rising fast, and its land is sinking. The city's plans to meet this climate change challenge could be a blueprint for other coastal communities. Among other plans, Norfolk has set it sights on revamping its aging public housing complexes. We'll talk to folks living in one of these communities about what adaptation will mean for them. 

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Jun 30, 2020
Earl Swift: Watching Waters Rise

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island. He talks about the slow disappearance of this unique Virginia island to climate change.

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Jun 09, 2020
Margaret Renkl: Backyard Environmentalism

Author and New York Times contributing opinion writer Margaret Renkl talks about her book Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss. Renkle essays reflect on the intersection of family life, grief and her natural surroundings.

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May 19, 2020
Dr. Robert Bullard: Environmental Justice Is Equal Justice

Dr. Robert Bullard, widely considered the father of environmental justice, talks about the inequality of pollution and climate change.

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May 05, 2020
Drew Lanham: Call of the Rural South

Author and wildlife biologist Drew Lanham talks about his book, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature. Lanham discusses his love of birds, his South Carolina homeplace, and reconciling the South’s legacy of hate with its beauty.

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Apr 21, 2020
Earth Day Bonus Trailer

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Apr 20, 2020
Riding the Solar Coaster

Solar energy is growing by leaps and bounds in the Southeast and becoming a way for schools to save money.  In this episode, we visit two Virginia schools to better understand the key role policies play in whether schools can go solar. 

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Jul 01, 2019
Demand For Power

An elderly couple steps up to defend their farm and neighbors when pipeline developers won’t back down from a risky, environmentally damaging project that – after years of delay – is now obsolete.

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Jun 04, 2019
The Real Housewives of Coal Ash

When two North Carolina women received letters from state officials that their water wasn’t safe to drink due to coal ash pollution, they fought it all the way to the state house.

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May 05, 2019
Tip of the Ashberg

The 2008 Kingston, Tennessee coal ash spill was disastrous at the time, but what came a decade later would reveal the full devastation of the tragedy.

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Apr 18, 2019
Broken Ground Season 1 Trailer

Broken Ground is a new podcast from the Southern Environmental Law Center digging up environmental stories in the South.

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Apr 15, 2019
Broken Ground Episode 1 Trailer

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Apr 12, 2019