Episode 61 – Pathfinders – Warren County and the Goddess of Glen Canyon

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This week Olivia tells the story of the unexpected place where the environmental justice movement cut its teeth: Warren County, North Carolina. What started as a small town fighting against a dangerous landfill became national news and seven weeks of continued protests, led together by civil rights leaders and local activists.

Then Elise tells us about the cowgirl-actress-turned-canyon-advocate Katie Lee, who dedicated her free-spirited life (and her music) to the preservation of Glen Canyon.

Other topics include Simpsons villains, mediums with dark family histories, and swearing in board meetings.


Story #1: Warren County and the Environmental Justice Movement (Olivia)
Activists block trucks transporting PCB-contaminated soil to the Warren County landfill. [Photo by Jenny LaBalme]

Sources:
Environmental Justice: Opposing a Toxic Waste Landfill, PBS
Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality by Dr. Robert D. Bullard
History, Warren County African American History Collective
Warren County Birth of a Movement, documentary, 2018
Warren County Census of Population and Housing 1980 / Summary Tape File, North Carolina Digital Collections
Real People, Real Stories: Warren County, Exchange Project at UNC Chapel Hill, 2006
13 Plead Guilty to Dumping PCB’s in North Carolina, June 5 1979, New York Times archive
The Charlotte Observer via Newspapers.com
Transforming Environmentalism: Warren County, PCBs, and the Origins of Environmental Justice by Eileen McGurty
Meet Debra and Ken Ferruccio, WUNC 91.5 North Carolina Public Radio, October 2011

Story #2: Katie Lee, the Goddess of Glen Canyon (Elise)

Sources:
Katie Lee, Our Lady of Glen Canyon, Outside, May 2018
Remembering Katie Lee, an Icon of River Advocacy, Oars
“DamNation” Behind the Scenes: The Grand Dame of Dam Busting, Patagonia
Katie Lee, Glen Canyon Institute
Katie Lee, Folk Singer Who Fought to Protect a Canyon, Dies at 98, New York Times, Nov 2017
Katie Lee, Wikipedia
Glen Canyon Unit, Bureau of Reclamation
Effects of the Glen Canyon Dam on Colorado River Temperature Dynamic, Derek Roberts, March 2016
Under federal pressure, Colorado River water managers face unprecedented call for conservation, NPR of Northern Colorado, June 2022
Jackson, Mississippi Water Crisis Divestment, USA Today, August 2022

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This week Olivia tells the story of the unexpected place where the environmental justice movement cut its teeth: Warren County, North Carolina. What started as a small town fighting against a dangerous landfill became national news and seven weeks of continued protests, led together by civil rights leaders and local activists. Then Elise tells us about the cowgirl-actress-turned-canyon-advocate Katie Lee, who dedicated her free-spirited life (and her music) to the preservation of Glen Canyon. Other topics include Simpsons villains, mediums with dark family histories, and swearing in board meetings. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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