Gold prices have skyrocketed during the pandemic, and illegal mining is bigger than ever. We’re living in a 21st-century gold rush. Today on the show, investigative reporters Nicholas Nehamas and Jim Wyss take us to the underworld of South America’s illicit gold trade and share information and insight from their new co-authored book, Dirty Gold. […]
“To be born Indigenous means to be born into a struggle against big extraction and the same colonial forces that colonized Europe before they got to our shores,” says Chase Iron Eyes. Today, he joins us on the show along with fellow Native activists Gussie Lord and Frank Bibeau to share updates from their vital […]
Yesterday, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ policy board increased licensing costs for sulfide mining in the state. As part of the policy changes, the board is also setting aside places that are no-go zones for sulfide mining — including wildlife refuges and other places of environmental significance. But do the new policies go far […]
Most science fiction espouses one of two very different visions of the future. In the utopian visions of classic “golden age” sci-fi, humanity grows wiser over the years to come, with social, political and economic advances keeping pace with technological change. In the dystopian vein of more recent sci-fi, humanity may still have cooler tech, […]
Pedro Cabezas is a community organizer working to ban mining in El Salvador. Leigh Hardy is a Boston-based social worker and former president of the board of US-El Salvador Sister Cities. Today, they discuss the victory of the popular movement in El Salvador in winning a national ban on metallic mining on multi-national corporations, and […]
Have you heard about the Wisconsin Mining Standoff? The GTac mining proposal? What about the Enbridge pipeline expansion? Listen to this edition of A Public Affair to find out more!